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B. Emilia sling!

Discussion in 'Brachypelma' started by Ethel Webster, Nov 5, 2017.

  1. Ethel Webster

    Ethel Webster Member

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    20171102_111257.jpg 20171026_123013.jpg Around 10 days ago I got a B. Emilia sling. Right now it looks more like an 8 legged baked bean! It hasn't eaten since it arrived, it runs away from food and ignored pre killed. I guess it may be in pre moult or just selling in still. It's water bowl is an empty ibuprofen blister!
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    Nanchantress New Member

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    What a great idea for a water dish !
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    Whitelightning777 Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    It's purely my guess, but that blackness in the abdomen is probably premolt.

    I'm about, say, maybe 70% sure that's what it is. The other possibility is simply it's color.

    If they burrow as slings but haven't yet done so, that might be an issue. A starter burrow might help.

    It's my best guess so get a second opinion.
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    Dustin Amack Well-Known Member

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    Interesting... I agree with maybe starting a burrow for it. All of my slings can be stubborn eaters as well. I found that they really have taken well to red runner nymphs. I put one in with them alive and it's always gone a while later. Keep offering it food, make sure it's not too big and you will be fine.
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    Throw a few flightless fruit flies in there. They can’t hurt the sling (even in pre molt) and they make a great meal. After 2-3 days, the 4-5 you drop in will be gone—they don’t live long.
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    Well, finally it has eaten this morning! On Sunday I made a tiny hide out of a bottle cap since it hadn't burrowed still. It spent all day yesterday in it and this morning I found it eating a prekilled mealworm that I had put in last night. It's still munching it's way through it! So, it would appear that it needed a hide to feel secure. So glad it's eaten at last as it's been over 3 weeks since it arrived. 20171121_105628.jpg
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