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G. Pulchra slings

Discussion in 'Grammostola' started by SpoodLover, Jun 29, 2018.

  1. SpoodLover

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    I have 2 pulchra slings and they borrowed down and I haven't seen them in weeks! Should I try to dig them up?? I'm really worried.... they're only about 1/4 inch.
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Most tiny slings will burrow but are they feeding? I have some that I never see but their food disappears overnight.
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    I have one in a clear container that burrowed down about four inches and created a little cavern. They closed up the shaft to get down there but I can see them and is still moving around
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    I use flightless fruit flies and they're so tiny I can't tell if they're gone or maybe dead! Should I feed something else?
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    I really don't like to dig them up or disturb them too much once they've settled in. Here is what I would do: Get a cricket or roach that is about 1/2 an inch. Smash the head, cut the legs off and cut it in half. Leave the two halves on opposite ends of the enclosure before you go to bed, and take a picture for reference. Then, in the morning, check to see if either half is gone or moved. If it is gone or moved, then your little guy is just dug in and comfortable. If not, he's either in the process of molting, or there might be a problem.
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    Fruit flies are only good for Ts that are feeding for the first time...a few days after becoming 2nd instars. Small pinhead roaches are the best or even pinhead crickets. I wouldn't dig them up...if the burrow is open they are probably feeding. If it's closed...premolt. Chances are they are out at night...in the dark when your sleeping and you don't see them.
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    My two pulchra slings are doing the same, I wouldn’t worry. Small slings will often burrow. I have caught mine above the surface a few times but mainly I don’t see them. For feeding I have been cutting up super worms and leaving a piece for each sling. I’ve seen them scavenge those. Eventually they’ll get a little bigger and they’ll be more likely to stay visible.
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