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Our new A. versicolor sling

Discussion in 'Avicularia' started by octanejunkie, Sep 15, 2015.

  1. octanejunkie

    octanejunkie Active Member 3 Year Member

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    Well, it's not really new to us, but I hadn't officially posted about it here, so it's a new announcement!

    We got an Avic sling from Paul at Pet Center USA back on July 17th (great experience and an awesome guy) and have been playing it pretty conservatively since we are new T keepers overall. The T had just moulted the day we bought it 2 months ago.

    We put it in a 24oz K cup (perforated all around) with 1" of cocoa fiber substrate, a cork-bark chunk with silk leaves and a water dish/jar. This enclosure has been working fine for us.

    We've been feeding it 2x per week until we noticed it had holed itself up in a web-cocoon about 2 weeks ago - we usually see it out of it's webbing. After the first time it skipped a meal we figured it was in pre-moult so we stopped feeding and waited... it moulted this past Friday. Not sure which instar this is, but it's about 1.25-1.5" leg to leg.

    Sunday afternoon I offered it a white, freshly-shed rusty red juvie, about 5/16", which disappeared from the drop spot in about an hour while we were out - so I'm assuming it's eating again.

    I will post some pics later but I'm thinking our first foray into Avic keeping has been successful, so far.
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    octanejunkie Active Member 3 Year Member

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    Not the best pic, but this is what I have at the moment, post molt
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    Fuzzball79 Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    I can't see any picture :(, but maybe that's just my computer.
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    octanejunkie Active Member 3 Year Member

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    It's there, but here's the link just in case
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    Fuzzball79 Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Strange all I'm getting is a grey "no entry" sign. Maybe my PC is blocking it for some reason.
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    octanejunkie Active Member 3 Year Member

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    Our avic ate this past Thursday for the first time since molting the Friday before. Otherwise its been hanging out just inside the rim of its water dish pretty much all the time.
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    Fleas Active Member 3 Year Member

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    Am glad you're avic is doing well keep up the good work:)
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    Same here.
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    octanejunkie Active Member 3 Year Member

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    I'll upload to photobucket and repost later
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    octanejunkie Active Member 3 Year Member

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    Housing and sling after latest molt
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    Broadside
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    Tummy time close up
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    If you can't see those, I' don't know what to do...
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    Therasoid Well-Known Member

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    All the photos loaded for me. Very good looking sling. Congrats on the successful molt. Keep up the good work, you're doing well.
    Where they bred by Paul? If so, give him a call and he should be able to give its age. Just my guess its 3i now.
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    octanejunkie Active Member 3 Year Member

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    To the best of my knowledge, no he did not breed this batch. He works with a breeder and brings them in. He has full import docs and offered to let me look but it honestly wasn't important to me at the time.

    The sling I chose had just molted a day or two before I picked it up, the molt was in the webbing. I waited a few days to feed on Paul's recommendation and rehomed it about a week after that. It's been in the kcup pictured ever since and molted exactly 2 weeks ago as of the writing of this message.

    Sadly, it's moving away from the bright blue it was when I got it to a darker blue/black, but that seems common of the species.
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    Therasoid Well-Known Member

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    Ahh.. that's right, you are within driving distance to Paul's shop. Lucky you! [emoji3]
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    octanejunkie Active Member 3 Year Member

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    Update, two years later

    We lost the avic sling after about 3 months, presumably to a failed molt, but I can't be sure.

    On the other hand, our B. Albopilosum is thriving and 5 molts later is ready to be rehomed for the 3rd and hopefully final time.

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    Whitelightning777 Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    I have a versicolor as well. She's a wonderful T. Maybe try again but with a juvenile or at least over 1" in size.
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    octanejunkie Active Member 3 Year Member

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    Maybe I'll try again in the spring. Thanks!

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