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Basic Sling Care

By: Will Rhoads

Housing:

Keep them in vials with adequate ventilation.

As they grow you can transfer them to deli's or Michael's acrylic cubes. Provide substrate similar to what they would need as an adult. 100% organic peat or Eco-Earth are good substrate choices.


Fossorial-

2-3 times the tarantula's leg span in substrate depth

2 times the tarantula's leg span in enclosure width and length

1.5 times the tarantula's leg span from substrate to enclosure top

No décor needed


Terrestrial-

1-2 times the tarantula's leg span in substrate depth

2-3 times the tarantula's leg span in enclosure width and length

1.5 times the tarantula's leg span from substrate to enclosure top

No décor needed, however a small piece of cork bark can be used as a hide


Arboreal-

1 times the tarantula's leg span in substrate depth

2 times the tarantula's leg span in enclosure width and length

2-3 times the tarantula's leg span from substrate to enclosure top

A small sprig of fake plant or a small piece of cork bark can be provided


Feeding/Water:

Feed every 3-7 days. Provide live prey items smaller than the combined length of the prosoma and opisthoma. Pre-killed prey items can be provided; they should be smaller than the tarantula's legspan. Cricket legs can be used if small prey is not available.


Dry loving species should have approximately half of their substrate moistened by by pouring water on the substrate. Humid loving species should have most of their substrate moistened, and should never be allowed to completely dry. Arboreal's enclosure sides can be misted to provide water, but the substrate should still be moistened. Moistened substrate should be damp, not sopping wet.All slings need fairly high humidity to ensure that they molt properly. If you have to wet the substrate too often, restrict ventilation somewhat.


Molting:

Slings should be fed around 1 week after molting until they reach 2+” legspan, at this point 10 days to 2 weeks is safer. Sling exoskeletons will darken considerably before a molt, remove any un-eaten food items and ensure the enclosure is sufficiently humid at this point.

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