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    Prep and research for my first Tarantula

    A. Versicolor (arboreal) Sling Enclosure

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    So, this is my first attempt to create a small enclosure to hold a new Arboreal sling.

    Please feel free to leave lots of feedback

    1. Supplies (container is 4x4x10, and wood is split to create crevice)


    2. Backdrop (replaced lid with 32oz fabric lid, seen in background)


    3.Top View ( there is a 4" deep crevice under the leaf)


    4. Front view (water bowl is natural crystal-rock)



    Be gentle, I am a Tarantula noob, don't even own my first one yet. Still in the research stage and getting proper housing for the little guy

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    Looks just fine to me, how big will the sling be? I have my A. avicularia in a 12" x 6" x 6" container which is not setup as nice as yours! I am ashamed! LOL

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    They are about 3/4 - 1"... Just shipped out both of them today. They should arrive on Wednesday!

    pS.. the enclosure looks great! Are you going to make it a communal setup or do you have 2 of them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by massmorels View Post
    They are about 3/4 - 1"... Just shipped out both of them today. They should arrive on Wednesday!

    pS.. the enclosure looks great! Are you going to make it a communal setup or do you have 2 of them?
    Sweet can't wait. soooo excited

    Just finished the second enclosure, btw Swords mine are a little smaller than yours 10H x 4w x 4d.



    And both enclosures together...



    Funny thing is? I am thinking there is just enough room for a terrestrial enclosure (for a sling) right in-between those two enclosures

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    lol.. what kind of terrestrial do you have your eye on? I've only got 1 species here though.. but can easily get you whatever you want.

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    Oh geez, now to decide on a terrestrial tarantula. so many to choose from.

    Well, lets see, I prefer an pretty and active one that is not going to hide the entire day.
    But must meet certain requirements:
    1. high heat 70-75f nights and 82-90f days
    2. high humidity 80% + nights and 65% + days.

    I think I have narrowed my choices down to:
    1. Brazilian Black (Acanthoscurria geniculata)
    2. Brazilian white knee (Acanthoscurria geniculata)
    3. Brazilian salmon (Lasiodora parahybana)
    4. Mexican red knee (Brachypelma smithi)

    I considered the Green Bottle Blue (Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens)
    and Brazilian black and white (Brazilopelma colloratvillosum)
    but am unsure if my high heat and humidity would not be ideal for them.

    I am open to more suggestions though
    Last edited by Dodge; 06-30-2010 at 04:34 AM. Reason: Added scientific names

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    You lost me.. you really need to get in the habit of using scientific names. Common names can get jumbled and confusing. Brazilian black could mean 3 different tarantulas to me.
    I'd also recommend something old world (non-urticating) for a beginner T. You may regret getting a spear chucker this early on. L.parahybanas, brachypelmas, and GBB's are pretty flickity.. You may end up looking like this after trying to just feed them.
    The end result of being caught in an urticating hair storm.. talk about itch and burn!!


    I have 3 Chilobrachy fimbriatus here.. They are about 3"-4" and showing AMAZING colors. SUPER heavy webbers. Non-flickers.. Great all around terrestrials.

    http://massmorels.com/images/Tarantu...imbriatus.html

    But again, it's your T and your choice. Just want you to have an idea of what your getting yourself into with ground dwellings Ts. Like I said, I don't really keep terrestrials of any kind. Arboreals is where it's at!

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    A. Versicolor

    Yay
    Received the 2 little guys today, SOOOOOOOOOOOO ******* COOL

    Cute little blue guys, I already released them into thier new enclosures and they are exploring their new homes.

    they are app. 1/2" so cute, love them

    I might have to start feeding with flightles fruit flies, I think small crickets might be to big, they are about the size of a small cricket.

    I will post pictures tomorrow or Friday...

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