Spiderlings, also called Slings are a little more work to take care of than an adult tarantula, however, they are much cheaper and watching them grow from tiny half-inch babies to eventual half-foot adults with bright colors and distinct personalities is the fun part.
A Mexican Redknee sling will cost us 25 dollars from kenthebugguy.com. Plus an overnight shipping fee, she will still actually be cheaper than a sub-adult or grown tarantula. Which can cost upwards of 200 dollars. Although I will not be able to sex it until she (or he) is older, we can afford to wait. Ken the Bug Guy is the most reputable breeder/collector in the hobby. And everything I’ve researched says he’s the guy to go to for anything bug related.
As I mentioned earlier, slings are a little more work. By this I mean, they eat a little more often, they molt a little more often-just like a baby growing triple it’s weight the first year. They need a little more humidity and slings are fast.
Imagine a tiny toddler. Zipping from here to there, eating every 3 days, molting once a month and growing to a full inch in just a few months. I’ll have my work cut out for me.
Unfortunately, Ken is not taking orders until the new year so we have to wait just a few more days to order the little one. Which is okay. I have yet to get air holes in the containers and my Tarantula Keeper’s Guide hasn’t shipped yet. So I have some waiting to do.
I just am so excited!!!
I’ll be calling her Ximena Maria. (He-men-nuh) It means “listening intently” or “harkening”in Spanish-or so I’ve been told. If she ends up being a he….I think Che or Gomez are good names. But I’m hoping we get a little girl. She’ll live a long time and honestly, I don’t know how I feel about sperm webs. (it’s a web males make with sperm and then they take up a sac of it and insert it into the female with his pedipalps-his front legs that look like hands, sort of)
No matter, sexing a tarantula takes time and waiting too. They have to mature. And that’s a story in itself. I’ve already ranted long enough. I’ll write another post on sexing later.
Until then. It’s New Years Eve. I have a lot of chores to do, and a concert to get to with Ryan.
Happy New Year, friends!