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Can I feed slings mealworms?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Feeding and Feeder Insects' started by Inky, Aug 9, 2018.

  1. Inky

    Inky Member

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    I will be getting two slings; an a. avicularia and a B. baumgarteni. Can I feed them mealworms from local bait shop?

    Thanks
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    Whitelightning777 Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    You can always prekill them by removing the head. Mealworms can kill a T if it's caught molting.

    Small B lats or flour beetles might be better for very small slings. If your sling is 1 inch, mini sized meal worms (smaller then the usual small size sold in pet stores) might work.

    I feed my 4 B sabulosum slings B lats pinhead sized.
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    I have a few slings and I cut up a superworm into four pieces and drop them in. I have actually watched the slings run out, grab a piece and run bak in to its hide.
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    what about regular earth worms?
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    Larger terrestrial Ts will eat them. Specifiably, my bT stirmi, Pamphobeteus machala and L Klugi love their post most and monthly earthworm but I wouldn't switch to them alone.

    Small earth worm sections maybe between 1/2 to 1 inch in size might also work for small slings but I haven't tried that yet.



    Basically Earthworms are better for larger spiders as a supplement not primary feeder.
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    Mealworms cut into small pieces will be perfectly fine for small slings. When in juvie stage, you can start feeding superworms and larger roaches. In my case slings get prekilled crickets or mealworm parts, larger soecimens get superworms or mealworms.
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    Earthworms....might as well feed them fruit flies. feeder-insect-nutrition-data.png
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    That's why Earthworms are just good for an occasional treats, not the main source of food. They are also good for the first post molt meal. It's not a bad idea to give untested fangs something very soft for the first go around.
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  9. Inky

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    Thanks! Looks like a helpful chart.
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