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how long to finish off a cricket?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Feeding and Feeder Insects' started by smallbike, Apr 8, 2018.

  1. smallbike

    smallbike Member

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    Hi, my A. Seemanni got a cricket last night around 7 pm, and as of noon today she hasn’t really moved and is still holding onto it. I feel like she usually doesn’t spend this much time eating so of course, being inexperienced, I’m worried. She doesn’t look like she’s actively consuming it; more like it’s just stuck to her mouth (hard to tell). Should I be worried, or is this just another spider quirk?
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    Arachnoclown Well-Known Member Premium Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    I've had them wrap them up and wait a day or so to eat them. I've even had Ts kill them and walk away. If she doesn't eat it that's fine...she might not be hungry. No worries...;)
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  3. Dave Jay

    Dave Jay Well-Known Member

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    It can depend on the cricket/spider size ratio too. I fed my two smallest slings crickets about the same size as their bodies, which were the smallest crickets I could get, and one kept going back to feed for two days, the other finally wrapped it's up on the third morning. With those two they fed, left it for a bit then came back and fed again repeatedly before finally wrapping the remains up into a bolus. Maybe yours has been moving away and coming back to feed again? I doubt it's stuck to it.
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  4. ALD

    ALD Active Member

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    Let it be. Let it do it's thing. I know it's hard because we love our critters and want to help.
    Really messing with them can do more harm than good.
    I agree with the two previous posts as well.
    Good luck :)
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    Its probably not a serious issue (like the sucking stomach), they'll sometimes kill the prey and leave it if they're not hungry or just eat really slow.
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    Thanks everyone! I figured leaving her alone and letting her do spider stuff was the best option, and the cricket was nowhere to be found about 24 hours later ;)
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