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Refusing food.

Discussion in 'Tarantula Feeding and Feeder Insects' started by ALD, Apr 3, 2018.

  1. ALD

    ALD Active Member

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    I am going into week three (this weekend)of my GBB not taking crickets.
    I put one in and she runs the other direction. At first I felt she hadn't noticed it, but now I am thinking she is ignoring it by going the other direction purpose. I will try again this weekend but she does not seem amused so far. I know she can go without food for a while so I'm not worried. All I can do is keep offering. I wonder what is up. Perhaps premolt?
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    Likely. Food size can make a difference though. I have several Phlogius sp. slings around the same size, some will tackle comparably large crickets no problem , others are scared of that sized cricket but will readily take smaller ones. They do seem to be individuals in that respect.
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    Could be pre molt, could be prey size, could be the spider isnt hungry. As long as it has water and a decent sized abdomen, it will be fine.
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    My bet would be premolt. I've fed my gbb's large prey items and never found them to turn down a challenge like alot of my other Ts. 20180404_131110.jpg My girl was staring at me while I was typing this...
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    I have three spiders refusing food right now. Every day I rush home and check on them, hoping to find some freshly molted Ts. Maybe today :p
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    Thanks all. She has been taking down rather large crickets without hesitation until the past two weeks. I'll try again probably this weekend to offer and see what happens. Her response was so quick and without mercy before. Hahaha so its odd. That's why I'm assuming premolt.
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    Pic of her so you can see abdomen size.

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    They are gong to do what they are going to do, don't worry. If it's hungry, it will eat. Mine recently did this as well, then she molted...
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    Arachnoclown Well-Known Member

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    She's definitely not starving....she looks great.
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    Thank you!!!
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    ALD Active Member

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    so, we are at the three week mark. I offered her a cricket. Dropped it right in front of her. They were face to face. She had a foot on it it looked like. Then let it go. So, it's confirmed. I can't say she missed it or anything. She outright was like "no thanks!!!"
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