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Thoughts on feeding Therea petiveriana (domino roaches) to tarantula?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Feeding and Feeder Insects' started by Aviculture1, Apr 13, 2018.

  1. Aviculture1

    Aviculture1 New Member

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    Has anyone ever tried feeding these? I know they are slow to produce and mature but that is what is appealing about them and when the colony gets big enough I would feed them off to the tarantula.
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    MassExodus Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    I think its going to come down to shell hardness. Are Dominos hard shelled?
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    PanzoN88 Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't use them as feeders, for one simple reason: domino roaches look too stunning to use as feeders.
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    Aviculture1 New Member

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    I have no idea since I have never seen one other than online. I was hoping someone here might have some experience.
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    Aviculture1 New Member

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    Don't you like your food to look appetizing? :D
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    sdsnybny Well-Known Member

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    Domino roaches are not easy to come by nymphs go for $2-$5ea, I would sell them and buy feeders that are 10 times cheaper.
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    My point is that if I start a colony and I end up with too many could I feed the extras to the tarantulas? I have no interest in trying to sell them.
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    Buy some and toss them in...
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    Cost versus nutrition it's a huge waste of money to use them as a feeder. Even though they would probably be ok to use its kinda silly. That's why you don't see anyone using them. You could get many hissing roaches for the cost of one domino and the hissers would be more nourishing. I'd sell your extras rather them use them as feeders.
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    Dustin Amack Well-Known Member

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    ^^^^^ Agreed :)
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    sdsnybny Well-Known Member

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    I believe they also take aprox 1.5-2 years from nymph to mature and produce offspring.
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    I'd be interested to know if your spiders feed on the old ones. Just out of curiosity. Many spiders are picky about their food.
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    I haven't heard of anyone doing this. Shell hardness could be a concern as mentioned.
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    I found someone who raises them and has tarantulas and she said that she has fed off the nymphs to her Ts and that there just wasn't much to the adults so I finally got my answer.
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