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8 inch female Poecilotheria rufilata: Anybody Else Seen This Behavior?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by MrCrackerpants, Jan 6, 2012.

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    I have a 8 inch female Poecilotheria rufilata. For the last 24 hours she has been hanging upside down on the enclosure glass with her first legs at the substrate level. The tip of her right first leg is on the top of a adult female Madagascar hissing cockroach (Gromphadorhina portentosa) and has been for the last 24 hours. Both animals are alive and healthy. Anybody else seen this behavior?
  2. grayzone

    grayzone Arachnoking Active Member

    aww... did somebody make a friend? lol... i had a cricket land on my old female A. genic's abdomen once and she was eating the other 4 crix for like 2 hours with this lil guy on her back. eventually she got tired of playin taxi and got him too, but i thought it was strange she tolerated it so long.
  3. lol lol lol lol lol
  4. 1hughjazzspider

    1hughjazzspider Arachnoknight

    I have no idea why she's got her leg on the roach other than she's probably not hungry. But if she's all stretched out and one leg is on the ceiling of her enclosure while another is touching the substrate, are you sure you have a big enough enclosure to house her in?
  5. billopelma

    billopelma Arachnolord Old Timer

    Probably a standoff, whoever moves first loses. Dubia are the real masters for that, they'll stay motionless for days or even weeks, whatever it takes. Try making the hisser move, poke it by way of a vent hole or maybe drip water on it.

  6. jbm150

    jbm150 Arachnoprince

    ^Exactly. Both are creatures of patience, that roach breathes funny, it's d-e-d dead!
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  7. No, she has 10 inches above her until the lid. It is a 12 X 12 X 18 enclosure.

    ---------- Post added 01-06-2012 at 09:44 PM ----------

    I'll go try that.

    ---------- Post added 01-06-2012 at 09:53 PM ----------

    I sprayed the cockroach with water. It did not move much. It is acting like it may have been envenomed.
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2012
  8. grayzone

    grayzone Arachnoking Active Member

    yeah... thats most likely the case.
  9. When my ornata was around 2 inches I would throw a cricket in and she would immediately run to the floor flip on her back and wait for it to walk over her then crunch it... I watch her do it four different times strangest thing I've seen.
  10. WOW!! Now THAT is bizarre and something I would have liked to see.