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A. geniculata feeding

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by thesillynames, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. thesillynames

    thesillynames Arachnopeon

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    Hello, Im pretty new to this hobby and still learning alot of stuff. I got a question for all of you fellow breeders. I reccenty bought a sling (3cm) LS A.G and It can eat like truck. I fed her 2 roaches eceryday and It took them without any queation. So I want to know If feedeing eat everyday with 2 roaces is okay? I read that it will speed its growth but will reduce its lifespan. Thank you very much for your help I can provide a picture if needed
     
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2019
  2. Tenebrarius

    Tenebrarius Arachnobaron Active Member

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    it will at worst get obese and suffer the risks that come with obese Ts like abdomen dragging. Ts will fast when they dont want food. I dont know the size of the roaches you're giving, probably small ones I assume.
     
  3. Ungoliant

    Ungoliant Malleus Aranearum Staff Member

    Two roaches a day is an excessive amount. I would reduce the feeding to maybe 1-2 a week (depending on the size of the roach). This species will still grow quickly even on a less extreme feeding schedule as long as you're not keeping it cool.

    While tarantulas don't experience the same complications from obesity that mammals do, there are still risks. A plump terrestrial tarantula is at greater risk from falls, since its abdomen is more likely to rupture upon impact. Tarantulas can also experience drag/scrape injuries on the underside of the abdomen if it's dragging along the ground.
     
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  4. Nightstalker47

    Nightstalker47 Arachnoking Active Member

    You cant overfeed a fast growing sling, it all goes towards growth. Adults and sub adults are a different story.
     
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  5. Ungoliant

    Ungoliant Malleus Aranearum Staff Member

    That is true, but at 3 cm, it's starting to transition out of "grow out of the sling stage" mode and into a juvenile feeding schedule.

    Additionally, even with my hungriest slings, I've never fed more than 2-3 times a week. (Feeding rates will vary based on the meal; I use mealworms, which are filling meals, so I tend to feed less frequently.)