Advertisement Hello, thank you for taking the time to read this. I have always believed that tarantulas, like other spiders, inject their prey with a venom that both paralyzes the victim and breaks down the tissue inside of the victim allowing the T to "suck out" the innards like a milkshake. Now that I have a sling i notice that the spider does indeed hold crickets to it's mouth like it is sucking on it, but the shell of the insect also slowly disappears. So now, assuming that the T actually chomped down its crickets like a turkey sub, I hit the internet and searched for an answer. All I can find are posts that claim that the T's do indeed "suck up" their prey. So where is the rest of the cricket going? Does the venom actually dissolve the carapace of the food as well as the innards? Perhaps the T sucks up the juices and then crunches down the carapace for a nice after-dinner snack? I am a bit confused by this.