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Could a cricket have dismembered my arachnids?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by aenigmatica8, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. aenigmatica8

    aenigmatica8 Arachnopeon

    Hi all, I found my Brachypelma vagans and my Phidippus audax in half and empty on two different occasions. The only connection being that there was a cricket in both cages. Both seemed totally healthy before this happened. Is it possible that the cricket killed them? I can’t imagine they would have put up with that! Is there any other possibility of how this happened?

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  2. Adam96

    Adam96 Arachnosquire

    I heard they can damage T's when molting but I've personally haven't heard of them cutting a healthy T in half
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  3. Sarkhan42

    Sarkhan42 Arachnolord

    I’ve had crickets kill mantid nymphs with reasonable size difference before, but never had it happen with a spider. I’d say it’s possible but I wouldn’t rule out something else killing the spider, then the cricket cleaning up afterwards.
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  4. chanda

    chanda Arachnoprince Active Member

    I had a cricket behead an otherwise healthy flower mantis once, so I wouldn't rule it out - particularly if the cricket was bigger than the spider - but crickets are scavangers and will eat dead things, so it's also possible that the spiders might have died first, then the crickets just took advantage of the situation.
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  5. dragonfire1577

    dragonfire1577 Arachnolord Active Member

    Ia agree with this, either the cricket did it or it dismembered the spider after it died of other means.
  6. StampFan

    StampFan Arachnobaron Active Member

    Here's a Youtube video from yesterday documenting a cricket killing a T, Tarantula Dan:
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  7. aenigmatica8

    aenigmatica8 Arachnopeon

    I definitely hope that they just died naturally and then got eaten. It just seems odd that the T was a sling. The jumper was an adult male but I saw no signs of aging.
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  8. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    Both died naturally, then got dismembered? Yeah, and you might win the lottery twice in one day.....not likely. Cricket mandibles are formidable and a hungry cricket can see just about anything as food. My guess is the crickets were a little larger as well, likely what made the spiders less aggressive and the cricket more aggressive.

    These spiders were almost certainly dismembered by the crickets. One of those reasons we always tell people not to just leave feeders run free in enclosures....super worms and mealworms are just as capable of this as well, but you can at least crush their heads to prevent t.
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  9. Mvtt70

    Mvtt70 Arachnobaron

    Crickets are known to be able to kill molting/freshly molted Ts, so anything is possible (as well as scavenging the Ts after they died of other causes but if the Ts were smaller than the crickets its a good possibility they killed them).
  10. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer