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Cricket bit on leg, and survives?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by Pyrelitha, Jun 11, 2018.

  1. Pyrelitha

    Pyrelitha Arachnopeon Active Member

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    Ok so my Gbb, first T, sling when I tried to feed him today, he grabbed the crickets leg. You could see both fangs in the leg, and after about 3 minutes the cricket broke off his leg and ran away. The T lost interest when I tried to reintroduce the cricket, he just kept the leg. So I put the cricket in a keeper, fully believing the thing would die to the venom... but its alive?? How? Does anyone know?
     
  2. Pyrelitha

    Pyrelitha Arachnopeon Active Member

    Also was the leg just a fine meal? He ate a full cricket 3days before
     
  3. Tearsacid

    Tearsacid Arachnopeon

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    Very interesting that the venom didn't make it to the crickets body. Crickets and grasshoppers can release legs as a defense mechanism so he must have released the injured leg before any real damage was done.
     
  4. Pyrelitha

    Pyrelitha Arachnopeon Active Member

    It's just weird since it looked like the leg was attached and the spider was holding the cricket for a good while before he escaped
     
  5. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

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    You are both assuming venom was injected, a poor assumption, but not unreasonable.
     
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  6. ArachnoHazard

    ArachnoHazard Arachnopeon

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    Yeah, there’s a good chance the bite was a dry one with no venom. Not every bite a spider of any sort gives is loaded with venom. It’s possible the T for whatever reason decided to dry bite the cricket and that’s how it was able to get away.