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Curly Hair- No Carcasses?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by hisserlover, Dec 5, 2018.

  1. hisserlover

    hisserlover Arachnopeon

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    I am new to tarantula keeping and just recently acquired my first. It is a Curly Hair tarantula of unknown age/gender, about 3.5 inches. It is noticeably laid back and eating young hissing cockroaches regularly, every 3-4 days. However, I have noticed a distinct lack of carcasses within its tank. I have seen it grab and bite them, but it usually retreats into its hide after that. Should I be concerned?
     
  2. Minty

    Minty Previously mmcg Arachnosupporter

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    No, sometimes they’re difficult to see and some tarantulas bury them.

    Don’t worry about it too much. Take them out when you see them. They might be in the hide.
     
  3. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    tarantulas dont leave carcasses, they leave whats called a bolus....a round ball of undigestable leftovers.
     
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  4. Teal

    Teal Arachnoking Active Member

    The refuse - the bolus - is likely small and buried somewhere. No need to worry about it :)
     
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  5. EtienneN

    EtienneN Arachnosquire Active Member

    Just want to point out that the exoskeleton of hissing cockroaches have been known to break or chip a tarantula's fangs when used as feeder insects for tarantulas. It's harder than that of Dubia or lateralis roaches, which is why it is generally only recommended for the most giant tarantula species, like Theraphosa stirmi, blondi, and apophysis. It certainly doesn't happen all the time, but just the fact that it can happen with this type of food I wanted to mention it.
     
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  6. TreebeardGoddess

    TreebeardGoddess Arachnosquire

    I've had my B. albo for about 9 months (he's about 2.5 inches now) and I've never seen a bolus. Who knows what he does with them. :wacky:
     
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  7. hisserlover

    hisserlover Arachnopeon

    Thanks for the tip, but I use the younger ones that don't have very hard shells.
     
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