Advertisement I have had 2 mysterious tarantula deaths. One was an A. purpurea 1 inch spiderling and the other I found just today was a P. ornata 1 and 1/2 inch spiderling. In both cases they died within 2 days of being fed. The crickets used have been given to many other tarantulas so I do not suspect any kind of "killer" cricket illness. I try and pick out the smallest cricket I can for feeding and pretty much always tear off the "kicker" legs. I am guessing the cricket inflicted a mortal bite wound to the tarantula while it was being eaten. Have any of you had the same thing happen?