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Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by Jacobchinarian, Jun 10, 2011.
B. dubia all the way. you can't go wrong
All my juvies and adults eat dubias, and even most of my slings. Sometimes a sling won't go for a dubia nymph, so I'll give it a cricket. Also, the first time my adults eat after a molt, after waiting a couple of weeks, they won't take a dubia. They need something quick and jumpy to drive a feeding response. After that, they'll eat dubias.
So far I've only found three problems with dubias:
1) Boluses placed in a water dish ferment overnight into the most foul, slimy soup ever! Why don't cricket boluses smell as bad???
2) It doesn't take many dubias to fillup my tarantulas. I have 26 spiders and one 'pede and my dubias are multiplying faster than my t's can eat 'em.
3) I think I may have a skin allergy to cockroaches (well, it was confirmed by my allergist a few years back). I was an exterminator for years and have had more exposure to cockroaches than the average person. Anyway, my skin itches quite a bit after handling 'em, though not significant enough yet for me to get rid of them.
Apart from these three small issues, I'm glad I switched from crix to dubias.
I do like dubia more than crickets for sure. But my t's love lats.