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feeding slings ants?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Demon187, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. Demon187

    Demon187 Arachnosquire

    does any one know if i could feed my slings local ants from my back garden? the reason i ask is because the micro crickets are far too expensive considering only 10% arrived alive, and after feeding the 3 slings once the remaning few have died too. also they are a nightmare trying to pick the little buggers up and getting them into the vials unharmed. what do you think? the ants a roughly twice the size of the micro's and probably 1/3 the size of the slings.
  2. MadCat2k3

    MadCat2k3 Arachnopeon

    Not really a good idea, they could end up bringing their entire colony after your slings. Though in reality, that doesn't really happen with the odd ant or two, as long as the rest are far, far away. You have to be careful that the ants haven't been near any pesticides or anything. I wouldn't recommend it personally.
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  3. sylverbullit

    sylverbullit Arachnosquire

    the only thing that I would watch out for when feed w/C insects , would be pestisides.
  4. Zoltan

    Zoltan Cult Leader

    I don't know what species that ant is your talking about, but I would not feed them to T's - they could bite, sting and some of them possess acids that could be harmful. Try mealworm slices.
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  5. I personally wouldn't try this. There's a significant chance those ants will be contaminated with pesticides or garden chemicals. Even if your garden is totally organic and free from pesticides, the gardens around you probably aren't. Slings are delicate enough as it is, so I'd scrap the idea. :)
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  6. Mushroom Spore

    Mushroom Spore Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    Not only are ants probably the most likely to have been exposed to pesticides (second to cockroaches maybe), but those suckers bite. I wouldn't feed anything venomous to my pets - what may be mild discomfort for a human could kill something much, much smaller.

    In general, do not feed anything you got from outdoors. It's not worth the risk of killing your pet in the process.

    Can you not buy crickets locally from a pet store? You can also kill live crickets in the freezer and store them frozen, which takes all the trouble out of the equation.
  7. M.C. Exotics

    M.C. Exotics Arachnosquire

    Plus you never know what the ant ate.
    Prime example is Tomato Worms. Bred in captivity and fed a certain food they are great for T's and lizards but something about them eating tomato plants makes them toxic.
    Alternatives would be to breed your own crickets which is stinky or breed roaches. Personally I like the B. dubia since they aren't really good climbers, fliers, and if I remember right need higher temps to breed.
  8. Travis K

    Travis K TravIsGinger Old Timer

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  9. Miss Bianca

    Miss Bianca Arachnoprince

  10. Aurelia

    Aurelia Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Those were ants near Talkenlate04's house that died soon after the video was taken. He's been having a strange problem with his slings dying lately, and the ants are dying too. :(
  11. Widowman10

    Widowman10 Arachno WIDOW Old Timer

    yah, i'm with everyone else, either cut up mealworm, or freeze crix. my slings LOVE thawed crix.
  12. BurrowDweller

    BurrowDweller Arachnoknight Old Timer

    Any type of large feeder can be chopped up and fed to slings. They do not seem to care if their food is moving or not.
  13. Jhoelb

    Jhoelb Arachnopeon

    What if the sling was wild caught? And lived near the ant colony?
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  14. Mirandarachnid

    Mirandarachnid Arachnobaron Active Member

    It all still applies. If you want your sling to live as it would in the wild, release it where you caught it. If you want to keep it and do everything you can to extend it's life, do what you would do if you bought it.

    I'd say feed with captive feeders.
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  15. Jhoelb

    Jhoelb Arachnopeon

    Caught it inside my house, so I may keep it. I'll feed him captives then. Thanks
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  16. Mirandarachnid

    Mirandarachnid Arachnobaron Active Member

    I wish I had slings wandering into my house :shifty:
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  17. Dennis Nedry

    Dennis Nedry Arachnobaron Active Member

    What is this, thread necromancy?
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  18. FrDoc

    FrDoc Arachnobaron Active Member

    I opine getting involved in this hobby necessitates some investment, albeit minimal, of both time and finances to provide for our animals. Don’t do things that may cut corners, but pose several potential problems. Feed your slings mini mealworms, flightless fruit flies, or pre-killed segments of larger feeders. I personally love watching slings wrestle mini mealies.
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  19. Mirandarachnid

    Mirandarachnid Arachnobaron Active Member

    Come on bro, it's not that old, if this thread was a human it would still be afraid of "cooties" :troll:
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  20. darkness975

    darkness975 the sun grows ever darker Arachnosupporter

    Aside from the risks of wild-caught prey having pesticides, ants are pretty defensive and likely would fight back
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