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Heterometrus laoticus Cricket feeding advice

Discussion in 'Scorpions' started by Benjamin Drew, Aug 14, 2019.

  1. Benjamin Drew

    Benjamin Drew Arachnopeon

    Hello all. Just looking for some advice on feeding my Heterometrus laoticus. I am new to the hobby and was wondering with feeding the laoticus, is ok to simply drop the cricket in and then leave it or should I make sure that it feeds on it there and then?

    If anybody can help with this point I would be very grateful.

  2. undeaddeaths

    undeaddeaths Arachnosquire Active Member

    Leaving feeders can always be a risk, especially crickets.
    You should make sure your scorp eats then and there, or check on it shortly after and remove the cricket if it's not hungry.
    I'd also suggest pulling the back legs off the cricket so your scorp can catch it better. It won't be jumping everywhere.
  3. Outpost31Survivor

    Outpost31Survivor Arachnosquire Active Member

    Some choose to hand feed their scorpions with tongs or hemostats. I usually coerce crickets closer to my scorpion with a small paint brush or straw, crickets crawling in my terrariums particularly those housing scorpions gives me OCD. I more or less supervise the feedings, once the scorpion has grabbed the cricket or two and actively feeding I move on with other things. If they are a larger species, when I recheck on the scorpion to see if they are finished I try another cricket or two depending if the crickets are medium or large in size.

    Strangely I only do this with scorpions not tarantulas or centipedes. But I will remove all unwanted crickets from their terrariums.
  4. darkness975

    darkness975 dream reaper Arachnosupporter

    If prey is not eaten overnight then remove it and try again in a week. No need to hand feed them like children. They will eat when they are hungry.
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  5. I never understood the whole tong feeding thing. We do all we can to recreate their natural environment the best we can and then they are fed with tongs! I don't have any problem with those who want to tong feed. It is absolutely fine if thats your preference. But I let them catch the food themselves just like they would in the wild.
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  6. Outpost31Survivor

    Outpost31Survivor Arachnosquire Active Member

    I don't have issue with it really especially if you are feeding them mealworms or superworms. It prevents the feeder from burrowing into the substrate. But yeah, I let my pets catch their own food (though I may play a role to speedy the process - cricket corraling).
  7. Rhino1

    Rhino1 Arachnoknight Active Member

    Ugh it takes me around 2 hours just to do a basic clean, feed and water of my invert collection, the last thing I want to do is tong feed each one individually.
    I sometimes will slightly crush the cricket to slow it down and drop it right in front of the scorp, does the job