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Is my G.rosea too fat?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Louis Winthorpe III, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. Louis Winthorpe III

    Louis Winthorpe III Arachnopeon

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    Below I have a picture from October last year, and the other is from last night. As you can see, her abdomen is quite a bit larger. She doesn't eat much, only about one cricket every 1-1/2 weeks or so. Is her enlarged abdomen a sign of something else going on, or am I just being paranoid?
     

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  2. xhexdx

    xhexdx ArachnoGod Old Timer

    You're feeding it too much. Stop feeding until the abdomen either loses some of its size, or the spider molts.
     
  3. vickywild

    vickywild Arachnoknight

    My juevinile is the same. Shes a fatty mc fat fat.

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    I just dont offer her as much food as I used to and I *think* her abdomen is shrinking..although I can't be sure.
     
  4. Louis Winthorpe III

    Louis Winthorpe III Arachnopeon

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    Thanks for the quick replies. I didn't think I was feeding her that much. I was under the impression slings ate more than adults, and she only wants food every 1 to 2 weeks. I didn't think she was getting enough food. I guess I was wrong. >.<
     
  5. xhexdx

    xhexdx ArachnoGod Old Timer

    G. rosea grow incredibly slowly and don't need to eat as often.
     
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  6. le-thomas

    le-thomas Arachnobaron

    Along with this, they have a pretty slow metabolism and overfeeding can lead to death.
     
  7. Hobo

    Hobo ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Staff Member

    They don't eat much.
    I've been caring for a tiny G. rosea second instar (now third) sling since september, and have fed it four times so far. :)
     
  8. vickywild

    vickywild Arachnoknight

    Theres a guy (or there was a guy) selling a rosie on Gumtree, and in its description he says that "it only needs to eat 3 times a year." I was shocked! I mean, I know they don't eat much, christ I had Brody for 8 years and she probably ate a handful of crickets in that time but to only OFFER 3 times a year?
     
  9. Wow, you guys have some plump G rosea. Very cute though :)