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Is My Tarantula Too Fed?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Yuzan, Jul 4, 2018.

  1. Yuzan

    Yuzan Arachnopeon

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    I’m kinda worried whether I’m feeding my tarantula too much. I’m kinda new in the hobby and this is my first 1-inch or so tarantula and I was wondering if this one’s overfed or something. Thank you in advance for your responses!
     

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  2. Keke713

    Keke713 Arachnosquire Active Member

    How often are you feeding? Also you really don’t have to mist the enclosure. Just keep one half of the sub moist so the T can choose which ever it prefers.
     
  3. Nightstalker47

    Nightstalker47 Arachnoprince Active Member

    Looks like a healthy specimen to me, add a water dish in the enclosure though.

    G.porteri are super slow growers, so one cricket a week is more then enough for a T of that size. You can feed more often, but this may induce a fast and very long pre molt phase.
     
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  4. Yuzan

    Yuzan Arachnopeon

    I’m feeding it once a week. I will do moist the half like you said. Thanks a lot! This really helps me out.

    I will add the waterdish asap. Thank you for the information this really helps me out. I’ll make sure to feed it once a week. I wouldn’t want a long premolt-phase. Just my own preference.
     
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  5. boina

    boina Lady of the mites Arachnosupporter

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    Are we talking about a G. porteri here? If so it should be on DRY substrate and it definitely should not be sprayed with water. And, no, it doesn't look fat :)
     
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  6. Otteresting

    Otteresting Arachnoknight

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    Even if it looked fat, you can just expect to a longer premolt. Being fat doesnt mean that your tarantula is in poor health, just that she'll eventually become more fragile to basically everything that would hurt her abdomen
     
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  7. Yuzan

    Yuzan Arachnopeon

    I read this a bit late but omg thank you for telling me that I’ll no longer moist his substrate then.

    I see, if my tarantula will be in a longer premolt does it mean that its growth will be “slower”?
     
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  8. Paul1126

    Paul1126 Arachnobaron Active Member

    Yes, long pre moults are inevitable with slow growing species.
    If you feed once a week like I do on my slow growing brachys I probably can expect 1-3 months of pre moult from that specimen.

    A spider that size will probably moult on a 8-12 month cycle I would imagine.
     
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  9. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    Slings require a bit more moisture though if I remember correctly?

    @Yuzan
    Your spider looks healthy, not fat at all. :)
     
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  10. Yuzan

    Yuzan Arachnopeon

    So... should I moist my substrate then?
     
  11. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    I would do half, and just a little bit. If the spider sits more on the dry half of the substrate, you can keep her drier. If she sits on the moistened half, you know you can keep her a bit more humid. This species hates too much moisture so she'll tell you exactly what she likes ;)
     
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  12. dmac

    dmac Arachnopeon

    I use a small (3 mL) syringe as a dropper and avoid the water misting all over. But yeah, like the others said, you can moisten half.
     
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  13. Nightstalker47

    Nightstalker47 Arachnoprince Active Member

    You don't need to moisten the sub at all for a juvie rosea, just be sure it has a water dish...you can overflow occasionally if you must.
     
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  14. Ultum4Spiderz

    Ultum4Spiderz Arachnoking Active Member

    Looks like a average T not overfed! Looks fine tho , I had a overly fat sling die once. I think due to cold winter temps. Went below 65 I think indoors. Had a window air leak GOt as low as 60 container was a little wet . It was first of that type I had.
     
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  15. darkness975

    darkness975 Brachypelma darknessi Arachnosupporter

    At that size they eat a lot and molt a lot. It looks fine.

    Give it a small water dish. You can moisten a portion of the substrate as stated above.
     
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