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L. parahybana feeding + question

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by Enn49, Jul 19, 2014.

  1. Enn49

    Enn49 Arachnosquire

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    I took delivery of 2 L. parahybana slings 10 days ago, 1 is just over an 1" the other just under. Since they arrived I have fed them 2-3 small crickets on 3 separate occasions, all have been eaten. Today the larger sling grabbed a cricket in seconds. Question is, is this about the right amount, too much or too little? Thanks

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  2. I've got about 12 lp slings and offer food about every 3 days. Ill leave it in for a few hours and if they haven't eaten it ill take it out. But they will eat as much as they can handle it seems. They grow a lot and often so id keep doing what your doing for now. When they get bigger u feed less frequently.
     
  3. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    Until they get large, one cricket per feeding is more than enough, otherwise 3 feedings in 10 days is just fine, less would be ok as well. I tend to feed my faster growing slings about every 2-5 days depending on the size of the last meal...slower growing species are generally offered food every 6-12 days depending on the individuals attitude. More you feed, the faster they will molt and grow.
     
  4. Poec54

    Poec54 Arachnoemperor Active Member

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    That depends on the size of the cricket relative to the spider. The person may not have the ideal size for a 'one-cricket feeding', and 2 or 3 smaller cickets may equal it's mass. Over the course of a week, young crickets can put on a lot of size, so the size of 'small' crickets is wide open. With adults, a big female cricket may have 2 or 3 times the mass of males. I just don't think you can go by a fixed number of crickets for feeding, as it varies so much.
     
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  5. Enn49

    Enn49 Arachnosquire

    Thank you for the replies.

    I do try to give the 2 L. parahybanas the smallest, around 8mm, then the P. metallica gets the larger ones every 6 days or so.
     
  6. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    Excellent point, I was just thinking good sized crickets...but you're right, if they were tiny pinheads that would be a meager feeding. It is all relative.

    My crickets are constantly eating and molting as well and by the time I get to the end of the small ones, they're almost medium sized....They don't stay small very long.
     
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  7. from the looks of your T, you can definitely give it adult crickets because it looks like you have on the lid and you took a top view and it still has some size for that distance.

    I say go with adults crickets.

    also I say feed lt until it wants no more don't limit food.
     
  8. Enn49

    Enn49 Arachnosquire

    The larger, bolder LP ate 2 crickets in a couple of hours yesterday and the smaller, shy one ate 2 overnight.

    In the UK we are lucky being able to order crickets in a variety of sizes:-

    Micro 1-3mm
    Small 4-5mm
    Medium/small 6-8mm
    Medium 8-12mm
    Standard 12-18mm
    Large 15-20mm
    Extra large 20-30mm

    It makes it so much easier to buy just the right size. I buy the extra large for the P. vittata, G. rosea and P. murinus but I had been buying the medium/small 6-8mm for the slings. Maybe I'll get the medium on my next order as people here seem to think they can cope with larger prey.