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Sling eating old mealworm. Is this a problem?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by WoofSpider, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. WoofSpider

    WoofSpider Arachnosquire

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    I'm pretty sure that this is fine, but I'd like to see how you guys weigh in.

    Three days ago I left half of a dead mealworm just outside the burrow of my 1/2 inch A. chalcodes. She dragged the mealworm piece down into her burrow, but didn't eat any of it. The next day she molted.

    Just now I noticed her munching on the mealworm. I guess she's done recovering from the molt. But, should I be concerned about her eating prey that has been dead for so long?

    Three days isn't really long enough to rot too badly, so I'm thinking it's okay. I suppose that there's not much that I could do at this point, but I'd like to pose the question anyway.
     
  2. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    I wouldn't worry about it.
     
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  3. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnoreaper Arachnosupporter

    I'm sure it's fine.
     
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  4. Dennis Nedry

    Dennis Nedry Arachnobaron Active Member

    Spider knows best. If the sling deems it edible hen it is, they won't eat rotting or bad food and even if hey did the enzymes in their venom would probably knock over any harmful bacteria
     
  5. KezyGLA

    KezyGLA Arachnoking Active Member

  6. This cements my suspicion that slings should be considered minors in need of adult guidance. (nodding)
     
  7. Garth Vader

    Garth Vader Arachnohipster Arachnosupporter

    Sounds gross to me but your T must like it!
     
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  8. Chris LXXIX

    Chris LXXIX Arachnoemperor Active Member

    Eh, of course is a problem. A huge but no matter, fascinating problem. 'Zombie' Theraphosidae between... 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, :troll:
     
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  9. Safer than Tide pods, I'm sure.
     
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