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Tarantula Eating Multiple Crickets At Once?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Lina Gonzalez, Sep 12, 2019.

  1. Lina Gonzalez

    Lina Gonzalez Arachnopeon

    I'm a "new" owner. & have been taking care of a friends Rose Hair since June now & it eats daily which it never used to get food or water so it took a long while to get her on a daily eating schedule. Today I got lazy and instead of dumping one cricket in I dumped 4 and to my surprise my Rosie killed and rolled all four into a ball and ate em up! I was so surprised and proud. Is this common? Is there a name for this? I just want some more fun tips and facts...
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  2. Dennis Nedry

    Dennis Nedry Arachnolord Active Member

    Daily? How big are the crickets because that’s a hell of a lot for this species, some people feed theirs once a month. And yes it’s common, my Phlogius rubiseta did this just a couple days ago with some crickets that were too small to be a decent meal on their own. I think there’s a pic online somewhere of a Theraphosa with six crickets crammed in its gob
  3. Sarkhan42

    Sarkhan42 Arachnolord Active Member

    You could definitely do with cutting down feeding to once a week or so, but a tarantula eating multiple prey items is totally normal! I actually tend to give my Theraphosa female a couple supers at a time when I feed her, as she's now 8"+ and really needs more than just one.
  4. Lina Gonzalez

    Lina Gonzalez Arachnopeon

    Is it bad to feed it this much? I feed it about 3 crickets a week.. This is the first time it ate four at one time.. I usually only feed it when it bites at the water when I spray down it's area..

  5. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

    It’s so common that I’m shocked you didn’t know this.

    The name for this is >hungry

    Want more fun facts- read the forum.
  6. Lina Gonzalez

    Lina Gonzalez Arachnopeon

    They are Large / Medium crickets..
  7. Thekla

    Thekla Arachnoprince Active Member

    I've got one fact for you: You're feeding her way too much! This species is one with the lowest food requirement there is, meaning it has a really slow metabolism.
    Feeding her this amount of food she'll have an extremely long premoult phase (and I'm talking months and years here) and there'll be also higher risks of injuries due to an too big abdomen she'll probably develop.

    You should really slow down with the feeding, it's for her good.
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  8. Lina Gonzalez

    Lina Gonzalez Arachnopeon

    How often do you suggest I feed her?
  9. Thekla

    Thekla Arachnoprince Active Member

    Depending on her size and the size of her abdomen 1-3 times a month (assuming it's not a sling).
    Pictures and infos on her size would be helpful though. :)
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  10. ThorsCarapace22

    ThorsCarapace22 Arachnosquire Active Member

    Once a week. Depending on feeder size.
  11. JPG

    JPG Arachnopeon Active Member

    Depending on the size of the cricket and the size of your T. I accidently ordered tiny crickets so I have to feed 3 at a time...
  12. Lina Gonzalez

    Lina Gonzalez Arachnopeon

    This is her.

    I posted a picture just now of her.

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  13. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    Yes, its called binge feeding.

    This species needs like 2 crickets a month...heavy feeding schedules lead to long and frequent fasting...sometimes lasting a year or more.

    Tarantulas don't need to be, and really shouldn't be fed on a set or rigid schedule.

    its essentially a years worth of food...every 3 weeks.
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  14. Urzeitmensch

    Urzeitmensch Arachnosquire Active Member

    Just to clarify and perhaps to be able to help you:

    How and why do you spray down the enclosure?

    Btw: my Ts also cram several crickets into their mouth when avaible. It's normal.
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  15. Lina Gonzalez

    Lina Gonzalez Arachnopeon

    I was told from the reptile store to spray down its living area lightly and I normally just refill its water bowl which has a sponge in it..
  16. Urzeitmensch

    Urzeitmensch Arachnosquire Active Member

    Glad I asked!

    1.) No sponge. Throw it away. Now. It is useless and a paradise for all kind of germs. The T can trink from the water dish just fine.

    2.) If you want to water down an area of substrate (not air!) you can of course use a spray bottle but it might be more effective to just pour water on the substrate. I don't know about Grammostola rosea husbandry specifically but afaik they can be kept rather dry.

    3.) The reason why your T attacks the water spray is not that it is hungry but because it is irritated by the water spray. Another reason not to use spraying.

    Edit: see ColdBloods post below on 3.)
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  17. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    Actually attacking a water stream is a classic feeding response.

    No more spraying (or talking to pet stores or reptile people for that matter...lol).

    Op, this species needs dry...they dont need or like moisture...bone dry with a water dish...as easy as it gets.
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  18. Urzeitmensch

    Urzeitmensch Arachnosquire Active Member

    Really a feeding respons? Interesting.
  19. sasker

    sasker Arachnodemon Active Member

    I am surprised no-one brought up the unsuitable substrate used in the terrarium. Please forget everything the pet shop owner has said and find proper information on keeping this tarantula.

    You can start by reading this:


    There is loads of information to be found on this species by using the search option of this website. If you have specific questions, please let us know! :)

    They sense movement so the first response is 'food?' They will back away once they find out that it is not food.
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  20. Mvtt70

    Mvtt70 Arachnobaron Active Member

    No tarantula should be fed even close to daily, tiny slings need to be fed most often and I'd say that is every 3rd day at the most. T's bigger than 4" only need to be fed like once a week at most, but every 2 or 3 weeks is just as good. They can go months without being fed and be perfectly fine. Also there's no name for eating multiple prey items lol its just something they do.
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