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Tarantula Eatting

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Lost In Space, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. Lost In Space

    Lost In Space Arachnopeon

    Simple question, My tarantula will pounce on a cricket within 5 minutes of me putting it in there, but it takes her UP TO SEVEN HOURS to fully eat it.. I'll check back in like 3-4 hours and she'll still have rather the head or legs sticking out.. another 3-4 hours go by and it'll be just a little left.. finally she will hve eaten it. Is this normal behaviour?
  2. Hobo

    Hobo ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Staff Member

    It takes 'em a while sometimes.
  3. HoboAustin

    HoboAustin Arachnosquire

    When a tarantula catches a cricket, it doesn't "eat" it in a traditional way. The T's fangs inject venom which will slowly turn the insides of a feeder into a soup like substance. They SUCK the soup up. They never eat as in taking bites. This process is slow, so yes this is normal.
  4. Lost In Space

    Lost In Space Arachnopeon

    I know that their venom dissolves the crickets organs and then they begin to suck it out, I was just asking for the actual swallowing part - does it take that long. Thank you for your answers.
  5. paassatt

    paassatt Arachnoangel

    The tarantula's venom is not what dissolves the prey item.
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  6. grayzone

    grayzone Arachnoking

    ^+1 paassatt....... spencer, if ya think it takes a while to feed it a cricket, try feeding it a dubia :wink: just outta curiousity (and it has no significance) what kind of t and how big
  7. Lost In Space

    Lost In Space Arachnopeon

    What does dissolve the prey? And I have one Avicularia azuraklaasi, unsexed approx 2.5" :)
  8. paassatt

    paassatt Arachnoangel

    Enzymes in a digestive fluid are what dissolves the prey.
  9. Lost In Space

    Lost In Space Arachnopeon

    The enzymes found in their venom, correct?
  10. SamuraiSid

    SamuraiSid Arachnodemon

  11. paassatt

    paassatt Arachnoangel

    No, the digestive fluid and venom are different. The venom incapacitates and kills the prey and the digestive fluid is what dissolves it, allowing it to be sucked into the spider's mouth.
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  12. Lost In Space

    Lost In Space Arachnopeon

    Thank you for teaching me that. :)
  13. paassatt

    paassatt Arachnoangel

    No. The venom originates in the spider's head and is released through the fangs, like a hypodermic needle. The digestive fluid comes from the stomach through the mouth. They are different processes altogether.
  14. HoboAustin

    HoboAustin Arachnosquire

    I learn something new everyday. Thanks.
  15. z32upgrader

    z32upgrader Arachnoknight

    My LP sling about 1.25' has been eating a .5" cricket for at least 6 hours now when he/she normally finishes it off in thirty minutes. This is the first meal since it molted a week ago. Red flags maybe?
  16. spiderengineer

    spiderengineer Arachnoprince

    yeah mine take about twice to three times as long to eat a roaches then a cricket.
  17. Spiderkid

    Spiderkid Arachnopeon

    I guess it's sorta like how it is with people; some of us can finish off a cheeseburger in about 2 seconds, others like to take their time :D There's probably a lot of different factors involved, like time since last meal, size of the T, size of the prey item, overall health of the spider,etc.
  18. Mine has taken like 5 minutes to eat it, one time an hour... They're weird like that.