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Vegetarian/vegan tarantulas

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by vickywild, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. vickywild

    vickywild Arachnoknight

    Ha. Random I know but we are currently discussing cat and dog food and vegetarians/vegans trying to turn their dogs/cats the same and it got me thinking about tarantulas.

    Has anyone ever heard of a vegetarian spider? Would it even be POSSIBLE?
  2. Hobo

    Hobo ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Staff Member

    My blood... it BOILS.:mad:

    Apparently, there have been reports of tarantulas eating things like grapes in captivity, BUT The fact remains that they are carnivores.
    Please don't make your carnivorous pet a vegetarian/vegan at the cost of their health. No, they don't want to be vegetarian/vegan. They don't even know what that is.
    Bother your friends and family instead!

    Oh, and here's an article on a recently found spider that feeds on acacia buds.
    It's not a tarantula though.
  3. jbm150

    jbm150 Arachnoprince

    There's a spider, I believe a jumping spider, that has adapted to feeding on flowers or buds...my memory is hazy. Check the Trues forum, I think it's been talked about there
  4. vickywild

    vickywild Arachnoknight

    @Hobo oh dont worry I would never do that. I'm a vegetarian myself, but I've even discussed with my fiancee the fact that when we have children they wont be automatic veggies aha.
    The crap thats in vegetarian dog food is ridiculous.
  5. Anonymity82

    Anonymity82 Arachnoprince

  6. Anonymity82

    Anonymity82 Arachnoprince

    No offense to Vegetarians/Vegans. To each his own. Just don't stop feeding your pets food they should be eating because of your own views. If you can't feed you pets what they should eat because your views then give your pet to someone who will take care of your pet properly. If you think the meat is bad for them, then buy organic, grain fed meats/dog foods to feed your pet
  7. Chris_Skeleton

    Chris_Skeleton Arachnoprince

    I guess you guys don't own a B. vegans. {D
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  8. Thobby1982

    Thobby1982 Arachnopeon

    Tarantulas are insectivores, NOT carnivores!

    Actually if you want to get technical, they omnivores. They will eat vertabretes and invertabretes alike.
  9. Hobo

    Hobo ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Staff Member

    They are carnivores.

    That's like saying a B. smithi is a tarantula but not a spider.
    I purposely left it that way since they eat vertebrate prey as well.

    AND, if you want to get technical, they are NOT omnivores, since they don't take non animal food (aside from the odd grape or moistened fish pellet in captivity).

    So THERE. *smug*
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  10. jayefbe

    jayefbe Arachnoprince

    Insectivores are a type of carnivore, so they are carnivores. And tarantulas are not omnivores (omni = all), technically, as they don't eat plant material.

    EDIT - must type faster!
  11. Shrike

    Shrike Arachnoprince Old Timer

    As Hobo and Jayefbe already pointed out, you're wrong on both counts.

    Since we're getting technical here:



    The red line underneath the word means you didn't spell it correctly.
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2012
  12. Louise E. Rothstein

    Louise E. Rothstein Arachnobaron Old Timer

    The talk about "vegetarian" spiders is ridiculous too.
    Although these creatures do take some acacia buds they eat a probably significant number of arboreal ant larvae.
  13. Jquack530

    Jquack530 Arachnosquire

    LoL! Hopefully if there was to ever be a vegan tarantula that it wouldn't preach at the other tarantulas for eating crickets. :sarcasm:
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  14. Rob1985

    Rob1985 This user has no status. Old Timer

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  15. Well,sometimes I feed my crix with herbs and then I take a gutloaded one (you can see th green food in it!) and feed it to my t's. Does that mean that th t eats veggies too?? Or is that totally different??
  16. Metlock

    Metlock Arachnopeon

    lol not, the T isnt eating it separately and I dont think it would choose to eat the veggies without them being ingested by the cricket :biggrin:
  17. LV-426

    LV-426 Arachnobaron

    Meat is meat
  18. Well, as long as everyone is correcting terminology - the spider in the article does not eat acacia buds, despite the error in the article that claims they do. They feed on something called Beltian bodies - an exudate on the acacia leaves. Still vegetable matter though. However, since the spider also eats insects it can't honestly be called a vegetarian.
  19. paassatt

    paassatt Arachnoangel

    An article was incorrect regarding information about a spider? I'm completely taken aback... :sarcasm:
  20. jakykong

    jakykong Arachnobaron

    Kent, Wa
    I'm not sure whether the stomach contents of the cricket are eaten or not. I think it might depend on the contents: although the tarantula clearly processes the gut (it's certainly not intact in the bolus), they won't consume anything that their digestive fluids can't dissolve to sub-micron particles. In other words, I suspect that the gut-loaded contents are in the food bolus, not in the tarantula. :)

    I would have to search for the thread again, but I was reading on this not too long ago here... gut loading is more or less a carry-over from the herp hobby, where it might actually be useful.