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When to remove eaten food

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Pyrelitha, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. Pyrelitha

    Pyrelitha Arachnoknight Active Member

    Like how long does it take to eat a cricket for a gbb sling. Mines been on hers for 4hours, im about to go to work idk if I should dig it out.. or is it safe so stay in there for another 8hrs?

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  2. Sarkhan42

    Sarkhan42 Arachnolord Active Member

    If she’s eating it- don’t take it from her. She will finish it at her pace.

    If it’s alive and roaming or pre-killed, removing it after 24 hours is a good rule of thumb.
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  3. Pyrelitha

    Pyrelitha Arachnoknight Active Member

    Ok cool, I think she's still eating it but i cant see her fangs, she turned at an angle I cant see at all.. but shes ontop of it and not really moving. Its dead, not prekilled though
  4. Sarkhan42

    Sarkhan42 Arachnolord Active Member

    Looks and sounds to me like she’s still eating. I would just leave her be.
  5. Pyrelitha

    Pyrelitha Arachnoknight Active Member

    Hm last time she ate she kept moving her butt side to side and up/down
  6. boina

    boina Lady of the mites Arachnosupporter

    Yes, tarantulas do that, but mostly in the early stages of eating. When she's been at it for a while she will probably be done with waving her butt (and spinning a place mat in the process).
  7. Pyrelitha

    Pyrelitha Arachnoknight Active Member

    awesome, it was quite cute.
  8. Pyrelitha

    Pyrelitha Arachnoknight Active Member

    sorry for posting so much, I just like sharing and making sure this T stays healthy! Anyway is this guy done eating, or saving it for later.. seems like his butt is quite large, and hes doing that webbing movement called the happy dance

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  9. ccTroi

    ccTroi Arachnoknight

    It may be done. check back tomorrow and discard the remains.

    your sling will very soon be in premolt. once their abdomens get shiny as your picture depicts. after your discard the cricket remains, pour water onto the webbing if there is no water dish.
  10. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer


    There's absolutely no reason to micromanage your tarantula when it comes to eating hah. They are far more knowledgeable in knowing when they are done than we are. Let your T eat, and observe nature/enjoy.
    If your concern is dead prey growing mold attracting bugs etc, again-- you wait until your T is done eating, as in cricket is not attached to T.

    They are extremely tidy eaters and such. You'll know when it's done.
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  11. Pyrelitha

    Pyrelitha Arachnoknight Active Member

    Ok thats what I thought, also there is a water bowl so I dont need to put water on her/his web!

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  12. Pyrelitha

    Pyrelitha Arachnoknight Active Member

    oh my! Premolt?? Ive only had him two weeks! So if he denies my next feeding - friday, I just shouldnt feed him? Also when they molt how long until I feed him again
  13. AnObeseHippo

    AnObeseHippo Arachnoknight Active Member

    I believe the rule of thumb is no feeding until a week after moulting.
  14. ccTroi

    ccTroi Arachnoknight

    Correct, it will most likely refuse its next meal. One week is plenty of time for it to harden up.
  15. Anoplogaster

    Anoplogaster Arachnobaron Active Member

    I remove food boluses if I happen to see them. But I won’t go out of my way to find them, either. Most of my spiders will drop the bolus where the feeding took place. But I have a couple of species that are meticulously clean animals. They bring the prey into their hides, feed in there, and push the bolus out after a couple of days.

    GBBs will web over everything. Most of the boluses get covered in a layer of web before I even get to them. It’s almost as if they no longer exist;)
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  16. Chris LXXIX

    Chris LXXIX ArachnoGod Active Member

    Behold! :stop: It's like in 'Gremlins' movie, after midnight you are doomed, so please be careful :nailbiting:
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  17. CyclingSam

    CyclingSam Arachnoknight

    Do you like it when your food is taken when you are not finished? If it has dropped it and left it and 24 hours have passed, then go ahead and take it out.
  18. Pyrelitha

    Pyrelitha Arachnoknight Active Member

    Just wanted to be sure it was ok in there, don't want my spider living in a messy apartment >.>