Cricket Stuck in With My Freshly Molted T. Just Wait?

CyclingSam

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I threw a cricket in with my A. Geniculata. I didn't realize it had just molted. The cricket ran down the T.s burrow. I saw the T. refuse the Cricket (weird for my A. Geniculata) and thats when I noticed a molt in the back of the burrow. What do you all think I should do. Try and get it out? Just wait?
 

Chris LXXIX

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I would remove the cricket. A B.dubia, maybe burrowing and disappearing somewhere is a thing, but a wandering cricket "jumping" in the enclosure of a freshly molted Theraphosidae? I wouldn't risk the chelicerae.

Took that singing weirdo out with tongs, man :)
 

CyclingSam

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I would remove the cricket. A B.dubia, maybe burrowing and disappearing somewhere is a thing, but a wandering cricket "jumping" in the enclosure of a freshly molted Theraphosidae? I wouldn't risk the chelicerae.

Took that singing weirdo out with tongs, man :)
Removing the cricket may cause some destruction to the burrow. Still go for it?
 

Chris LXXIX

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Removing the cricket may cause some destruction to the burrow. Still go for it?
I understand your concern. But if, instead A.geniculata, you will had a C.cyaneopubescens (the 'GBB') you will concerned for the web? They will re-build that :)

I would gently open the enclosure, search for the cricket, and try the best for took him out. I usually wait a good 15 days, minimum, before feeding a juve/adult Theraphosidae. Chelicerae needs to be black and hard.

I'm saying this because I forgot to ask you this detail: is your A.geniculata a sling, or an adult one, btw?
 

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You might try to use a small container, add some vegetables or some food that crickets enjoy and put it inside the enclosure. When the cricket runs into that, take it out. I have successfully taken out crickets this way without having to disturb the burrow of the tarantula. If this fails, I would take it out even if it means disturbing the burrow. Good luck!
 

CyclingSam

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I understand your concern. But if, instead A.geniculata, you will had a C.cyaneopubescens (the 'GBB') you will concerned for the web? They will re-build that :)

I would gently open the enclosure, search for the cricket, and try the best for took him out. I usually wait a good 15 days, minimum, before feeding a juve/adult Theraphosidae. Chelicerae needs to be black and hard.

I'm saying this because I forgot to ask you this detail: is your A.geniculata a sling, or an adult one, btw?
It's a Sling. Its about 1.25 to 1.5 inches as far as I can tell. It spends most every day underground, the party pooper.
 

Chris LXXIX

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It's a Sling. Its about 1.25 to 1.5 inches as far as I can tell. It spends most every day underground, the party pooper.
Well, with slings, even more tiny than yours (sorry now, I assume, because I'm not exactly the best here when it comes to inches, we don't use as you know) I always wait 5 days at least. If yours molted today, or yesterday, yes. I will try to remove the cricket.
 

Ziad ElGuneid

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I'd try and get it out, I lost a sling once to a hungry cricket. it isn't fun. the food lure sounds like a great idea. If the cricket has been in a tub for a while without food it'll run out. I used to just touch my tongues to fruit and then put them in the cricket enclosure and they just climb right on there. saves me chasing them around.
 
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