- Feb 14, 2016
I threw in a cricket two days ago and he hasn't eaten it yet. Anyone have any guesses why he isn't eating? The cricket is chirping because of the heat in my room and it is so irritating.
I think he might be in premolt because of how inactive he is; he has never come out of a piece of barkDamon may refuse food if they're well fed, in premolt, or any number of reasons. They can go weeks to months without eating as they eat intermittently in the wild. I'd suggest trying to feed again in a week as others have said and not stress if it has eaten recently. When my damon is annoyed by food and doesn't want it, it will sometimes crush the cricket just to kill it and then drop it. That may have been what happened. I've also had damon kill a cricket and then drop it only to come back to scavenge its corpse later.
Hope that helps.
Helpful, but I don't have the heart to kill anything myself. Could I just snap a freeze dried cricket in half?My Damon diadema molted about 24hours ago and I'm about to make a post on what I observed but I'll just sum it up here for you too
Mine went super lethargic and slightly lame in her back legs. She was actually struggling to get around. She had been taking pre-killed crickets occasionally and half-eating them. She refused even pre-killed for 2-3weeks before a molt.
I'd not seen it suggested but try pre-killing a cricket once every 1-2weeks and leaving it in for no more than 24hours. The humidity makes them mould over super quick. I usually left them in one of the nooks in her cork bark and she'd find it if she wanted it
Sorry for the late reply. I'm not sure. I would honestly suggest pre killing a fresh cricket. I usually take my tweezers and swiftly crush the head in one motion. I know it's not very fun but sometimes you've gotta bite the bullet and try something for your beloved pet..!Helpful, but I don't have the heart to kill anything myself. Could I just snap a freeze dried cricket in half?