- Mar 12, 2011
I have never tried it but I don't have to think twice about it to know that it could kill the tarantula.
The video I saw was H. gigas.Shrimp hae alot in common with land dwelling authropods, though perhaps the dietary make up is a bit different; it still can be handled like a tarantula eating a cricket; the shell is just a touch thicker. I see no reason why not to use them for a 'treat' or dietary needs to be honest; Fish however with their poor nutrional value (nearly worthles with normal feeder fish If I recall correctly) would not make a good staple, but are very intresting to watch, especialy with the spiders diving to catch them... I think it was a Blondi that had a semi aquatic enclosure, and was shown diving? I could be mistaken.
I got my GBB to take a hornworm that I had accidentally killed squeezing too hard with the tongs on the head. When he was cleaning his web and adding onto it he found it, He looked like he was probing at it with his palps and fangs, after a minute of feeling it he picked it up and started eating it. I think if you put dead prey near or in their territory when they do maintenance they'll find it and eat it. I've gotten him to take the tips of mouse tails or feet that broke off in the bag while they were frozen in this same way. My haplopelma will attack larger live prey, back off, and then ten minutes later come back out and wander around until she finds it. But Idk, I've never tried this with my A metallica, and I've never tried dead prey for my haplopelma lividum, I have my doubts about both.. I think if the haplo didn't expect to find food it would just end up burrying the food, and my A.metallica would never notice dead food unless it was somehow suspended in the air...I've personally never tried it but I know of people who have had success feeding shrimp (Thawed) to tarantulas.I recommend anyone who does try it to make sure any uneaten shrimp is removed from the enclosure or that might get quite nasty heh!