feeding my rosea soon..

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how often shud i feed my rosea?? i dont want my rosea to be leggy, i want her to be fat. how often? pls help. :D
 

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Feed it enough that its abdomen looks right. If you look at enough pictures, you should get the idea. You don't want to get her too fat, or she will be at risk for rupturing her abdomen which equals a dead tarantula.
 

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once or twice a week?? is it not power feeding? i want my rosea to live longer. hmmmm... by the way, my rosea is a sling, mybe .75'' ... :D pls tell me d right frequency in feeding it. :D
 

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allright! more comments pls on the frequency of feeding PLEASE! :DDD :worship:
 

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There's no standard frequency or stuff like that, just look at the size of the opisthosoma and find the right amount for that certain animal. If it's a small sling you can overfeed him a lil' bit.
 

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how can i know if my rosea needs to be fed already?? how small can the opisthosoma be?? :D
 

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the best way to know if your rosea needs to eat or not is to put a cricket in the enclosure and if it's hungry it will eat the cricket if not then it wont
 

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ooohhh.. okay! but does it have a proper diet regardless wether it is hungry or not?
 

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once or twice a week?? is it not power feeding? i want my rosea to live longer. hmmmm... by the way, my rosea is a sling, mybe .75'' ... :D pls tell me d right frequency in feeding it. :D
feeding your T 2-3 prey twice a week might be considered power feeding. I give 1-2 crickets or dubias once a week for my slings.

I wouldn't worry about your T not living long... if it's a female G.rosea, it'll live a long while. Plus, they grow slow as molasses. You'll be fine

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ooohhh.. okay! but does it have a proper diet regardless wether it is hungry or not?
the G.rosea (among other T's) are known for going long periods of time without food. Being low on the food chain T's have adapted to it. Some have a harsher climates that others and q more scarce food source. Their instinct is to eat whenever prey is presented.

Just always offer a water dish to adults, keep the substrate dry (for G.rosea). For slings, mist once a week (twice if pre-molt, thats me personally) and offer prey appropriate for it's size.

You won't have to worry about a G.rosea or any Grammostola eating, most are pretty hardy.
 

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Feed it enough that its abdomen looks right. If you look at enough pictures, you should get the idea. You don't want to get her too fat, or she will be at risk for rupturing her abdomen which equals a dead tarantula.
my rosea is rather fat. not from my feeding now, but i used to buy crickets a few dozen at a time [hardware store was the only place available ] and now she's pretty fat. if i feed her only once per week, will she eventually lose weight?
ps she's about 5+"

oh, when i did get the cricket in big groups, i didn't feed them to her all at once, but i did feed way more often than i should've
 

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if i feed her only once per week, will she eventually lose weight?
ps she's about 5+"
If you want to handle her a lot, I wouldn't cut the food too much. I've had a rosea for about 5 years, and every winter she refuses to eat for months on end and gets CRANKY.
 

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If you want to handle her a lot, I wouldn't cut the food too much. I've had a rosea for about 5 years, and every winter she refuses to eat for months on end and gets CRANKY.
haha well no, i don't handle much, exept once a year when i do reptile displays at my churche's fall festival
 

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feeding your T 2-3 prey twice a week might be considered power feeding. I give 1-2 crickets or dubias once a week for my slings.

I wouldn't worry about your T not living long... if it's a female G.rosea, it'll live a long while. Plus, they grow slow as molasses. You'll be fine

---------- Post added at 04:48 PM ---------- Previous post was at 04:44 PM ----------

the G.rosea (among other T's) are known for going long periods of time without food. Being low on the food chain T's have adapted to it. Some have a harsher climates that others and q more scarce food source. Their instinct is to eat whenever prey is presented.

Just always offer a water dish to adults, keep the substrate dry (for G.rosea). For slings, mist once a week (twice if pre-molt, thats me personally) and offer prey appropriate for it's size.

You won't have to worry about a G.rosea or any Grammostola eating, most are pretty hardy.


thank you very much! okay! ill be feeding it once a week. ill be giving 1-2 prey. :D thats it! thank you for your help!
hope i may be able to post some pics when my rosea is here already. :)
 

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Power feeding is really bad. It shortens the lifespan of the tarantula by several years. If you want to get the longest life possible out of your rosea, feed it ONE cricket every week, or 2-3 crickets every two weeks. Assuming the crickets are averaged sized. Rosea's have a tendency to over eat if you allow them. A fat tarantula is NOT a healthy tarantula.
 
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