Food Waste

Shayna

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I've fed my G. Rosea 4 crickets since I fist got it, but I havent seens any cricket parts anywhere in the terrarium to take out, is it possible she ate the whole body of the cricket or hid them or something?
 

mikeymo

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it really depends on the size of the crickets. I've noticed that smaller crickets get eaten entirely whereas with larger ones there is a white ball of stuff that is left behind. that's essentially what you're looking for if there are food remains left; a white ball
 

Shayna

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Oh thanks, I think they were small crickets anyways. :)
 
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Cheshire

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Back in the day when I still fed crix, only a few of mine ever left legs out for me to find. Some of them would even walk around the enclosure, picking up legs.
 

Mushroom Spore

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It also depends on the tarantula, both the species and the individual, and how hungry they are. My C. cyaneopubescens has never left any parts that I've seen since I got her in January '06, but every four or five months I have to go into my G. rosea's tank with the tongs and pick out some cricket leftovers.
 

cacoseraph

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well, there has to be *something* left. you just aren't finding it. the spiders are not capable of consuming the whole thing. there will be at least bits of almost the whole exoskeleton scattered about.

they have a microfilter system that prevents them from ingesting stuff bigger than a few microns across, so any "solids" that are eaten have to be reduced to extremely small size
 

lunixweb

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well, I guess your T ate the crix completely, and don't worry searching parts of preys, almost all T's clean their tank and put the no eaten parts in some place. :D that you will see easily.
 

Syngyne

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I'd check around a bit. This morning when I was replacing my T's water, I found a bolus stuffed under the water dish. >_<
 
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