Force feeding

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Is there a viable way to force feed a defensive spider? I'm talking 'bout my A.Ezendami AF. I got her like 4 months ago and she still haven't settled in. She is always wondering around. I've seen her eat twice in my care, but now she is not eating for like 2 months and she is very very slim. Her enclosure is fine, she has a water dish so this is not the case. Any sugestions on how to force feed?
 

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Sounds like "she" is a mature male. Post a pic of the pedipalps. And no, to my knowledge, there is definitely no way to force feed a tarantula.
 

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She is not a mature male and there is a way to force feed the non-defensive species, but I'm wondering 'bout the defensive ones.
 

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That is not even remotely close to force feeding (didn't work anyways). That's simply assisting, just the same as dripping water on a dehydrated T's mouth. As far as I know, it would be physically impossible to force feed a tarantula.

Not knocking what you may or may not know, but what you describe, sounds exactly like an expiring MM. Even if it is a female, pics of her and the enclosure will still help everyone help you.
 

Andrea82

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Yeah, that only works on a very sick Theraphosid, and is not considered force feeding but helping the spider to get at least some food or water. ;)
If you don't mind and want answers, you could post some pictures of spider and set up.

Edit: sorry for the echo...
 

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I am unable to get pictures at this moment. She has a lot of substrate ~10 inches, humidity is always around 60-65%. I have Ezendami spiderling and its doing very well, but I got this female was very slim since the moment i got her and she managed to have a few meals, but she looks very weak at this moment. The thing that makes me nervous is the fact that she didn't even attempt to burrow or use her hide.
 

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humidity is always around 60-65%
You are measuring humidity? For a baboon??

Bone dry with a water dish, its that simple, they have zero humidity requirements.

I will say that they can take their sweet time to construct a burrow, but it should eventually.

I'm scratching my head about a thin female not eating.

Hopefully you can get a pic soon.
 

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That's not nearly worrisome slim...you say its slimmer now...it shouldn't be that much thinner....I feed mine every 2-3 weeks, its not like they need to be fed at a constant rate. I also feed larger prey items like dubia and supers (I see you were feeding supers, too).
 

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I think she won't make it. Not sure what is wrong. She is very weak at this point, I can't describe it very well, but she is struggling to move her legs, looks like it takes her extra effort to move, not in a DKS way. I wish i knew what is wrong and could help her somehow.
 

Chris LXXIX

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You shouldn't consider the "humidity number/s %" at all.

I tell you those are a big (if not the biggest) cancer of this hobby.
 

Chris LXXIX

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The spider from the pic seems fine. Btw have you tried something else, aside for worms? Just saying, uh :-s
 
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