How do you guys get around the lid scare?

DPetsche

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We've all experienced it, and most people have their own little solutions to it. You have a skittish T, it's feeding day. It's this T's turn, you're not sure if you're even going to be able to get it to eat and we all know why this is. You go to open the lid, it moves the whole enclosure, there goes the T. Either under its cork bark or into its burrow. You can try to feed anyway but it's hiding and it's going to come out. Can't exactly leave the food in there if you're feeding live. What do you guys to do get around this?
 

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um, yes you can. just let the cricket wander. if its a roach or worm crush its head and leave at the hide entrance.
 

DPetsche

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Is it okay to just let it wander around? I always hear the horror stories about what could happen. Plus I'm very used to feeding snakes where the rats have to be taken back out in an hour or so or it might attack the snake. THAT I've actually seen happen. I guess the likelihood of a cricket actually posing any problem to a Tarantula is slim unless it's molting.
 

Nightstalker47

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You can leave in feeders overnight no problem. I just check on them the next morning and take them out if they're still there, they won't kill your spider in a matter of hours...
 

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I leave it overnight. Tarantula doesn't want it...cool I havea xenethis immanis that will happily take it.

No point in scolding a tarantula about all the hungry spiders in Africa who would be grateful to have that cricket...
 

The Grym Reaper

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I mostly use red runners so I just dump it in and then check back in the evening, if it's still alive then I take it out.

With feeders that like to burrow I partially crush the head if I know it won't be taken straight away.
 

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creepa

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I tickle the burrow entrance until i get response and only then i put the roach/cricket near the entrance...
 

Moakmeister

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I just peel the lid off of my tarantula's deli cup enclosure. In the future I'm just gonna use these
and tell those deli cups to go screw themselves.
 

Eek

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B. lateralis are great for this sort of thing. They dont pick fights with the T and they cant climb most plastic walls.
...in my experience (limited as it may be) I've had very little trouble B. lateralis (turkish reds) and I'm grateful that they dont smell like crickets do.
 

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I use critter keepers, and I open the lids slow enough so that it does not move the enclosure all that much. Honestly most of my spiders don't even react at all when I pop the lid off. My scorpions are noticeably more sensitive to the vibrations believe it or not.
 

viper69

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Is it okay to just let it wander around? I always hear the horror stories about what could happen. Plus I'm very used to feeding snakes where the rats have to be taken back out in an hour or so or it might attack the snake. THAT I've actually seen happen. I guess the likelihood of a cricket actually posing any problem to a Tarantula is slim unless it's molting.
You should be feeding snakes pre-killed rats (esp rats!), there's no reason not to, it's safer for the snake.

Sometimes a T isn't hungry and they end up with a new roommate for a few weeks too.
 

Trenor

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If you have a deli or condiment cup that is really tight fitting you can cut the lid as shown below to lessen how much pressure it takes when opening and closing. Just take care not to cut all the way past the locking grove or make too many cuts. Both will cause the lid to be too lose. It also works great at not startling slings that like to break and run.



I don't tong feed any of my Ts. I crush the roach heads and toss them in. Go back the next night and take out anything that wasn't eaten.
 
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