- Sep 21, 2005
I have 3 inch A. geniculata... How long should i go between feeding it? Like a crick a week or what:?
Think that's bad?Guy my mom got my T from, told herto give her a few crickets every night. Shes hardly 3 inches.. I stopped that imediately, and now she gets about one a week, occasionally two..but at hte momentshes webbed n her hde refusing foodThis is WAY overfeeding and you should stop. Pet store guys are, 99% of the time, complete morons and their advice is worthless.
That's because, in nature, there's no telling if they'd be able to find food the next day or not until two months from now. So they eat and eat and eat while they can.You think a Geniculata would live on that diet(one cricket a week) in nature if it could? Nah.
In many habitats I would agree to this, but the Acantoscurrias are mainly found in jungle, subtropical areas or pampas. And food are not very scarse in these habitats. Also, the spider is built to feed, yes, and so are all other creatures. The only bugs I wouldn't feed this plentyfull is solifugids, as they have a gourging problem =DThat's because, in nature, there's no telling if they'd be able to find food the next day or not until two months from now. So they eat and eat and eat while they can.
However, in captivity, they're going to get regular meals. They just aren't smart enough to understand this, so they still act like they're worried they might never see food again. As always, overfeeding any tarantula will speed up the molting process, which speeds up the aging process, which means your spider won't live as long as someone else's who feeds a more "average" diet. If you're okay with that, go ahead. The tarantula probably isn't sentient enough to care one way or the other.