Is it okay to only feed slings mealworms?

juicebox1230

Arachnopeon
Joined
Aug 25, 2016
Messages
0
I have 2nd instar (I think) Chilean Rose tarantula slings and I have only been feeding them cut up meal worms. Is that enough nutrition for them or should I vary their diet?

Also, I have 185 of these babies and I was wondering if anyone in Los Angeles area is interested in taking any off my hands?? The momma spider dropped an egg sac after I had her for 2 years (surprise! I didn't know she had mated prior to getting her). Pictures below of her with the egg sac and two of the babies a few weeks ago. They should be molting this week!





 

antinous

Pamphopharaoh
Joined
Mar 28, 2013
Messages
1,464
Nothing wrong with feeding them just mealworms, that's what I do for all my slings. Adults get mostly superworms as well. No ill effects noted.
 

14pokies

Arachnoprince
Joined
Oct 25, 2014
Messages
1,706
Wow 2 years! That is the longest gestation I have ever heard of!!!! Really cool story..

And yes the meal worms are fine..
 

juicebox1230

Arachnopeon
Joined
Aug 25, 2016
Messages
0
Thanks for your responses everyone! Good to know they'll be fine on just mealworms :)

It was super crazy when she popped an egg out! But she never molted while I had her so that might have explained it.

Here's 85 of the babies when I first opened the egg. The other 100 I had already put in little condiment cups the day before.

 

BobBarley

Arachnoprince
Joined
Sep 16, 2015
Messages
1,480
Mealworms will be fine. Contact petcenterusa.net (Paul Becker) He's based in LA and he may take some of them. Btw, looks to be a Grammostola porteri. I'm waiting on my rosea to drop a sac, it's been almost a year since her first pairing.
 

cold blood

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jan 19, 2014
Messages
11,872
Yeah like said, its fine. I feed most of my slings diced up mealworms, it makes feeding sooooo much easier and slings fatten quickly on mealie pieces.

Congrats on the slings.
 

lunarae

Arachnobaron
Joined
Sep 22, 2015
Messages
385
On another thread I was talking to someone about Tarantula Nutrition and some people stated that to them it seemed like slings grew faster on mealworms/superworms because they're high in fatty content. Something to consider but there's no definitive science behind it, just peoples personal observations, but like everyone said, it should be fine. Just make sure your not leaving live mealworms in with them even as they get bigger, or if you give them live ones make sure they take them rather then leave them unsupervised. Don't want that to burrow, get forgotten, then munch on a molting T.
 

juicebox1230

Arachnopeon
Joined
Aug 25, 2016
Messages
0
Mealworms will be fine. Contact petcenterusa.net (Paul Becker) He's based in LA and he may take some of them. Btw, looks to be a Grammostola porteri. I'm waiting on my rosea to drop a sac, it's been almost a year since her first pairing.
Just checked out petcenterusa.net. Looks awesome! Thanks for the recommendation, will contact him. Also I googled photos of G. porteri and you're probably right. This is my first tarantula and the breeder told me it was a Chilean Rose. Good luck on your rosea!
 

Moonohol

Two Legged Freak
Joined
Aug 8, 2016
Messages
115
On another thread I was talking to someone about Tarantula Nutrition and some people stated that to them it seemed like slings grew faster on mealworms/superworms because they're high in fatty content. Something to consider but there's no definitive science behind it, just peoples personal observations, but like everyone said, it should be fine. Just make sure your not leaving live mealworms in with them even as they get bigger, or if you give them live ones make sure they take them rather then leave them unsupervised. Don't want that to burrow, get forgotten, then munch on a molting T.
It's crazy how much differing info there is out there; I've read elsewhere that mealworms are a poor source of nutrition for Ts! I'd think that if so many people have been using them with no ill effects that that mustn't be true. My girl seemed to enjoy mealies just fine when I fed them to her. I prefer crickets now simply because I hate how prone worms are to burrow (I know you can crush the heads) and because I enjoy seeing my Ts use their natural hunting instincts to tackle down crickets.
 

cold blood

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jan 19, 2014
Messages
11,872
This is my first tarantula and the breeder told me it was a Chilean Rose. Good luck on your rosea!
And that's not inaccurate....there are 2 color forms, each with their own scientific name, but both share the common name.
 
Top