Killed but Uneaten

mrbonzai211

Arachnobaron
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What does it mean if your T kills a cricket but takes it outside and leaves it at the door of its burrow?
 

stonemantis

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It either isn't hungry at the moment, waiting for it's venom to take effect, saving it for later, isn't in the mood for company, and etc... Just to name a few thoughts that came to mind.

Brian
 

mrbonzai211

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he just picked it up and moved it across the KK to the side of the water bowl.... should I just give up and take it out?
 

Jonathan Rice

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Great question! This happens most frequently with my A. seemanis. I agree with the posts above, the tarantulas are either not hungry or not interested but most definitely bothered.

I would leave the crickets in the cage for up to 12 hours depending on the temp./hum. of the cage. If it's really hot and humid in there, it'd be a safe bet to remove it more quickly to help lower the chances of mold/mites. Most likely the t isn't going to go back for it. I'd also be wary about dead crickets/remains in the water dish. Remove it to prevent, again, mold/mites.

In my experience, if a tarantula doesn't eat a cricket in the first 30 min. then it's not going to eat it, so I remove it a try again the next day. If it again refuses it, I assume it's in pre-molt. Hope this helps some.
 
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