Thank you I figure if I had to use a regular size cricket I would just kill it before handYes, they can take baby crickets. Try for food that is smaller than the spider's abdomen - or just prekill it. If the cricket is too big, you can also just give it a "drumstick" (cricket leg) or half of a mealworm or something similar. Most tarantulas will gladly scavenge as slings.
Thank you great info. I thought I could get away with smaller home myself.I'd use a different enclosure entirely, to be honest. This one is too big and has way too much height. You probably got it with your spider, but those tiny terrestrial slings are better put in a small deli cup or such. @cold blood has nice example pics.
And I'd always provide a tiny water dish if possible. A few strands of sphagnum moss which can be watered very easily are also useful. Don't mist. Water from misting will evaporate really quickly and does nothing for your T. Pour a little bit of water directly onto the substrate instead.
No its not called gutloading Its called feeding.ou'll want to get them a day or two in advance and provide the cricket/s with food and water. This is called "gut loading" and
It should be kept on damp sub....the general rule is that if the enclosure has the room for a dish, add one.Should I add a small water bottle cap for water or just mist the walls ??
Compleyely agree. Its going to burrow away and not be observable...it also wont feed as consistently....so growth will be significantly slower....4-5 times slower by my experiments.I'd use a different enclosure entirely, to be honest
Oh no!! Is this necessary?? I get my crickets from PetCo (I've had my T since Nov.) & I just feed him directly........If you're going to feed crickets from a pet store, you'll want to get them a day or two in advance and provide the cricket/s with food and water. This is called "gut loading" and it means your T is getting a more nutritous meal since crickets straight from the pet store are often hungry/thirsty. You can offer the cricket/s a slice of raw potato, carrot, or apple and a little cap of water with stones in it to prevent drowning (side note/pro tip, tarantulas don't drown so their water caps should be just water!).
Feeding the crickets before, as far as I understand it, simply provides the tarantula with extra nutrients, it is not necessary. Don't worry! Spiders in the wild eat what they can get, not necessarily food that's been 'gut loaded'.Oh no!! Is this necessary?? I get my crickets from PetCo (I've had my T since Nov.) & I just feed him directly........
He certainly won't die if the feeders aren't gut loaded.Oh no!! Is this necessary?? I get my crickets from PetCo (I've had my T since Nov.) & I just feed him directly........
Right, but food in the wild has access to food whereas feeders in a box at the prt store do not.Spiders in the wild eat what they can get, not necessarily food that's been 'gut loaded
Um, no. Absolutely not. Paper disintegrates and molds, and the spider cannot get moisture out of it anyways. They need clean, unonstructed water.I was thinking rather than a water dish just a small wet paper towel in the corner
"Gut loading is the process by which an animal's prey is raised and fed nutritious foods with the intention of passing those nutrients to the animal for which the prey is intended."No its not called gutloading Its called feeding.
Gutloading is a reptile term....it implies the addition of necessary nurtients specifically to keep the reptile healthy...ts do not have any such specialized nutrient needs, so that term is not applicable to this hobby..
"Gut-loading" to my understanding is the practice of taking feeders around 24hrs or so prior to feeding them off and sticking them in a separate enclosure with a food source (usually fresh fruit/veg if you don't usually feed these) to ensure they have a gut full of fresh food upon being fed off."Gut loading is the process by which an animal's prey is raised and fed nutritious foods with the intention of passing those nutrients to the animal for which the prey is intended."
"Gut loading simply means feeding the crickets nutritious foods so that the nutrition is passed on to your pet."
Maybe you are thinking about the term "dusting" which refers to adding calcium and other vitamins/supplements for reptile feeder inverts... which doesn't apply to Ts. But "gut loading" does not specifically mean to add supplements that are reptile-specific.
Oh, I love some leaves in the enclosures because it gives your T places to hide and the opportunity to work with them. I'm still not fond of the enclosure itself as it's still too big and has too much height.I took most of the greenery out and put a small piece of cork and a water bottle cap. Going simple with it. I wasn’t a fan of the leafy set up anyway