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my poor brown Haitian bird eater

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by kacodemon, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. kacodemon

    kacodemon Arachnopeon

    so a week ago I found a big grasshopper I thought haitshyy would love to eat it turns out it had some sort of pesticide on it :'( now she's dying and she wasn't even full grown only had her year and a half old now she's dying slowly I wish I could put her out of her misery but hopes of:cry: her pulling through are still there if it doesn't work I'll be looking for a new Spider never agin will I feed from the yard
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  2. JZC

    JZC Arachnobaron

    That's why it is never recommended to feed WC prey. I could Mount her if you like. Also note that there is very little to be done about pesticides with Ts. It isn't something an ICU can fix.
  3. goodoldneon

    goodoldneon Arachnoknight

    I hate to be the one to heap scorn on top of misery but, well, HELLO?????
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  4. kacodemon

    kacodemon Arachnopeon

    It was her first and last wc meal
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  5. I had the hardest time deciphering that. Safe to say you'll never feed someone you love wild caught bugs again.
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  6. kacodemon

    kacodemon Arachnopeon

    Sorry i was using talk to type worse speller then me lol
  7. hearsemadam

    hearsemadam Arachnosquire

    a lesson learned the hard way.

    Im sorry for your loss.
  8. Marc Spider

    Marc Spider Arachnobaron

    Sorry to bring back an old thread.

    But, I suppose as far as pesticides are concerned it would depend where you live. In a city I definitely avoid anything wild caught. I live in the suburbs of Colorado, I've fed all of my T's countless amounts of wild caught prey for a couple a years now. Nothing has happened, 'knock on wood'.
  9. ThorsCarapace22

    ThorsCarapace22 Arachnosquire

    I live in a holler deep in kentucky and it still makes me nervous thinking about WC feeders. : /
  10. Phoenix G

    Phoenix G Arachnopeon Active Member

    Thanks for sharing this as a reminder to those who might not know, though. I'm so fortunate to be able to use wild caught prey because I live miles and miles away from farms and people. I actually found my T in my yard. You might think "You're so lucky!!" buuuut think about hard it is to get services like reliable electricity or internet, or any kind of cell service, or groceries, or..dates. lol!
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  11. Rhino1

    Rhino1 Arachnoknight

    I used to feed WC insects until I saw a nematode infestation first hand. For me it's not worth losing a $200 Tarantula over.
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  12. MainMann

    MainMann Arachnosquire

    Would love to hear more about this, what did it look like? Can a T contract a nematode infection from WC prey?
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  13. Vanisher

    Vanisher Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Folks should not use pesticides nowdays when insects are about to die out!
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  14. Rhino1

    Rhino1 Arachnoknight

    I've always lived fairly rural with big buffer zones from neighbours so pesticides isn't a concern.
    Worst offenders here for carrying internal worms and parasites are Asian house geckos, garden skinks, large moths and locusts.
  15. MainMann

    MainMann Arachnosquire

    Oh wow! I was wondering, can i try this experiment with my crickets? If they do carry nematodes, would they crawl out like that if i submerge the cricket underwater?
  16. Rhino1

    Rhino1 Arachnoknight

    Yeah maybe, I think in the pics the liquid is like an alcohol to preserve it.

    A few years ago we had a large wild praying mantis die on a windowsill and worms came out of it, it was brutal.
    The thing is, that they can be in a seemingly healthy Tarantula for some time before it dies, I fed one of mine a couple WC insects a few years ago and it's fine but still worry about it cos it's my biggest T now lol
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  17. Marc Spider

    Marc Spider Arachnobaron

    I agree, how likely are they to catch it from wild caught prey? Hmm.
  18. Rhino1

    Rhino1 Arachnoknight

    I guess it's like Russian roulette, maybe never. I know ppl that regularly feed their reptiles WC insects with no issues but then had a girl buy some hatchling angle head dragons from me that died in 6 months loaded with nematodes and she only fed them a few WC moths here and there.
    It's simply whether or not you can afford to take a risk, you might not ever have a problem in 20 years or it could be a common thing in your area
    Edit: whoops forgot to add the Latin name hypsilirus spinipes (spelling?)
  19. RezonantVoid

    RezonantVoid Hollow Knight Arachnosupporter

    I've lost 2 inverts to nematodes, both were WC (U.Novaehollandiae and an Idiosoma sp. trapdoor). Not the nicest way to lose something at all. I've had to treat my beardie for parasites as well and I think the most likely cause of contraction was probably WC locusts. He's been eating them for ages and only had it happen once, but I don't feed WC prey to anything else other than a wolf spider of I catch one
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