Superworms

JumpingSpiderLady

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my husband feeds his T's superoworms. (We both hate touching the things.) They burrow so quickly though! How do you all keep them above ground long enough to become a meal?
 

Nephrite

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my husband feeds his T's superoworms. (We both hate touching the things.) They burrow so quickly though! How do you all keep them above ground long enough to become a meal?
Simple. Just crush the head. It'll prevent it from burrowing, and it will still wriggle around to attract the T.
 

WeightedAbyss75

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Simple. Just crush the head. It'll prevent it from burrowing, and it will still wriggle around to attract the T.
Yeah, it usually works. Never done it, but many people have success with that :D. If not, then there's always roaches!
 

ratluvr76

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I crush the head of all feeder insects. My number one nightmare is a feeder insect escaping notice and me thinking the T ate it only to find a molting spider half eaten by the hidden feeder insect.
 

Arcana

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I also crush the heads of dubias before feeding my Ts. Ts always bolt inside their burrows when I open the lid and I'd hate to see feeder going there too, alive :S
 

Trenor

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I also crush the heads of dubias before feeding my Ts. Ts always bolt inside their burrows when I open the lid and I'd hate to see feeder going there too, alive :S
No worries on this front when using Dubias. They can't harm the T even if it has molted. It does help to keep them from burrowing though.

Super Worms, meal worms and crickets can bite and harm your freshly molted T though.
 

Poec54

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When I use superworms, I never crush their heads. I only feed them to hungry spiders that will grab them immediately (dropping the superworm on the spider's front feet). If the spider hasn't done that within a couple seconds, I take the superworm out and give it to another spider.

Get a 6" forceps and use it for cage maintenance (picking up prey, water bowls, cage decorations, etc) and keep your fingers out of your spider cages. Even the calmest species can have sudden and violent feeding responses.
 

JumpingSpiderLady

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The superworms aren't too good at moving out of substrate of some sort. I was thinking of putting them in a shallow dish for the T's. Well, I'd suggest it to my sweetie. They are his spiders.
 

ratluvr76

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No worries on this front when using Dubias. They can't harm the T even if it has molted. It does help to keep them from burrowing though.

Super Worms, meal worms and crickets can bite and harm your freshly molted T though.
Dubias absolutely CAN and HAVE harmed T's while molting... o_O
 

Arcana

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No worries on this front when using Dubias. They can't harm the T even if it has molted. It does help to keep them from burrowing though.

Super Worms, meal worms and crickets can bite and harm your freshly molted T though.
Dubias absolutely CAN and HAVE harmed T's while molting... o_O
Well, I heard two sides about this when I first got my Ts. One says dubias are totally safe and one says they are not. That's why I play it safe and cut the heads off, just in case. :)
 

TownesVanZandt

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Well, I heard two sides about this when I first got my Ts. One says dubias are totally safe and one says they are not. That's why I play it safe and cut the heads off, just in case. :)
Will they still move after that?
 

TownesVanZandt

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Yes, a little. They flick their legs if I place them on their backs. Otherwise they would crawl around the enclosure for a while :D
Good to know. For me feeding Dubias haven´t been successful with all my T´s. Some just refuse to eat them, so I´m sticking with crickets.

By the way, I´m curious about your profile picture. It looks like Nøkken a water "spirit" in Norwegian folklore who lives in fresh waters and tries to tempt people into the water to drown them. Do you have the same figure in Finnish folklore?

Here´s a drawing of Nøkken by a famous 19th century Norwegian artist (Theodor Kittelsen) who drew motives from Norwegian folklore:

kittelsen nøkken.jpg
 

Arcana

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Good to know. For me feeding Dubias haven´t been successful with all my T´s. Some just refuse to eat them, so I´m sticking with crickets.

By the way, I´m curious about your profile picture. It looks like Nøkken a water "spirit" in Norwegian folklore who lives in fresh waters and tries to tempt people into the water to drown them. Do you have the same figure in Finnish folklore?

Here´s a drawing of Nøkken by a famous 19th century Norwegian artist (Theodor Kittelsen) who drew motives from Norwegian folklore:

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Nøkken must be Näkki in our folklore, so yes it is the same dude! A mean guardian of waters :) I'm a big fan of odd pictures. This profilepic is a modern version of Nøkken-Näkki though, I friend of mine sent me this pic via facebook so I just crabbed it. I have no idea where this pic is from :D
 

JumpingSpiderLady

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Good to know. For me feeding Dubias haven´t been successful with all my T´s. Some just refuse to eat them, so I´m sticking with crickets.

By the way, I´m curious about your profile picture. It looks like Nøkken a water "spirit" in Norwegian folklore who lives in fresh waters and tries to tempt people into the water to drown them. Do you have the same figure in Finnish folklore?

Here´s a drawing of Nøkken by a famous 19th century Norwegian artist (Theodor Kittelsen) who drew motives from Norwegian folklore:

View attachment 217606
No. It's a chihuahua in sunglasses.
 

Trenor

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Dubias absolutely CAN and HAVE harmed T's while molting... o_O
Not from any information I have seen. They don't even eat each other when one of them dies in the bin. Though if you have information that suggest otherwise lay it on me. I'll be glad to look it over.
 
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ratluvr76

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Not from anything information I have seen. They don't even eat each other when one of them dies in the bin. Though if you have information that suggest otherwise lay it on me. I'll be glad to look it over.
I can't find the picture now, I saw it months ago as part of my research on feeder insects when I first started into the hobby. The picture I saw was of a dubia eating a molting tarantula. I've also seen my dubias in my colony canabalizing any roaches that happen to die off in my bins. Perhaps I'm not giving them enough protein in their diet? idk, in any case, I know they can do it. It's not common but it does happen.
 
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