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Tarantula Shaking Back and Forth

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Ijk24, May 13, 2016.

  1. Ijk24

    Ijk24 Arachnosquire

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    Hey , I recently just fed my LP a Darkling Beetle and while she's eating she appears to be shaking . What does this mean?
     

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  2. Flexzone

    Flexzone Arachnodemon

    Ive seen that to with my T's as they are pulling prey up from the feeding mat, Its just them keeping their equilibrium and once they do they stop, nothing to worry about.
     
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  3. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

    Would you be able to post a video? A static image doesn't show motion :D

    If not, can you describe the shaking? Is there a pattern to it, or does it appear random? What parts of the body, front, back left right etc.
     
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  4. Nothing to worry about. If you put some music on you can make a T dance video ;)
     
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  5. Ijk24

    Ijk24 Arachnosquire

    She moves her whole body left and right
     
  6. Flexzone

    Flexzone Arachnodemon

    Auditioning for "Dancing with the T's" perhaps :D
     
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  7. edesign

    edesign AB FB Group Moderatr Old Timer

    If it's what I'm imagining then nothing's wrong, sometimes mine do that for a little bit. Just flair for the Happy Dance :p
     
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  8. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

    Well, if it's what I THINK it is, you have nothing to worry about. I see many of mine do the same thing. Again, no video, can't say for sure. However, if you haven't observed other behavior that is odd, and it's eating/drinking normally etc, I wouldn't worry.
     
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  9. Venom1080

    Venom1080 Arachnoemperor

    all my Ts do a little feeding waltz after snagging a prey item, not sure why, but maybe its them beginning to regurgitate digestive juices onto the prey item, as thats how they break it down. little theory of mine. no reason to worry.
     
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  10. Yeah shake that booty baby.:D
     
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  11. MrsHaas

    MrsHaas Arachnoangel

    She just twerkin
     
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  12. Exoskeleton Invertebrates

    Exoskeleton Invertebrates Arachnoprince Old Timer

    She's laying silk of web while she's eating.
     
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  13. grimmjowls

    grimmjowls Arachnoknight

    My partner always called it their "happy dance" while they lay down silk and start eating.
     
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  14. darkness975

    darkness975 dream reaper Arachnosupporter

    This. @Ijk24 I doubt you have anything to worry about unless you notice odd behavior during non feeding times.
     
  15. MrsHaas

    MrsHaas Arachnoangel

    Yes, she's just "happy dancing" (which is really just her laying down a feeding mat) while she eats. Ts do that. Personally, I love watching them do the wiggle haha
     
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  16. "Do the locomotion with me..."
     
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  17. Roxy

    Roxy Arachnopeon

    Yeah I just saw my Aphonopelma chalcodes doing this. She already had her roach grasped in her fangs and when I looked really close to her butt wiggle, I saw her spinnerets moving with very fine silk coming out. But why do they lay the silk down if they're already eating?
     
  18. ThatsUnpossible

    ThatsUnpossible Arachnosquire

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    Doggy bag? Wrapping for bolus? Anybody know?

    This thread’s pretty old, btw.
     
  19. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnoreaper Arachnosupporter


    Tarantulas basically eat by puking digestive fluid onto the prey, mashing it up with their chelicerae and then sucking out the liquefied insides.

    Webbing helps hold it all together.
     
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  20. Roxy

    Roxy Arachnopeon

    Neat. That makes sense. To be honest, I'm a noob; so, I appreciate any help I can get. I want to make sure that my Ts get the best care I can give. I just joined this forum so some of the older posts I'm just now seeing.
    Thank you so much for explaining!
     
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