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Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by MaximusMeridus, May 29, 2009.
Robs just lucky they don't shoot poop like the irminias;P
Clinning her cage
Sorry about the loss, I know it's devastistating when you have invested so much time and the suddenly they go. In your case it doesn't like age at all as she would have slowed down eating over time, you would have known for sure.
There are two very likely options,
Poisoning/toxins in the food. Did you ever feed locusts? Insects are good carriers of toxins. That is why it is always good to vary their diet so they don't get too much of the same food just in case too much of the toxin builds up. Nevertheless always good to vary diet anyway to balance nutrition.
Also might be overeating. I have known tarantulas to die from overeating, it is more common than you think, unlike humans, they don't get fatter and cannot exscrete proportionally, so just keep on swelling up putting huge pressure on heart and organs especially in the bigger spiders. Either the pressure is too much and they pop somewhere, which by the sound of your fluid issue sounds right, or their heart gives in under this pressure.
I have never fed her locust. Actually, I have always put some variety in her diet, from Blaptica Dubia from my own colony, crickets, mice and super worms.
Normally, I feed my tarantulas and as soon as they dont show much interest for the prey, I let them rest for days. I have been feeding that way since age 12 when I started keeping Theraphosids, and all of them have always looked great,plump,and healthy.
With her I had to literally wait several days on purpose because I knew anything I threw on the tank it was gonna be eaten ... But it could be that...
I did my best on research for this sp, I had pretty much a "piece" of Northern south America in the tank...But still, as you said, this happens.
Thanks for your response
:worship: Love the setup fogger is extra cool. I keep thinking about a T blondie but price tag for large ones right now has me bumbed.
Thats just.. like a trex to a raptor
Sorry for your loss with that monster blondi Fran, but glad you finally shared some pics of her.
I like to show pics to admire the t's, but not meaning anything like
"mine is the biggest" (which thats stupid IMO ) or anything like that, thats why I dont show her often.
To me its simply luck. Perhaps I contributed to the size thanks to my personal care and efforts with her, but its obviously a matter of nature and genetics, thats all.
Its pretty obvious that regular sizes for an adult female are touching the 9+/10 ", and its pretty rare to see one at 11, let alone 12.
I wonder what is out there in the middle of Venezuela, Guyana or North Brazil . Hopefully they will let them live in peace.
ummmm, yeah I remember seeing that video. That's a lot of poo!!
There youn have another one for the folks from Europe, like me
that thing is 28.5cm or so!
the largest one that ive seen a measurement of. its significantly bigger than most blondis you see in collections (who seem to be around 9-9.5 inches). robs last moult of zilla looks to be 9.75 inches.
any idea how old she was when she died?
she was wild caught, so I have no info on her age, at the very very least is 2 years, but of course is older than that.
Well, heres the latest from the spider at www.tarantulacam.org
She grew a lot bigger than I thought, which indicates she has more growing to do.
Her legs were noticeably much thicker and rivalled that of the previous specimen I had which was a surprise. 11mm first leg femur width. This is by far the chunkiest proportioned blondi I have ever seen.
We'll see how she pans out, will post more pictures later
a nice chunky blondi for sure!!
Wow, she's a horse! A beautiful one at that!
And some more..
I agree LOL