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tarantula help

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by imported_dowmagik, Dec 2, 2003.

  1. imported_dowmagik

    imported_dowmagik Senior Member

    Joined: Apr 19, 2001 Messages: 1,904 Likes Received: 1
    this is sort of a random question, but oh well. i racked a tarantula from a pet shop the other week and cant get the shit head to eat anything. i bought him a mouse but the mouse scared him and he wouldnt bite it or anything, he just shook his ass at it. i bought some crickets and he wont eat them either. i had a tarantula when i lived on the coast and it would eat like 4 crickets at the same time - have them hanging off his fangs n shit. but this turd wont eat a thing. im about to just dump him in some store. anybody know how i can make this fucker eat?
  2. Kr430n5_666

    Kr430n5_666 Banned

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  3. CinchedWaist

    CinchedWaist Elite Member

    Joined: Sep 11, 2003 Messages: 2,691 Likes Received: 1
    That sucks...I don't know too much about spiders, I'm more of a reptillian girl.
    Do spiders need heat to stimulate them to eat? If I wasn't about to go to lunch I'd research a bit...
    Maybe its sick?
  4. Kr430n5_666

    Kr430n5_666 Banned

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    im shakin so god damn bad, i feel like im dancin
  5. fuck muni

    fuck muni Senior Member

    Joined: Nov 26, 2003 Messages: 1,089 Likes Received: 4
    maybe he'll eat your ass
  6. imported_dowmagik

    imported_dowmagik Senior Member

    Joined: Apr 19, 2001 Messages: 1,904 Likes Received: 1
    i wish, his face is pretty fuzzy.
  7. CinchedWaist

    CinchedWaist Elite Member

    Joined: Sep 11, 2003 Messages: 2,691 Likes Received: 1
    Tarantulas are predators and will eat just about any living animal they can capture and kill. Crickets, most beetles, grasshoppers, earthworms, moths, and other animals are acceptable. Larger tarantulas sometimes eat small snakes, lizards and mice. Avoid wasps and bees, since they could harm the spider, and do not use insects from areas that might be sprayed for pests. Some tarantulas will occasionally scavenge, and you can offer a small dead minnow or piece of steak. You should not offer food every day. Feeding once a week is enough, and larger spiders can be fed every other week. Spiders will not overeat. Removing uneaten food after a day or so will help keep the cage clean. If your spider looks and acts healthy, but stops feeding for a week or two, do not be alarmed. This is normal and may indicate an upcoming molt.
    A plastic jar lid or similar container can be a good water dish, and putting in a few small stones will let the feeder animals crawl out should they fall in. If you use a piece of sponge keep it clean, and do not use cotton (it can get caught in the spider’s mouth). Keeping the water dish filled also helps maintain the cage humidity. Many tarantula keepers spray the substrate with water once a week or so to maintain required humidity.

    Like all other arthropods, tarantulas molt their exoskeleton periodically. The tarantula generally stops feeding for a week or more, and then usually turns over on its back. The old exoskeleton splits, and the spider works it off and then flips upright. Finally, the new exoskeleton enlarges and hardens. It will be several days before this last part is complete, and the spider does not eat, nor should it be handled, during this time. So, if you happen to see your tarantula lying upside down, DO NOT touch it - tarantulas do not die naturally on their backs. To help insure a successful molt remove any live food, mist the substrate with water to increase humidity a bit, and make sure the water dish is full.

    Does it look healthy or does it look like its dying?
  8. !@#$%

    [email protected]#$% Moderator Crew

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    is the temperature right?

    animals usually stop eating when they're real freaked out.
  9. arktic

    arktic New Jack

    Joined: Nov 13, 2003 Messages: 41 Likes Received: 0
    i love animals, they're delicious

    maybe you should just eat him.
  10. BOZACK

    BOZACK Member

    Joined: Oct 19, 2003 Messages: 999 Likes Received: 0
    funny tarantula story:

    i had this tarantula named mickey mouse (don't ask) who ate crickets like crazy. well one day i startled a female friend of mine with it, whowas talking on the phone at the time, and threw the phone at the tarantula, breaking one of its legs. this limited its mobility, and it was not able to go after the crickets to eat em. well after a few days, the crickets rebelled, attacked the crippled tarantula, and ate him alive, leaving only pieces of a hollow shell. it was a very sad and repulsive situation. so i set the terarium on fire with the crickets still inside. :mad: :mad:
  11. Gunm

    Gunm Banned

    Joined: Aug 31, 2003 Messages: 12,427 Likes Received: 2
    LOL. Bozack, that story just gave me newfound respect for you.

    I like the idea of setting the whole thing on fire. Very, very Nordic.
  12. TEE_rase_war

    TEE_rase_war Senior Member

    Joined: Dec 6, 2001 Messages: 1,717 Likes Received: 1
    fill a small bowl with water (small now) and put a sponge inside. i hear they like that.

  13. krie

    krie Guest

    how did u steal a trantula ? shove it inside your pocket ? didnt it try and bite you when you where handling it ?
  14. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Aug 25, 2002 Messages: 14,783 Likes Received: 14
    hahaha, racking tarantulas
  15. T.T Boy

    T.T Boy Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 18, 2001 Messages: 21,803 Likes Received: 41
    thats what i was thinking, how the fuck did you rack a tarantula?