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Help! I fed my avic. metallica directly after her molt!

Jacqueline King

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I was just feeding my avic metallica a small roach and accidentally dropped it in her web & when I looked in I realized there was a fresh molt in there! I panicked because I know if she attempts to eat before her fangs harden, that could be potentially fatal. Her web is shaped kind of like a sock and the roach was at the bottom so I tried to cut a little hole in the bottom of the web for the roach to escape through without disturbing her too much. I'm so worried and I feel like such an idiot. What should I do? If I knew she had just molted I wouldn't have even attempted to feed her, ugh. ) ':
 

timc

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A good trick is to put something your feeder will eat in the opposite corner of where the spider lives (burrow, web etc..) and before long the feeder insect will come over to eat, making it much easier to remove. I used to be one of those keepers that worried a lot about “disturbing their web” and I found this trick to work great.
 

Casey K.

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Roaches won’t munch on the T. Crickets will but roaches are fine

Idk about that, friend. I've had lateralis that would munch on a T. They LOVE protein!! I've had lateralis feeders bite me! Sad but true. I wouldn't worry too much about dubia, though.
 

Rs50matt

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Idk about that, friend. I've had lateralis that would munch on a T. They LOVE protein!! I've had lateralis feeders bite me! Sad but true. I wouldn't worry too much about dubia, though.
I apologise for a stupid assumption. This side of the pond b lats aren't too popular so when someone says roaches my default is Dubia. My bad
 

Jacqueline King

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A good trick is to put something your feeder will eat in the opposite corner of where the spider lives (burrow, web etc..) and before long the feeder insect will come over to eat, making it much easier to remove. I used to be one of those keepers that worried a lot about “disturbing their web” and I found this trick to work great.
Thank you!! I ended up doing that last night. Haven't seen the feeder yet to remove it, but these particular roaches love to burrow. A day after the incident and the T is seemingly fine. Fingers crossed it was a good molt and everything is fine. I appreciate the help!!
 

Casey K.

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I apologise for a stupid assumption. This side of the pond b lats aren't too popular so when someone says roaches my default is Dubia. My bad
Wasn't a stupid assumption. :) It was valid input based on your experience with dubia feeders. :)
 

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