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Help! Weird Standing Position After Eating Cricket

Discussion in 'Brachypelma' started by Zarshenyu, Oct 7, 2018.

  1. Zarshenyu

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    Hello Everyone.

    After one week my Tarantula didn't eat anything, this is the first time he ate cricket.

    2 days ago, i gave him cricket. The cricket didn't move or walk inside the enclosure and my T didn't touch the cricket so yesterday morning i took out the cricket and put it back to his jar (inside a jar there are only 4 cricket).

    This night when i wanted to take the cricket, i found that they are cannibal. From 4 cricket in a jar, i found only 3 that still alive. The other one legs are gone and it dried and dead.

    I throw away the dead cricket and feed my T other cricket. But i don't remember if the dead cricket is the same as cricket from yesterday or not.

    After my T finished his meal, i found him standing like this and he seems hardly stand on his legs. His abdomen also facing down.

    I'm afraid that the dead one is the cricket that i gave my tarantula 2 days ago.
    And if it's a sick cricket and the cannibal ate it, then i gave my T the cannibal one, would it be ok?

    Before standing like on the photo, he curled his second and third left legs. After that, he standing like usual..

    I attached the videos and photos

    Hope my videos and photos help..

    Thank you.






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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Perfectly normal behaviour. They will often do a little dance too, known as the "HappyDance"
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    Oh my... I'm sorry for being too nervous :'(

    At first the legs seems like curl. That's why i started to freak out. I'm afraid he was poisoned by the cricket :'(

    I didn't see him when he might did the HappyDance. :'(
    I was busy jumping like a crazy rabbit because of excitement when i saw he catch the cricket quickly and ate it.

    I only saw he turning around his body right after he catch the cricket.

    But is his abdomen is normal? Facing down like that?

    Thank you for the information.
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Don't worry, we've all been the same at some point. You'll soon learn his ways and be able to enjoy watching his antics.
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    Alright :)
    Thank you for your attention :T:

    Should i give him another cricket? So he could be more happy? :D :T:
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    You could try him, at least it would give you an idea of how many he'll take next feed.
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    So every tarantula has their own portion?
    Like, is not every juvenile should be given 1 crickets per week?
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    They're all different, even Ts of the same species just like us humans differ. They can vary in feeding amounts and general behaviour
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    Lol, too cute. Ahhh, it reminds me of my own first tarantula..:)
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    Oh my they're so cute! :D
    It will be my pleasure to learn about him every single day :D :T:

    I don't see any bolus yet... Does it mean my T eat all body part of the crickets? :D
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    Whoa so your first tarantula is albo? :D
    Same with me :T:
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    Hello everyone :)

    After 21 hours my T ate the cricket, i can't find any bolus.

    Is my tarantula really that hungry? He didn't left a piece of crickets' body...
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    There would have been something left over but often it's hard to find, sometimes it's just a bulge in some webbing somewhere.
    Also , you should feed your crickets if you don't already, one cricket eating another doesn't mean one died of a disease , hungry crickets will kill and eat other crickets, plus there is a much higher chance of cricket chewing on the predator if it's hungry. Carrot and spinach /chard are readily accepted by crickets and should increase the nutritional value.
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    agreed, I always give my crickets some salad leaves and carrot peel, it helps to give them some liquid as well as I usually give it them wet. the bran they come with is dry and TBH I am not a fan of the bug gel so I find veg with a bit of wetness keep a them alive and fresh long enough before they get munched by the spiders :)
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    Wow, cricket are a bit scary :D
    Alright, noted then!
    Few days ago, i feed the crickets potato before i gave it to my T :D
    How often i should check the enclosure? If i can't find it, will the bolus can grow mold?

    Thank you
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    Okay then :D
    I will try to pay more attention to the crickets then :D
    Does a peanut butter jar for 4 crickets is good? Because i buy the crickets weekly.
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    Roaches or superworms last longer then crickets...and better for your T. Your photos remind me on one of my Ts when he eats...he stands on his toes :D 20181009_194013.jpg
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    Whoa! :D your T look intimidating yet beautiful at the same time :D
    Really cute :T:
    First time my T ate the crickets, he also stands on his toes :D
    Right after the cricket dropped. Then he slowly did the happy dance

    I know it's funny but.. I have trauma with roaches and until now, i still don't have enough courage to get close to then :D :'(
    So i think I'd go for superworm and crickets.

    Does superworm can burrow like mealworm?
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    Just crush their heads...they wont dig then
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    Alright :D
    Will do :D

    Oh, btw. Is it common if i can't find any bolus inside the enclosure? I already check it 4 times but only found something looks like cricket's head. Already took it out. But it might be a hardened cocopeat.

    If it's cocopeat, i can't find bolus in my enclosure. I'm afraid that my T burried it.
    Does bolus can grow mold?
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