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Is it Safe to Feed Her Yet?

Discussion in 'General Tarantula Discussion' started by Sonicookie, Sep 14, 2018.

  1. Sonicookie

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    My Rose Hair molted for the first time with me recently, I believe July 3rd. I know you have to wait after molting, but for how long? There's still a little left un-darkened on her carapace. She's been going after water when I pour it.

    Her abdomen is pretty small now and I know Rose Hairs can go a long time without food, but it's only natural to worry.

    A few minutes ago she was very still, with her legs a little sprawled. It's probably nothing to worry about, but again, it's only natural. I would've taken a picture, but it's dark.

    How do you tell if a tarantula is starving?
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    If she moulted back in July she'll be ready for food by now. Have you tried feeding her yet?
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    MassExodus Well-Known Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    If it's starving the abdomen will be very small, tiny. If it is dehydrated the abdomen will be small and wrinkled. You can offer food after a few weeks with most tarantulas. Except slings. Five to seven days for them is fine. Always have fresh water in enclosures, most particularly during premolt, or after a molt. Have you tried offering food in the past two months? Usually striking at water is a feeding response. I always thought so, anyway..
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  4. Arachnoclown

    Arachnoclown Well-Known Member Premium Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    The fangs are suppose to darken...not the carapace. :rolleyes:
    Feed her...
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    Whitelightning777 Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    I'm sure that she is ready to eat. Even my T stirmi was eating after her molt at that time frame. In fact, I recommend feeding as soon as possible.
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  6. Sonicookie

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    Thank-you. I've heard attacking water is a feeding response too. I'd been meaning to ask if it was safe, I'll get crickets in the next few days. I refill the water dish daily.

    I haven't offered food yet just in case it wasn't safe.
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    MassExodus Well-Known Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Just to reinforce, never wait two months for any tarantula, even older giants that sometimes take a month to eat after a molt. Molting takes a heavy toll sometimes. A spider that might usually not eat for 3 weeks could need it after one week, due to a hard molting process.
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  8. Arachnoclown

    Arachnoclown Well-Known Member Premium Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    My 10.5" stirmi waits nearly a month after molting...drives me nuts waiting that long!!!:confused:
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    Whitelightning777 Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    They might eat a little bit earlier if the feeder is very soft, such as a horn worm or an earthworm. I always use an earthworm as the first post molt meal. Even though the fangs look black, it never hurts to be too careful.
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  10. Solsurfer

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    I generally wait a week and try. T's won't eat if they're not ready to they are masters of self preservation .
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