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My Tarantula won't eat

Discussion in 'Brachypelma' started by Zarshenyu, Sep 30, 2018.

  1. Zarshenyu

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    Hello :)

    I'm a beginner. I just bought my Tarantula from online shopping on Friday. It's male Brachypelma Albopilosum and it's is 7cm juvenile.

    From a shipping box, i did a rehouse for him to an enclosure. The enclosure is 18 cm x 12 cm x 8 cm. I put the cocopeat first, then put the Tarantula. After rehousing, i immediately sprayed water onto the substrate (cocopeat)

    At Saturday afternoon, i gave him a mealworm. The tarantula won't eat it. I already asked the seller and he said that the tarantula can't see or can't recognize the mealworm so he won't eat it. The tarantula just stood quietly at the corner until the mealworm escape and buried itself. I was afraid that the mealworm could turn into beetle in hours. So i took my tarantula to another safe place. Then i took the mealworm out from enclosure, cut it into 3 pieces, then put it back to enclosure. Later i put back my tarantula to his enclosure.

    He didn't eat it. Until i accidentally fell asleep for 3 hour. After i woke up, i checked the enclosure. The mealworm is gone.

    Yet my tarantula abdomen is still small.

    At night, i tried to give him food again. After dropped the mealworm near his legs, he just stepped back and seems avoiding his food. So i took the worm again.

    I'm confuse. Why does my tarantula won't eat. I'm afraid that the enclosure is too humid so he doesn't feel safe. Humidity level is always above 90%. (i use a combometer that show humidity and temperature). If the enclosure is too humid, what should i do?

    I also attached recent pictures of my tarantula if it's needed.

    Thank you for your attention.

    And pardon my bad English IMG_20180929_230004.jpg

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    Try not feeding it worms for a while...try crickets, roaches or anything larger that will run around. Stop worrying about humidity too and let the enclosure dry out. Just overflow the water dish weekly. I've got over 400 Ts and I dont check the humidity levels at all.
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    It may be taking your T a while to settle into its new home.
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    Okay then. Should i give him a cricket that not bigger then his abdomen? Because internet says that size for a feeder is not larger then abdomen. And how much cricket is should give?
    Thank you
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    How long until it settle? He seems like to get near the ventilation, and sometimes he put his front leg on the ventilation. Should i make more ventilation?

    Thank you
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    It can some time take them a few weeks, often less though. If it's climbing a lot maybe the substrate is too wet, they like it dry so don't bother with the spraying.
    I'd leave feeding for a week and then try again.
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    I see.. Should i try to feed him a cricket now? The abdomen is smaller then it head. I worry my T get starved :'(
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    Ts can go long periods without food as long as they have a fresh water bowl.
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    Okay then. Btw, here's recent photo of my Ts.
    Should i give him food already? Last time i opened the enclosure to took the humidity-meter, he shed his urticating hair.

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    I'd leave him until the end of the week and try again.
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    First off it's good your in this forum because the internet is full of misinformation. A tarantula the size of yours can take down whatever insect size it wants. That rule of the size of the abdomen only works with slings (baby tarantulas).
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    Yes. So many different information i got from the internet and it make me confuse. So is it okay to feed him a cricket right now?
    And how many cricket i should give him? And how often?

    Thank you
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    IMG_20180929_183139.jpg Oh yeah, one more thing.
    When i don't see him, my Ts like to put his 2 front legs on the ventilation (picture attached)
    If it's too humid, what should i do to make it dry?
    Should i also give him a water dish when the enclosure is still too humid?

    Forgive my anxiety. I'm still new :'(
    Thank you
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    As I said I'd feed him at the end of the week and remove it if he doesn't eat Drop 1 cricket in and if he takes it you could drop another in. Normally you want to feed every 1-2 weeks.


    The substrate should soon dry out naturally but he needs a water bowl to drink.
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    Alright then. I will try to feed him at Friday, 1 week after he arrive. And put the water dish.
    These information very helpful and calm me down.

    Thank you very much.
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    You'll soon get to know your T and learn his likes and dislikes, when he's hungry or not.
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    Okay then.. oh, one more question please haha.
    What is sign of a hungry T?

    Thank you
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    Remember your T can go months and months without food...it cant live without water.;)
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    When they're hunting rather than just chilling.
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    Alright then :) i will give him a water dish. I was doubt because the seller said that he didn't need water dish, and it make me confuse. Glad i found this forum and can ask things to you guys ;)

    Thank you very much!
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