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    How soon can I offer food to tarantula after molt?

    Discussion in 'Reptiles, Amphibians and Other Exotic Pets' started by lujor, Aug 29, 2010.

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      My very old tarantula just molted last night. I didn't think it would live thru the night, but it has. It fasted for quite a while before molting, and I am worried about it getting malnourished. Its abdomen shrunk and it hasn't spun oreven moved around much. How long should I wait for it to recover from the molt before I offer crickets?
       
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      how old is it? I have a pair (or what I thought was a pair) of 2 males that are 100% mature and knocking on deaths door right now to. I keep crickets in with them all the time but even still they have tiny abdomens and will not make a web. sort of sad...

      to answer your question though, I would say a day to let the fangs re harden. Good luck!
       
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      Not exactly sure how old as she's a rescue. At least 15years. This is the longest she has ever fasted, and it's also the least active she has ever been. I have heard that keeping crickets in at all times can be bad becausein rare instances the crickets can do harm to the tarantula's eyes.
       
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      I have not heard that but I will look into it.
       
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      I also heard on a different forum about crickets chewing off legs of Ts ... dunno if it's true or not though
       
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      The stories I heard about MAY have been about younger tarantulas- I can't exactly remember, but they did come from a reputable source.
       
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      I waited a couple days, and she still won't eat. She is starving herself to death. I don't think she has eaten in quite a few months.
       
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      I have an anorexic tarantula.
       
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      that sucks man, I have not clue when it comes to spiders....but maybe like a warm misting to simulate a rain or something would perk her up. Please do not flame me if that is nuts haha
       
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      I tried telling her she looks good with a few curves, but she's in a mood
       

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