What is proper feeding time/schedule for a tarantula?
November 15, 2006 10:55pm CST
I have had a Chilean Rose for 6 years, and have fed her at random for six years. About every 2 or 3 days I would take a cricket and feed her. She usually eats, and has gone several weeks without eating. She has molted a few times, without a specific pattern to the time between molts etc. About 1 year ago she slowed down her eating, hardcore. I responded by feeding her less often since, she would practically let crickets die in her habitat, before even trying to give them the time of day. My question stems from the concern that my spider may not be getting a steady feeding schedule, or regimen of food. I would like to get some info on, other people's feeding schedules, if any.
• United States
9 Jan 07
I feed my tarantula once every week with 6 medium crickets. I used to have three and feed them all the same. I think by feeding her you are taking the excitment of the actuall hunt. My tarantulas used to love hunting the crickets and still do. You should just dump them in the cage with her but also watch to make sure they are not eating her. Spiders are very weak and can get hurt very easily. She might also be tired of the crickets. Have you tried anything else? Maybe black crickets or meal worms? Where do you get your crickets? This can all play a factor in it. You never never want to feed a pet tarantula anything from outside as it might have poisons on it or in its system, only get your feeders from a trusted pet store. The molting sounds normal. You can expect it about twice a year till she gets older then it will slow down to about once a year. Hope this helps you, sorry it took so long to find your post.