How to feed a tarantula


Why don't you eat?

Well, first of all you should ask yourself the following questions:

a) Are you fat or thin?

As a general rule, a tarantula is considered to have an "ideal weight" when the abdomen is slightly larger than its cephalothorax, if it is inferior, it is considered to be somewhat thin. In some terrestrial species it can be tolerated that the abdomen is 1/2 larger than the cephalothorax, but it is generally important that they be maintained in adequate proportions.

- THIN : If in any case the tarantula decreases the size of your abdomen to less than half that the cephalothorax we should worry, since it is extremely thin and if you do not eat you have to look for possible causes of it:

1. The tarantula is an adult male.

In this case, it is normal, since adult males will rarely eat and their mission will be only and exclusively that of finding a female to mate, consuming more and more until they die. To know if your tarantula is male, consult the following link: Sexed.

2. The tarantula has just come out of a molt.

If this has happened, it is completely normal, since when a tarantula moves, it stops eating for a season until she considers that it is completely dry to be able to hunt for food.

When the tarantulas change, their skin is soft and they are very vulnerable, so it is highly recommended and of vital importance that we do not offer our specimen any type of food until after a reasonable time so that your exoskeleton has dried completely.

As a general rule, for lings a week is fine, for juveniles about 15 days and for subadults and adults about 20 days. The weather is perhaps somewhat elongated, but personally I prefer to wait a few more days to not annoy it, since in the case that it was not dry yet, we can cause serious injuries that can lead to the death of the specimen or useless limbs such as legs, pedipalpos and fangs.

If any step of the previous ones has been done wrong and food has been offered to her while she did not want it, it may have caused stress, and it is most likely that she will continue without eating, if this happens, we will leave her very quiet for a week without just bother her and we will try to offer her a dam after this time has passed.

If everything is done well, after the drying time has passed, the tarantula will receive the food with impetuous desire and will gradually gain weight. There we will try to keep it with a "normal weight".


For more information about the change, visit this link: Change.

3. The tarantula suffers from stress, dehydration or other diseases.

It is vitally important to know how we have to keep our specimen, providing its terrarium with elements that make it appear in the best possible way to its natural habitat, this will require an adequate temperature and humidity, a suitable substrate, adequate decoration etc. Otherwise, our animal could get stressed and stop eating. A habit of excessive manipulation, noises and abundant vibrations in the terrarium or room, offering a lot of food at once or not withdrawing food that is not hunted can be clear causes of stress in our tarantula, so it is essential to do everything right.

There are species that tend to stress easily and that is why we must always know what species it is in order to give it what it needs.

To know how you should treat your species of tarantula visit this link: Care records.

What to say about water, it is important for any living being and that is why in our terrarium you can never miss a dish of water not too deep for you to drink. This water must always be clean, otherwise we can create a focus of diseases.

In the case of the diseases that our beloved animals can suffer, it is something that we must take great care of and often observe our specimens. Improper maintenance and poor cleaning of the terrarium can cause such evils, so we must always clean the remains of food and feces if possible from the terrariums of our tarantulas. If a tarantula has any disease, it will almost certainly stop eating and if it does not, it will end up doing so, since The appetite of our specimen is and will always be a clear sign of your state of health. For more information about diseases visit this link: Diseases, problems and injuries.

- GORDA OR IN THE "IDEAL WEIGHT" : When a tarantula on the other hand has no symptoms of thinness and does not eat, it can be due to the following causes:

1. She is satiated and decides to take a fast:

If a tarantula is fed very frequently, it usually happens that it reaches a state in which it does not want more food, in this case, the tarantula will be locked in or simply a fast will be taken that will last what it deems pertinent, we should not be impatient in this period, as this will cause stress. What we must do is wait a month or so and try each week to see if it accepts food. After accepting it we must control your diet more, since A case of obesity in a tarantula can end the rupture of the abdomen due to a fall or poor posture, which would cause the specimen to die without remedies.

Tarantulas are animals with a fairly slow metabolism as a general rule and thanks to this they can endure some species for up to a year without eating and without any problem. Although normally if they are offered prey in a shorter period of time they will gladly accept them.

As a general rule, it is said that an adult tarantula eats about two medium dams (the size of an adult cricket) about two or three times a week, this means that every time we feed it we will give it two dams, although it can also be One without any problem. The lings can easily eat a dam a little smaller than them once daily until they gain weight and then move, although it will also depend on the species, since there are some that fast and do not necessarily find themselves molting.

2. It is in the process of molting:

When a tarantula decides that it is time to move, it will stop eating a season earlier. We will see that she is fat and that the abdomen or the clear parts of chitin will begin to darken little by little. This process is delicate and when so, we will stop offering food until the whole process is finished, including drying the exoskeleton. Pre-Muda fasting can last as long as it deems appropriate, from months to a few days. The younger the specimens, the less they usually take, although it is a fact that is also influenced by the species. To know more about the change: The molt.

3. The tarantula suffers from stress, dehydration or other diseases.

It is possible that in the early stages of a disease or in a case of stress, the tarantula may be fat but does not eat, this will gradually degenerate into a thinness. This is the ideal time to treat it. For more info see section 3 of the previous point.

Crickets are the fundamental food in the tarantula diet

Tarantulas They are fascinating animals that eat insects and small mice. For a few years they have been marketing and have displaced the dog or cat as a companion animal for those who want to go one step further and have an exotic animal at home.

The films and urban legends have given the tarantula a halo of peligroso dangerous animal ’, its bite is said to be deadly but not so. It is painful, as if you were bitten by two small spiders, that does not mean we have to lower our guard. Tarantulas are climbers and try to escape from the terrarium.

When it comes to properly feeding our arachnid we must be very sure that the food has not been treated with insecticides and that it does not harm our tarantula. Bees, grasshoppers, wasps or ants are totally prohibited.

Tarantulas have a slow metabolism and they can eat little and, at the same time, binge. The staple of your diet is the live insects whose size should not be larger than a quarter of the size of the abdomen of the tarantula.

The best: the worms are cheap

Try to buy the dams a couple of hours before giving them to them. These animals are fed once a week and their food is cheap. Crickets are fundamental animals in their diet, also cockroaches although care must be taken that they do not escape. You may also be given worms that are sold as specific food for spiders.

The days before the intake of insects you can offer the tarantula vegetables and vegetables so you will vary your diet because it is not advisable to be fat.

I hope it rains worms and crickets

We already have the tarantula food but now how do we supply it? It is not about opening the lid and crickets and worms rain on the tarantula. You have to follow a few steps on how to feed a tarantula.

1. Before lifting the lid to introduce food, locate the tarantula in the terrarium. If it has climbed and is close to the lid you must push it with a stick so that it returns to the bottom.

2. Take a dam with tweezers and place it on the terrarium and close the lid. An adult tarantula eats between two and six crickets a week.

3. If the tarantula has not eaten all the prey, remove them from the terrarium the next day. With worms you have to be careful that they do not get between the ground and the tarantula passes from hunter to be hunted. They can leave the ground during the time of the spider's molt, when it is most vulnerable and attack it.

4. Try to feed your tarantula at night because they are nocturnal animals and never manipulate it while you are feeding it.

The tarantula is an animal that you can never punch like a kitten or play like with a dog. Observation is the strong point of these intimidating animals. Despite their bad reputation, partly because of their size, they are lonely. Black widows, for example, are smaller but more dangerous. Put a tarantula in your life and never leave the terrarium open.

How to feed a tarantula is a tip for Arachnids, and talks about Feeding.

What do tarantulas eat?

As we mentioned earlier, tarantulas are animals that they feed on insects, so the food will be relatively cheap. At the time of feeding, you must consider the size of the prey, this insect must be maximum 1/4 of the size of your tarantula.

Among the insects that are in the diet of tarantulas are crickets, cockroaches, lobsters, grasshoppers, worms, among others, however crickets are the preferred food. Something fundamental but no less important is to highlight that we should not offer as food animals that can harm your tarantula such as bees and wasps.

If you place the food and see that it does not devour it, remove it from the terrarium and wait a day to repeat the process, you may reject it again so you will have to wait longer to feed it. It may be that you are molting or simply have no appetite.

Remember that tarantulas eat once a week and can even fast, it is also important to keep in mind that insects have to be alive for your pet to devour them.

Very important: don't forget to put water so that the tarantula can drink, you can do this using a 1-inch high plastic bowl if it is an adult arachnid or depending on the size of your pet.

How to feed them?

The moment you go to feed your tarantula, the first thing you should do is locate it. If you see that the tarantula has climbed into the terrarium and is very close to the cover, you should gently push it with any instrument that serves you and that does not harm it.

Using tweezers, take one of the prey with which you will feed your spider and place it in the terrarium quickly. If your power supply is crickets, an adult tarantula consumes between two and six crickets a week.

If the tarantula does not consume everything, we must remove the prey and remains if possible. With worms, for example, care must be taken because they can excavate and subsequently attack the tarantula during its molting season. It is also good to remove the remains so that the terrarium is kept as clean as possible.

The best time to feed a tarantula is overnight, do not even think about manipulating it when it is feeding. Do not forget to close the lid when you do the whole process, since it can escape when you least expect it.