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Old 16-04-2017, 07:07 PM
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So I've been reading one of my books on Tarantulas (Tarantulas & Scorpions in Captivity - Russ Gurley) and it mentions several times about feeding the occasional pinky to certain species of adult Tarantula or to adult females in preperation for breeding.

I haven't really heard much about pinkies being fed to Tarantulas, apart from the occasional YouTube video (and YouTube isn't always the perfect place for an accurate care guide...)

Do any of you guys feed your T's pinkies, or something similar? What are your thoughts on it?
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Old 16-04-2017, 10:20 PM
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There is nothing wrong with it but IMHO it is a pointless exercise as insects can and do provide a nutritional balanced diet (and insects are much cheaper.

The main reason why i dont is the aftermath of putrid food bolas that will stink the house out and attract Phorid flies if not immediately removed.

Im lazy in that i open the tub and drop in varying amounts of red runner cockroaches and then forget them. No need to worry about of the spider is in premoult etc if the RR are still there in 2-4 weeks later when i check then they are removed and the spider is not fed for several weeks/months or until it moults.
This is something that i couldnt do if i fed the spider rodents
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Certainly won't do anything harm. I fed my adult Theraphosa Stirmi a fish once. Took her over 24hrs to eat it and then was right for ages.




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There is nothing wrong with it but IMHO it is a pointless exercise as insects can and do provide a nutritional balanced diet (and insects are much cheaper.

The main reason why i dont is the aftermath of putrid food bolas that will stink the house out and attract Phorid flies if not immediately removed...
Yeah, that's a fair point haha.

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Certainly won't do anything harm. I fed my adult Theraphosa Stirmi a fish once. Took her over 24hrs to eat it and then was right for ages.
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My T's never touched anything that wasn't alive, I never actually tried but I wouldn't want to tbh for reasons stated. I want a nice easy job feeding and cleaning up
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My T's never touched anything that wasn't alive, I never actually tried but I wouldn't want to tbh for reasons stated. I want a nice easy job feeding and cleaning up
This.
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Certainly won't do anything harm. I fed my adult Theraphosa Stirmi a fish once. Took her over 24hrs to eat it and then was right for ages.

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What amazes me there is that the bones and everything are gone. Not just the meat, just a sack of scales left at the end!
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Old 20-04-2017, 08:55 AM
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Some of the 'old timers' may remember the name Robert Bustard?

I know he used to feed his Tarantulas mice on a fairly regular basis and his grew to fairly sizable proportions.
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What amazes me there is that the bones and everything are gone. Not just the meat, just a sack of scales left at the end!
Yeah me too.
How are they able to eat, break down bones, especially the fish? Not the easiest of things to eat I wouldn't have thought... especially with only two fangs? Are the inner mouth parts only soft tissue?
Do you feed live rodents (not for me, I might add) or dead thawed food?
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Yeah me too.
How are they able to eat, break down bones, especially the fish? Not the easiest of things to eat I wouldn't have thought... especially with only two fangs? Are the inner mouth parts only soft tissue?
Do you feed live rodents (not for me, I might add) or dead thawed food?
There is absolutely no need to feed live vertebrates.
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