Feeding a small T

Feeding a small T

Postby Zohar » Wed Oct 09, 2013 1:17 pm

How do I go about feeding a .5cm orange tree spider? I cut a piece of a mealworm and dropped in into the vial but the spider stays at the top of the vial, I doubt it knows that it has food. Can a feed ordinary black ants that I find around the house? They move around continuously so it might get the spiders attention. Any help will be appreciated.
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Re: Feeding a small T

Postby deonkwagga » Wed Oct 09, 2013 1:34 pm

Ants will not do...Best is to get the small Pin head crickets. Ants will unfortunately shred your spidey.
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Re: Feeding a small T

Postby Primogen » Wed Oct 09, 2013 1:37 pm

You can also try fruit flys, just place a piece of apple or banana in a jar with some holes in the top and wait an hour or two there will be loads of them.
Its how iv'e been feeding my baby mantids.
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Re: Feeding a small T

Postby cascade » Wed Oct 09, 2013 1:46 pm

I would stay away from ants, the ants might have picked up or walked through pesticides and the ants will be far too small for 5cm spider.

I would advise you to get crickets or roaches, you will have more chance of your spider catching and eating the prey item.

If the spider has constructed a home then you can drop the prey item into the entrance of the burrow.
You can do this with the mealworm just have to drop it right by the spider and leave it overnight.

but again I would advise to feed live prey items, like crickets and roaches.
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Re: Feeding a small T

Postby deonkwagga » Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:00 pm

he said 0.5 Tarantula! lol :)
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Re: Feeding a small T

Postby cascade » Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:09 pm

deonkwagga wrote:he said 0.5 Tarantula! lol :)


Ahh, yes I see the point. :D
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Re: Feeding a small T

Postby it_bit_me » Thu Oct 10, 2013 1:41 pm

Just close the lid on half a mealworm.
If I'm gonna be an old, lonely man, I'm gonna need a thing, you know, a hook, like that guy on the subway who eats his own face. So I figure I'll be Crazy Man with a Snake, y'know. Crazy Snake Man. And I'll get more snakes, call them my babies, kids won't walk past my place, they will run. "Run away from Crazy Snake Man, " they'll shout!”
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Re: Feeding a small T

Postby Rabid.Evo8691 » Thu Oct 10, 2013 6:59 pm

Lobster roaches. Nymphs
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Re: Feeding a small T

Postby cascade » Thu Oct 10, 2013 11:08 pm

The advice I have given above applies to smaller spiders as well.

I would say giving the sling Live food has more chance of attracting attention to itself by movement, eventually the sling will feel the vibrations of something tugging on it webbing and go down to investigate, if it is the vials I'm thinking of there is not much space for the prey item to get away.

If you have a small pair of tweezers you can drop the prey item directly in front of the sling or touch the front legs and the sling should take the prey item.


I normally re-house eggs with legs to first instr in their own deli cups and I have not had any issue with them not finding the prey item.
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Re: Feeding a small T

Postby Zohar » Fri Oct 11, 2013 1:12 pm

Seems like my idea to feed the small black ants worked! It took all of a half second for the tiny T to catch the ant.
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Re: Feeding a small T

Postby cascade » Fri Oct 11, 2013 1:15 pm

Well done, you don't know if you don't try.
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Re: Feeding a small T

Postby it_bit_me » Fri Oct 11, 2013 7:09 pm

cascade wrote:
If you have a small pair of tweezers you can drop the prey item directly in front of the sling or touch the front legs and the sling should take the prey item.

Good advice.
They have a spot they will favour.
If I'm gonna be an old, lonely man, I'm gonna need a thing, you know, a hook, like that guy on the subway who eats his own face. So I figure I'll be Crazy Man with a Snake, y'know. Crazy Snake Man. And I'll get more snakes, call them my babies, kids won't walk past my place, they will run. "Run away from Crazy Snake Man, " they'll shout!”
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Re: Feeding a small T

Postby Zohar » Sat Oct 12, 2013 9:39 am

it_bit_me wrote:
cascade wrote:
If you have a small pair of tweezers you can drop the prey item directly in front of the sling or touch the front legs and the sling should take the prey item.

Good advice.
They have a spot they will favour.


I have tried all of this but it doesn't work. But it is catching the ants really fast and seems to be enjoying it.
Californian King Snake [Nagini]
Mexican Black King Snakes [Neraluna (Dark Moon); Matt]
Corn Snakes [Female Snow(Lilith); Female Strawberry Albino(Nagina); Male Blood Red (Adlai)]
Brown House Snake

Haitian Brown
Venezuelan Sun Tiger (Psalmopoeus irminia)
Green Bottle Blue
Trinidad Olive
Pumpkin Patch
Costa Rican Tiger Rump
Peruvian Dwarf Beauty
Fringed Ornamental
Orange Tree Spider
Violet Tree Spider

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Re: Feeding a small T

Postby cascade » Sun Oct 13, 2013 10:57 am

but have you tried crickets or reaches with the suggested method or have your only tried it with mealworms?
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