Can I feed my tarantula dead crickets?

Answered by John Hunt

Feeding your tarantula dead crickets is a viable option, especially if your tarantula is a baby or juvenile. Baby tarantulas are sometimes more willing to scavenge on dead insects rather than actively hunt live prey. So if your crickets are too big for your tarantula to handle, you can simply cut them into appropriately sized portions. This ensures that your little tarantula can consume the cricket without any risk of injury or stress.

When it comes to serving size, it’s important to consider the size of your tarantula. If you have a larger tarantula, you can serve up to four small crickets at a time. However, if your tarantula is smaller, it’s best to stick to one or two crickets per feeding. Remember, it’s always better to underfeed than overfeed, as overfeeding can lead to obesity and other health issues in tarantulas.

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s delve into the details. When feeding your tarantula dead crickets, it’s important to ensure that the crickets are fresh and not spoiled. Spoiled crickets can harbor bacteria and parasites that can be harmful to your tarantula. You can easily acquire dead crickets from pet stores or online suppliers that specialize in reptile and insect feeders.

If you have live crickets that you want to use as feeders but they are too big for your tarantula, you can euthanize them yourself. There are several humane methods for euthanizing crickets, such as placing them in the freezer or using carbon dioxide gas. This ensures a quick and painless death for the crickets before offering them to your tarantula.

To serve the dead crickets to your tarantula, you can simply place them in the enclosure and let your tarantula find and consume them at its own pace. It’s important to remove any uneaten crickets after a few hours to prevent spoilage and to maintain a clean environment for your tarantula.

One thing to keep in mind is that while some tarantulas may readily accept dead crickets, others may prefer live prey. It’s always a good idea to observe your tarantula’s feeding behavior and adjust accordingly. If your tarantula shows no interest in the dead crickets, you may need to switch to live prey or try offering different types of food, such as mealworms or roaches.

Feeding your tarantula dead crickets is a suitable option, especially for baby tarantulas. By cutting the crickets into appropriate portions and serving them in moderation, you can provide a nutritious meal for your tarantula without the need for live prey. Just remember to always prioritize the health and well-being of your tarantula by ensuring the crickets are fresh and removing any uneaten food promptly.