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junshern222
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PostSubject: how to deal with wild caught specimen?   7/27/2009, 10:56 am

recently i have purchased this tarantula from a friend,which was a wild caught specimen,from thailand according to the supplier.the tarantula dont really do well in captivity,being a burrower,i expect her to burrow or staying on subatrate,instead she stayed at the corner of the top of the guppy tank.any idea from u guys to make her settle down?she was not eating too since i got her.i tried prekilled crickets.i need some advice from friends here who tried before keeping wild caught specimens,thanks Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: how to deal with wild caught specimen?   7/27/2009, 11:06 am

Just leave her be to settle in, Haplopelma quite often climb to start with, my H.lividum lived in the corner of her tank for a few days before she dissapeared under the substrate lol
Aslong as the substrate isnt too damp or too dry you should be fine
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PostSubject: Re: how to deal with wild caught specimen?   7/27/2009, 11:09 am

do you see any premoult sign from the photo above lycanlord?
cause im thinking of trying her with live crickets.
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PostSubject: Re: how to deal with wild caught specimen?   7/27/2009, 3:13 pm

Doesnt look like pre molt to me no, Her abdomen looks normal live crickets will be fine.
May I ask why you were offering pre kill?
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PostSubject: Re: how to deal with wild caught specimen?   7/27/2009, 8:35 pm

Most Ts won't take prekilled that I'm aware of. Give it a few days to get settled in and then try.

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PostSubject: Re: how to deal with wild caught specimen?   7/28/2009, 9:57 am

some T's take carrion...but yeah the movement is usually what draws them.
i've had success with spiderlings on prekilled prey but don't usually try with adults.
apparently pre-killed maggots are fine though for most T's, i *think*
yuck though Smile

anyways to do with this spider, she looks pretty well, yeah let her settle in for a bit...feeding a few crickets might stimulate her to eat and thus lay some silk down. i have a slight theory that this may aid their settling in period, because they've already laid some silk, so it starts to "smell" (wrong word!) like home. pardon the slight anthropomorphisation there, but i think the analogy holds in this case.

so yeah, try some live! she'll probably feel alot more settled with a full belly and some familiar silk under her!

...and then she'll dig and you won't see her for months haha! gotta love the pet holes Wink
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PostSubject: Re: how to deal with wild caught specimen?   7/28/2009, 10:37 am

haha,i wish i could see pet holes.. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: how to deal with wild caught specimen?   7/28/2009, 4:06 pm

Mr. Mordax wrote:
Most Ts won't take prekilled that I'm aware of. Give it a few days to get settled in and then try.
I agree with Mike, but that is only going by my experiece with keep T's. All of mine hadn't taken pre-kill from what i can recall,excapt slings

That H. a you have sure looks good to me. I wish i still had my male.
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