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my tarantula is not eating what can i do!

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he is a mature rose hair tarantula from Chile i have had him for about 6 months he use to eat regularly he is not shedding he just wont eat i am worried
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  ChristineLVT replied 7 years ago.
Hi-
I'd like to try and help.
When was the last time he molted? How long has he not eaten?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
he's never molted since ive owned him and last ate just over 2 weeks ago and ive tried him with crikets every day HE just ignores them pleas help
Expert:  ChristineLVT replied 7 years ago.
Hi-
As long as his abdomen is rounded and not shrinking excessively, your tarantula is doing fine in its own mysterious way. These types of tarantulas are very mysterious and, as I've read, many spider experts like to call them "oddballs" that put their owners into unnecessary fear about their health.
Sometimes they stop eating for long periods of time, and then start eating again many months later. These behaviors are reported frequently. He could be perfectly healthy. Though stopping to eat usually signifies an upcoming molt, there are frequent times they dont: Sometimes they don't molt for as long as three years, though this is usually recorded in the females. (This doesn't happen in the wild- only in 'captivity').
Keep a good eye on him and if his abdomen does not seem to be 'disappearing' before your eyes, I would not worry.

Occassionally, you can try the following:they
will eat crickets, moths, beetle larvae (meal worms or superworms), houseflies and cockroaches. But don't try to force it. A good rule of thumb is to offer prey items that are about half the spider's size, although some tarantulas are aggressive eaters and will eat prey as large as themselves. Spiders, in general, will keep eating until they are full, approaching a molt, or ready to lay an egg sac. Care must be taken to remove any prey items that have not been eaten within 24 hours or so, as uneaten prey items can be stressful for the tarantula and have been known to damage them if left longer.

So basically, not eating for 2 weeks can signify either a molt is approaching or that you just have a typical oddball tarantula. They go onto their backs during a molt, so dont worry if this should occur. If he does not molt, just keep your eye on him, and if his belly is not 'melting away' on him, consider it normal behavior. I do hope i could help and shed light on this for you.
Good luck.

-christine

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
thank you for your reply but do you think the color of his exoskeleton which was pinkish and now is dark dose that mean somthing it dose not say somthing in my book about it thank you hunter chapman
Expert:  ChristineLVT replied 7 years ago.
It normally means that the male is molting for the final time, thus maturing, and the exoskeleton becomes darker.
I did a little searching to see if anything else came up on the color change like that, but it all related to molting, which is a good sign!

Thanks for the accept; sending this as an info request so you do not have to accept/pay again.

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
thank you i gave you a bonus because no one would help me with him and i love him very much     he's never bitten me or my dad thanks again    Hunter Chapman age 11
Expert:  ChristineLVT replied 7 years ago.
Best of luck! Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX'm glad i could help,
Christine

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