Well, it’s just about the end of week two for Aragog and she still hasn’t eaten. I have been offering her food three times a week (MWF) to no avail.
Today is no different than the others.
What does she do? She runs away from the cricket. Should I be worried?
Actually, it’s normal for tarantulas to go awhile without eating. There are multiple reasons for this.
- She is going to molt. — When a tarantula is preparing to molt (or shed it’s exoskeleton), it will stop eating for a few days up to a few months!
- She might not be comfortable in her environment. — Aragog still may not be adjusted to her area, so that can also prevent her from eating. (She is not in danger, though.)
- It’s winter! — Wintertime temperatures are quickly approaching and tarantulas typically eat less during the winter months.
So, I guess there is nothing to worry about, as long as she doesn’t show signs of losing weight and she still has fresh water available daily. I’ll just keep being a good hostess and offering food on a regular basis. 🙂
**Tarantula Fun Fact of the Day: Tarantulas periodically shed their external skeletons in a process called molting. In the process, they also replace internal organs, such as female genitalia and stomach lining, and even regrow lost appendages. (http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/bugs/tarantula/)