It has been about 1 month since Champignon’s last substantial feed.
My +- 5 year old Hairyback Tarantula, huddles close to her rock, hungry, watching my movements, awaiting a snack, or a meal.
In the last month I have fed her 2 small moths, and have been on high alert for ghekos, flying ants, cockroaches, christmas beetles, frogs, locusts etc.
Of late, we have had so much wind in sunny Durban, South Africa, that most of these creatures have been so scarce.
Finally, last night, a gheko, captured and contained in Umhlanga.
Both gheko and spider are on high alert!
Stalking, level 2
She knows her prey is larger than normal, and approaches with caution.
Stalking, level 8
Stalking, level 100 achieved!
And, dinner is served!
First paralyzing her supper, she then rolls it into position…
She turns around, and begins to move to a comfortable eating spot.
Normally, she heads to the back of the tank, but this time, she takes an alternative route.
I have never seen her go this way…
She climbs the waterbowl
The gheko’s tail remained in tact, which is unusual
She lingers over the waterbowl for a minute or two.
She carries her dinner to the back of the tank, the usual dinner table area, and begins her meal.
One happy baby!
This morning, 25 October 2013, she was still eating. Compare abdomen size in the below and the first photo of the post.