Its been quite some time since Champignon’s last feed.
My now about 4 year old female hairyback tarantula is hungry.
I have always preferred to feed my Champignon natural, wild food.
The winter cold has driven all ghekos, locusts and cockroaches into hiding.
I went to the pet store, Natures Petland, at the Crescent in Umhlanga, Durban, South Africa.
Tarantulas are not known to eat fully grown mice, only hairless babies (known as pinkies).
There is a severe scarcity of live pinkies in Durban.
Champignon is however used to large meals, and quite enjoys a mouse once a year.
I picked the smallest mouse I could find.
The wretched mouse was not in the tank even two seconds and Champignon was on the hunt.
Stalking, level 13.
She pounced on the mouse, a struggle ensued, but the mouse does not stand a chance against the venom of the hairyback tarantula.
She was in such a position that I could see the eye of the almost dead mouse.
As I looked into the creatures eye, I could see the life drain out of him as the venom struck its fatal blow.
She waits for the full and final effects of the poison to take effect.
A couple of position changes before she begins to “slime it up”, preparing her victim for digestion.
This morning, she was still in the sliming process.
The mouse is almost ready to be consumed.
I covered the tank this morning, as Champignon naturally prefers the darkness while enjoying a meal.
One happy baby 🙂