View Full Version : M. innata eating

05-29-2008, 10:35 PM
Hi all,

Here are a couple pics of my new M. innata, eating! I love these guys, they are so photogenic. i decided to try them with prekilled crickets, both happily took them. I also put in some alfalfa sprouts which i believe they have eaten a bit of.

eating a cricket:





05-29-2008, 10:38 PM
man those are the coolest bugs i've ever seen!!!!!! they look so fake!

Alberta Bred Geckos
05-29-2008, 11:31 PM
Odd looking buggies for sure :) I'm surprised they eat alfalfa tho?

05-29-2008, 11:43 PM
intriguing inverts.. still remind me of crabs for some reason

05-29-2008, 11:44 PM
Great shots, I'm kicking myself for not picking some of those guys up.

nox invictus profundum
05-30-2008, 04:07 AM
I got some interesting footage last night of mine chasing down and eating a live 2 week..... I was under the impression that they didnt eat live prey, but they do!! I love these wierd little bugs!!

05-30-2008, 09:53 AM
How do they disable the crickets? Or do they just hold them and start eating?

05-30-2008, 05:12 PM
Odd looking buggies for sure :) I'm surprised they eat alfalfa tho?

it's that stuff you would find in the the fruits and veggies at a grocery store, here are a couple pics:



I just thought, "it's green and has good nutritional info, what the heck!"

they seem to have eaten a bit but since the crickets were pretty big considering their size they were probably already full.

Alberta Bred Geckos
05-30-2008, 05:15 PM
Oh I know what Alfalfa is LOL :P Alfalfa and peanut butter sandwiches rule :D I was just surprised they actually do eat it. Mind you I guess they are just a bug. Considered possibly planting some in the terrarium? Might be an idea, notsure how hard Alfalfa is to grow tho.

05-30-2008, 05:23 PM
MY bad, i read your post wrong, i read it as if you were confused by what it was:o i was thinking about growing it if my milli's like it as well, i just put some in with them so i'll see if they eat it.

05-30-2008, 05:39 PM
I love how they drag what they like under their hide, I think I need me more of these, hopefully Abraxas will have some luck breeding them, I would love to start a nice big group in a 10-20gallon.

nox invictus profundum
05-30-2008, 05:49 PM
How do they disable the crickets? Or do they just hold them and start eating?

Much the same way a tarantula does, they use their pedipals to subdue the crix, and also use their first pair of walking legs too. They must have some modicum of venom, as the cricket died shortly after being bitten. The amazing part is that the 2 "Chilean Red Devil Harvestmen" (AbraxasComplex came up with that one;)) shared the meal, and quite willingly it seems..... These bugs have caused quite the splash among the invert enthusiasts...

Alberta Bred Geckos
05-30-2008, 05:51 PM
They shared the meal? Interesting. That's kinda neat.

06-01-2008, 04:49 PM
They seem to do it all the time. Large groups also bundle into piles when they sleep. Every now and then they catch live crickets, but they usually miss.