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Old 10-30-2013, 08:56 AM   #11 
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I don't understand what you all think might happen. It ate a spider - they eat insects, so I'm sure spiders are on the menu too. Legs and all However, I think you did the right thing removing the legs. It's not disturbing.
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:44 PM   #12 
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Jaysee, I think most people are disturbed by the fact that the op cut the legs off a live spider beforehand. A lot of people know insects are fine for bettas, as they are insectivores, but maybe there was some concern for the betta if the spider was too large for its mouth and was then bitten? Or maybe, due to the volume of people with insect/arachnid related phobias there was a general feeling of Nope in the responses. I wouldn't take it too literally.
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:48 PM   #13 
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My guy ate a misquito that made the mistake of going in his water...It was fun to watch.
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Old 10-30-2013, 01:17 PM   #14 
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I think I'm probably the only person who's first reaction was "Poor spider!" lol
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Old 10-30-2013, 02:28 PM   #15 
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I think I'm probably the only person who's first reaction was "Poor spider!" lol
yep, you're the only one xD
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I think I'm probably the only person who's first reaction was "Poor spider!" lol
Nope, that was my first thought too.
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Old 10-30-2013, 04:14 PM   #17 
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I think I'm probably the only person who's first reaction was "Poor spider!" lol
Not the only one!!
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Old 11-01-2013, 12:25 PM   #18 
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LOL, kind of a harsh way to go for the spider but I'm sure the betta loved it. I think I did the same thing a while back with a small black ant but I left it's legs attached...it didn't stand a chance O_O

Despite the spider's torturous demise I'd also be afraid the legs would be too large for the betta to swallow so I think you had the right idea.
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Old 11-01-2013, 02:31 PM   #19 
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Blehhhh I hate spiders. Yuck now I can't get that icky feeling off.

Anyway, I think the risk with feeding insects that you haven't cultured yourself is that they might be carrying some disease or parasite that you don't know about. But like everyone said, Betta in the wild eat wild insects so he should be fine. I'd also say it depends on the type of spider since some may have venom that might not be dangerous to humans but to smaller animals?

Just going off logic here, though honestly there shouldn't be much to worry about. My kitties eat spiders all day and I can't stop them from doing it >.>
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