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    Thread: What is Nematodes?

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      What is Nematodes?

      I have heard multiple people discuss losing some if not all of their t's to Nematodes, what are they, and how can a tarantula pick up this deadly parasite??

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      Nematodes are worms. I think they are round worms. Many types are harmless, and I bet you would find some under a microscope from a sample of dirt from your yard.

      But there are some called parasitic nematodes that can wreak havoc on an entire invertebrate collection. Not something to mess with.

      These generally come in through other infected inverts, on rare occasion through feeders. A good reason to buy your feeders (or breed them yourself from store-bought) rather than collect them from the wild.

      They manifest themselves in a T through the mouth. The T will have a sloppy, creamy mess on the red hairs around the mouth. And I think the T generally gets quite lethargic.

      Don't mistake the bright white they can sometimes get, that, as far as I know, is poo. Do they re-ingest their own poo? I am not sure how that works.

      There are treatments that can be done, if caught early enough, but I need to go find that again.

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      Toss the male in, take him out of the water dish in bolus form the next day.

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      Thank you so much for the information!!!

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