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lujor
08-29-2010, 4:33 PM
My very old tarantula just molted last night. I didn't think it would live thru the night, but it has. It fasted for quite a while before molting, and I am worried about it getting malnourished. Its abdomen shrunk and it hasn't spun oreven moved around much. How long should I wait for it to recover from the molt before I offer crickets?

snakeguy101
08-29-2010, 8:09 PM
how old is it? I have a pair (or what I thought was a pair) of 2 males that are 100% mature and knocking on deaths door right now to. I keep crickets in with them all the time but even still they have tiny abdomens and will not make a web. sort of sad...

to answer your question though, I would say a day to let the fangs re harden. Good luck!

lujor
08-29-2010, 8:43 PM
Not exactly sure how old as she's a rescue. At least 15years. This is the longest she has ever fasted, and it's also the least active she has ever been. I have heard that keeping crickets in at all times can be bad becausein rare instances the crickets can do harm to the tarantula's eyes.

snakeguy101
08-29-2010, 8:54 PM
Not exactly sure how old as she's a rescue. At least 15years. This is the longest she has ever fasted, and it's also the least active she has ever been. I have heard that keeping crickets in at all times can be bad becausein rare instances the crickets can do harm to the tarantula's eyes.
I have not heard that but I will look into it.

sidneymysnake
08-29-2010, 8:58 PM
I also heard on a different forum about crickets chewing off legs of Ts ... dunno if it's true or not though

lujor
08-29-2010, 10:07 PM
The stories I heard about MAY have been about younger tarantulas- I can't exactly remember, but they did come from a reputable source.

lujor
08-31-2010, 5:26 PM
I waited a couple days, and she still won't eat. She is starving herself to death. I don't think she has eaten in quite a few months.

lujor
08-31-2010, 5:27 PM
I have an anorexic tarantula.

kevinfleming21
08-31-2010, 5:29 PM
that sucks man, I have not clue when it comes to spiders....but maybe like a warm misting to simulate a rain or something would perk her up. Please do not flame me if that is nuts haha

lujor
08-31-2010, 8:51 PM
I tried telling her she looks good with a few curves, but she's in a mood

LRM
09-01-2010, 7:00 AM
Crickets can and will go after your spiders, scorpions, centipedes etc after they have molted because they are so soft and vulnerable. I know this from first hand experience and if you visit arachnoboards.com you can see pictures of the carnage a single cricket can do. Crickets can be downright nasty so you don't want to leave them in the tank if you even suspect a molt is coming.

Sounds to me like you have a rose hair, am I correct? If so I wouldn't worry at all. Even if you don't, old tarantulas can go premolt and refuse food up to 5months before molting. They won't even think about feeding after that until they have hardened again and that can be weeks. Just make sure it has water, it at the right temps has the appropriate humidity and leave it alone. Also, it needs a place to hide if it is an arboreal, (corckbark tubes work great) or at least 6"-12" of substrate to dig its own retreat in if its a terrestrial. Otherwise it is going to stress out. A happy tarantula is one that has a snug, tight fitting retreat.

Best advice, and this comes from me keeping over 400 tarantulas and breeding 3 species for the past 6 years, make sure their home is right and leave them alone. Most of the time they are a pet hole. Thats what makes them happy.

gigas12
09-01-2010, 1:46 PM
Hi,good advice LRM!

katschamne
09-01-2010, 6:13 PM
LRM I was going to say make sure it has water. In fact that is the most important. That and the fact it may take a week or longer for the fangs to harden. When they first molt the fangs are white. You may safely feed once the fangs turn black. The larger the tarantula the longer it takes to harden.

I also have see what a cricket can do to a tarantula and even other reptiles when they are left in the cage if the animal doesn't eat it. When we feed, we recheck the cages the next day and remove any uneaten crickets.



Best advice, and this comes from me keeping over 400 tarantulas and breeding 3 species for the past 6 years, make sure their home is right and leave them alone. Most of the time they are a pet hole. That's what makes them happy.

And I thought my husband was bad. We stopped counting at 150 and that number was reached sometime last year. We also have 9 different species of scorpions (although I don't the exact number of the scorpions ) and this has been in a little over 3 years

lujor
09-02-2010, 1:04 PM
Yup. Rose Hair. No white fangs tho- lighter than usual but still maroon-brown. Hidey-holle and water always available. Pretty high humidity (no problem with molt)- tarantula is in same room as my fish tanks. They are resiliant things. Marvels of evolution, really. Thanks for the tips.

LRM
09-02-2010, 9:27 PM
Yup. Rose Hair. No white fangs tho- lighter than usual but still maroon-brown. Hidey-holle and water always available. Pretty high humidity (no problem with molt)- tarantula is in same room as my fish tanks. They are resiliant things. Marvels of evolution, really. Thanks for the tips.
Rosies are notorious for behaving strangely. They don't need much humidity though, in fact they are an arid land species.

lujor
09-03-2010, 1:31 PM
Rosies are notorious for behaving strangely. They don't need much humidity though, in fact they are an arid land species.

Humidity does help with the molt tho doesnt it?

katschamne
09-04-2010, 9:16 AM
Humidity helps right before they molt and after water to hydrate is needed. LRM is right that they come from a very arid climate and if you ever had the substrate really moist you will have them climbing walls and sitting on top of hides until it drys out. It's like they don't want their toes wet.

Our male just recently passed on. He has been a mature male for the past two years and he went to molt and didn't make it though it. *****RIP Fluffy*****

chloe
09-04-2010, 10:54 AM
I tried telling her she looks good with a few curves, but she's in a mood

she prob thinks your trying to call her fat lol

katschamne
09-04-2010, 9:33 PM
Yup. Rose Hair. No white fangs tho- lighter than usual but still maroon-brown. Hidey-holle and water always available. Pretty high humidity (no problem with molt)- tarantula is in same room as my fish tanks. They are resiliant things. Marvels of evolution, really. Thanks for the tips.

I forgot if her fangs are maroon-brown, wait on feeding her for another week. She will be fine then offer her food.