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A. geniculata pre-molt.

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by mconnachan, Jun 29, 2017.

  1. mconnachan

    mconnachan Arachnoangel Active Member

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    I offered an appropriate sized dubia to my new A. geniculata, well it didn't want to know, the following day(today)I checked on it - first signs of pre-molt, darkening abdomen, just started, but what I'm wondering is - Would you offer any more prey items or just leave it to get on with whatever it's up to, it's abdomen is very plump, so there's no chance it's hungry, what are your thoughts.
     
  2. KezyGLA

    KezyGLA Arachnoprince Active Member

    If it aint eating, it aint hungry. You can count on that for sure with A. genic.

    Plus the premoult signs are there. Waste of effort trying to feed to be honest.
     
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  3. mconnachan

    mconnachan Arachnoangel Active Member

    Just had a quick look - it's abdomen has darkened considerably since this morning, from being slightly dark nearest the carapace to black al over, now that was fast.
     
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  4. Moakmeister

    Moakmeister Arachnobaron Active Member

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    Never put food into a molting tarantula's enclosure. The tarantula will get eaten.
     
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  5. darkness975

    darkness975 A Dream Within a Dream Arachnosupporter

    I would not be concerned then. Especially because the abdomen is plenty plump. Let it do its thing and be prepared for the Post molt apocalyptic appetite ;)

    Keep the water dish full.
     
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  6. jaycied

    jaycied Arachnosquire Active Member

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    As soon as my genic stops taking food I leave her alone. Means a molt is imminent. Usually she stops taking food, the next day her abdomen is darkened, then 2 or 3 days after that she has new clothes.
     
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  7. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnoknight Active Member

    The only time a genic refuses food is when its in premoult/postmoult.
     
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  8. mconnachan

    mconnachan Arachnoangel Active Member

    The abdomen is starting to get shiny now, that's 12 hours since I noticed a slight darkening of the abdomen and now it looks like it may molt in the next 24 hours, maybe longer, but it's definitely imminent. Thanks @The Grym Reaper
     
  9. Moakmeister

    Moakmeister Arachnobaron Active Member

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    Post some pictures. Gray=premolt, purpleish=super heavy premolt.
     
  10. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnoknight Active Member

    They usually make a moulting mat 24hrs before flipping over, it'll probably be within the next week or so
     
  11. Moakmeister

    Moakmeister Arachnobaron Active Member

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    A molt mat is usually made very shortly before flipping. Sometimes the genic will actually flip immediately after finishing the mat, as in this video
     
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  12. JoshDM020

    JoshDM020 Arachnoknight Active Member

    My genic is a wee little baby, so the darkening is very obvious, but youre right about it being quick. Last time mine molted, id checked on her, saw a slight black line down the middle (which has returned), left for 30 minutes, came back to a molted spider. Speedy little guys for sure.
     
  13. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnoknight Active Member

    Well, speaking from experience, they usually make the mat 24-48hrs in advance, they might add some finishing touches like an extra layer of silk followed by kicking off any remaining urticating setae shortly before actually flipping over to moult.

    This was taken on the evening of 9th January, you can see she's already kicked off a load of hairs, she flipped and moulted on the morning of the 10th.
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    My L. difficilis, this was taken 19/10/16, she started making it the day before, she flipped at lunch time on the 20th
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    My G. pulchripes, G. iheringi, Lasiodora parahybana and B. hamorii juveniles have all built theirs around 24hrs in advance, probably some of my other terrestrials too but they either tend to moult in their burrows or are a GBB which perpetually webs up everything it sees.
     
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  14. mconnachan

    mconnachan Arachnoangel Active Member

    I don't want disturb her as she's heavy into her pre-molt, I'll post pics once she's molted, wouldn't want to disturb the process, it's draining enough already for the spider, but yeah once she's finished I'll certainly show her off, with her new clothes,(I'm saying her, but I'll know for sure after this molt I would assume.)
     
  15. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoprince Active Member

    Correction: don't disturb a molting tarantula. Or, if you meant pre-molt: don't put LIVE food in an enclosure with a spider in heavy pre-molt. ;)
    Stay focussed, young padawan...
     
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  16. mconnachan

    mconnachan Arachnoangel Active Member

    Agreed, since the A. geniculata started it's heavy pre-molt, the only times I've disturbed it was to replenish water supplies, other than that I always leave well alone, of course checking regularly as with all my T's, but not over anxious as some keepers are, they do know what they're doing after all, far better than we do!
     
  17. mconnachan

    mconnachan Arachnoangel Active Member

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    Here's my A. geniculata, still in pre-molt, but looking very dark and shiny, shouldn't be long now, how much size would I expect to see from this sp. at 2"+, maybe an inch.
     
  18. JoshDM020

    JoshDM020 Arachnoknight Active Member

    Yeah, they put on a lot of size with each molt. My sling molted last night and im fairly certain she doubled. You can probably expect anywhere between half an inch to one inch growth
     
  19. mconnachan

    mconnachan Arachnoangel Active Member

    That's what I thought with such a fast growing species, great news, like a big monster eating machine, I miss my LP from years back, he was the true demon, attacked everything, largest locusts were his favourite, looking forward to this big guy/gal becoming an eating legend.
     
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  20. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnoknight Active Member

    Maybe half inch to an inch, not sure at that size, my female was a little over 4" when I got her, first exuvia was 5", second was 6"