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A geniculata sling premolt?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Alvara1996, Jul 9, 2018.

  1. Alvara1996

    Alvara1996 Arachnopeon

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    I'm relatively new to the hobby (I've had a juvi B hamorii for nearly a year) and got my first slings last month (A genic, B albiceps, G actaeon) and now of course I'm wondering when they will molt... can anyone check this genic picture and tell me if she's getting close?

    I hadn't noticed the dark stripe on her opisthomona before, is that the start of premolt darkening? She is much less food aggressive at the moment, took her last cricket but only very slowly, not like her usual attacks!
     

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  2. Theneil

    Theneil Arachnolord Active Member

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    Looks like she is getting close to me. But the dark patch is not a premolt sign. i believe that is the heart.
     
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  3. starnaito

    starnaito Arachnosquire

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    I think it may be getting there, but if it's anything like mine, it won't let you know by refusing food! Mine will keep accepting food just a few days before molting. Look for the entire abdomen (the pink areas) to start darkening. At that point, molting is imminent.
     
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  4. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    If an A.geniculata refuses food, it will molt soon. As long as it eats, no molt. It is this easy with this species :D

    The dark areas are the urticating hair patch and the heart of the spider which is visible because it hasn't developed the coloured hairs and waxy outer layer yet. :)
     
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  5. Alvara1996

    Alvara1996 Arachnopeon

    Thanks, I'll keep an eye on her and try to be patient! Really cool that I can see her heart though :eek:
     
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  6. Alvara1996

    Alvara1996 Arachnopeon

    Update: she moulted this morning, so I guess she really was getting close! Unfortunately she has only given me a few sneaky glimpses of her new legs from her hide so far, so I don't know exactly how much she's grown, but I'm glad she did it and seems fine :)
     
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  7. Sinned

    Sinned Arachnosquire Arachnosupporter

    Grats on the molt :D Slings take less time hardening, she will be out and about soon looking for snacks :p

    Maybe you already knew this, but still. Wait a few days before feeding again though, as her/his fangs need to harden also.
     
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  8. Malo

    Malo Arachnopeon

    My tiny one went into premolt today, big shiny butt.
     
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  9. Alvara1996

    Alvara1996 Arachnopeon

    Thanks :) Yeah I'll probably wait up to a week to be certain!