Advertisement Thanks in advance for any and all advice! Here's the TL;DR version: should I risk moving a rescue tarantula that may be in premolt if the current owners are so eager to get rid of it they were planning on freezing the T? The full story: I'm a professor at a community college, and my students know I love inverts. One of my students works at a pet store chain, and has a bad habit of bringing home more animals than he can care for. He now has to get rid of two A. avicularias (by order of his parents), and had planned on just freezing them. I found out about this when he asked if I wanted the bodies to add to my displays of pinned insects. I told him I'd rather have the live Tarantulas!! I'm a tropical Biologist, but the only T experience I've had was a Brachypelma vagans that lived under the stairs of my place in Panama and a roommate with an Avic back in college. I've been spending a lot of time on the boards the last two weeks trying to prepare. I took possession of one of the Avics and her(?) enclosure today (pictured below). However, I had the student leave the other one home until I could get your advice. According to my student, the second Avic is two inches, hasn't eaten in 4 weeks, hasn't left the web, and may have an unusually large abdomen. He's not a detailed-oriented kid, so he's not exactly sure when the T stopped eating or if it's abdomen really is larger. Based on my research, this sounds like premolt, but I'm not sure. My question is, can I move the enclosure without unduly stressing the T? I don't know how long his parents will tolerate the T, and I feel like I may be stuck with two bad choices (a dangerous move, or the little one being frozen). Student doesn't have a camera phone, and he hasn't followed up on my requests for pictures of this other T. Any thoughts on what I should do, or how pushy I should be about not moving the T? (As a side note, feedback on how to improve the enclosure of the T I did receive would also be welcome. I'd like to move her into an inverted AMAC eventually, but is she ok in the current setup for now? The substrate is dry despite the dark color. The white steaks on the glass are feces, right? ) Thank you!!