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Avic Avic not eating

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by LittleGremlin, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. LittleGremlin

    LittleGremlin Arachnopeon

    So my Avic Avic molted last september, i'm pretty certain she hasn't eaten since.
    She is still webbing but for the past 2 days has just been sitting on the floor. If i try to move her she does jump around but can't or won't really run away like she used to. She doesn't seem to be able to climb that well as i popped her in a tub and when i gently tipped it she was moving with it. I don't know how old she is as i bought her as an adult & we have been getting very cold weather lately, i don't know if that has affected her. She's showing no signs of wanting to eat. What can i do :(
  2. mconnachan

    mconnachan Arachnoprince Active Member

    Can you post some pictures of the set-up and the spider, that way we can see what you're describing, thanks.
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  3. Garth Vader

    Garth Vader Arachnohipster Arachnosupporter

    Agreed- enclosure pics and pics of the spider will help. There are a lot of things that could be going on here! It could be that the enclosure is too stuffy or not ideal for your Avic, or it could be a mature male, or....? So yeah, pictures and then hopefully you can figure out what to do to help your Avic.
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  4. KezyGLA

    KezyGLA Arachnoking Active Member

    An Avic on the floor is never a good thing. When you say she jumps around, are her movements erratic?
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  5. Venom1080

    Venom1080 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    You say she's unheated? What are the temps she has?

    Likely dying. Maybe from cold if its bad, maybe just old age.
  6. LittleGremlin

    LittleGremlin Arachnopeon

    Her jumps are quite erratic and in one spot, she has even flipped her self over doing it then flipped back the right way.
    I've had he/r for a year and half now. Until now she's always been at the top of the enclosure.
    She's on the bark now because i was stressing her out i guess :( but she was on the floor in front of it next to her bowl before.

  7. LittleGremlin

    LittleGremlin Arachnopeon

    It's reading as 71ºF right now :( i do have a heat pad somewhere for her that i bought last winter but it wasn't needed as my room has always been on the warmer side.
  8. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    Set up looks good, 71 is fine. ;)
    Hope you can get a pic of the spider soon.
  9. LittleGremlin

    LittleGremlin Arachnopeon

    It's a bit hard because she scrunches up and hides under her legs.
    Here she is now, just putting some web down on the bark.

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  10. LittleGremlin

    LittleGremlin Arachnopeon

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  11. mconnachan

    mconnachan Arachnoprince Active Member

    Most keepers try to aim for 70f-75f, my room stays between 68f night / 75f daytime.
    A rule of thumb - If you're comfortable wearing a T-shirt where you keep your spiders then your spiders will do just fine at these temps. I hope she's doing better now, keep us up-dated, thanks.
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  12. KezyGLA

    KezyGLA Arachnoking Active Member

    Looks like something internal maybe. I hope it moults out fine. When was last moult?
  13. LittleGremlin

    LittleGremlin Arachnopeon

    September 2017, but it only happens once a year now.
  14. PidderPeets

    PidderPeets Arachnoangel Arachnosupporter

    What is that substrate you're keeping it on? Could the enclosure be being kept too moist?
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  15. boina

    boina Lady of the mites Arachnosupporter

    The enclosure looks too wet for my taste, though it does have reasonably good ventilation. Do you spray a lot? I would stop that - no spraying/misting for Avics. The enclosure looks very nice, though.

    Jumping in one spot and even falling over is not a good sign at all. Sounds like it could be a nerve problem. Did you try prekilled prey? If it has trouble coordinating its movements it may still take prekilled.
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  16. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    I think we can rule out the possibility of it being a mature male. If it molted in September to mature, it would look in worse shape.
    I'm not seeing anything strange in the video. Her abdomen is a bit small but she doesn't seem to by dehydrated.
    There's not much you can do besides keeping her waterdish full and keep her quiet. Have you tried feeding smaller prey, or pre-killed?
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  17. mconnachan

    mconnachan Arachnoprince Active Member

    Agreed - I did notice that earlier as well, how slowly she was moving as well, let's hope there's no internal injuries, as has been said try offering pre-killed prey items.
  18. LittleGremlin

    LittleGremlin Arachnopeon

    I don’t usually spray often, I did today :(
    How do I feed prekilled? Hold out in front of her or near the mouth?
  19. Arachnoclown

    Arachnoclown Arachnosquire

    My adult A. avicularia's haven't molted in almost 2 years.... keep that in mind. They both go through periods that they are lethargic and don't eat. Then out if the blue they are on a feeding frenzy. Hopefully yours will be alright.
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  20. LittleGremlin

    LittleGremlin Arachnopeon

    It's as though she can't climb up.. which is weird because she has been doing until very recently.
    I've just tried pre killed but she's not having any of it, i've also tried meal worms and some slow wax worms but she just freaks out.

    I managed to get some more videos of her moving...