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Disabled A. Minatrix Recovery (Bad Molt)

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by N1ghtFire, May 12, 2017.

  1. N1ghtFire

    N1ghtFire Arachnoknight

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    This thread is just about my little A. minatrix sling that I got about 2 weeks ago. It went through a bad molt a couple days after I got it and seven of its legs and its pedipals got stuck in the molt.

    Day 1
    It only has one leg free from the molt. I left it alone for the night hoping it would molt on its own, but woke up to see no progress and decided to help it out if the molt the best I could.

    I got some paint brushes, water, and small tweezers and carefully tried to free its legs and pedipals from the molt. I was able to free 2 legs of the molt, one leg still has the old exoskeleton stuck to it (not quite sure what to do about it, I can't remove it and I don't want to remove the leg. So I left it alone) and one leg was already free. The other 4 legs and the pedipals were lost in the process and the spider ended up with one usable leg and 3 that are hardened in a strange way and pretty much useless.

    After removing what I could of the molt:

    Over the next week and a half I kept it in a well ventalated deli cup with moist paper towels and would put water up to its mouth two or three times a day to give it an opportunity to drink.


    Day 10:

    Today marks 10 days since the bad molt and I was able to get the spider to take a roach! I offered it a live B. lateralis roach with tweezers, and after clumsily striking at it several times, it roled over on its back and was able to "hug" and hold the roach to its mouth with its messed up legs and is eating it now.
     
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  2. AshS

    AshS Arachnopeon

    That's awesome! Hope this little guy makes it to his next molt, things are looking good. Please keep us updated with how he is doing.
     
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  3. johnny quango

    johnny quango Arachnoknight

    It's sad to see a sling in that sort of state, I've been there with a B annitha/smithi losing 4 legs but alls fine now.

    The great thing about your little guy is that it's eating and that can only be a good thing. It should give you hope that it'll make a full recovery
     
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  4. cold blood

    cold blood ArachnoGod Active Member

    IME if you can get it to eat a good meal or two like that, its chances of survival are high...bet it makes it to the next molt.
     
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  5. G. pulchra

    G. pulchra Arachnogod Old Timer

    Nice job accommodating it's injuries! Like cold blood said, keep that up and it will be fine.
     
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  6. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

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    Minatrix is one of my absolute favorites. Never underestimate nature and an animal with the drive to survive.
     
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  7. Timc

    Timc Arachnopeon

    Good luck to you and your baby! Taking the roach is a great sign and with a couple more I'm sure you'll get a molt with a few legs regenerating.
     
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  8. Caseyface

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    How are things going with this little trooper? <3 :shy:
     
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  9. N1ghtFire

    N1ghtFire Arachnoknight

    He ate his 3rd roach yesterday! So still doing well ^.^
    @Caseyface
     
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  10. Caseyface

    Caseyface Arachnosquire

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    @N1ghtFire - Wow, I wish I was as tough as your little A. minatrix. :bucktooth: I am so glad that it is doing well and taking food! Grow little one, grow! Do you name your Ts? Would you consider naming this one? I think it deserves a kick-butt name. (What language is language?)
     
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  11. Timc

    Timc Arachnopeon

    As a person who studies etymology for fun, don't even get me started.
     
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  12. Timc

    Timc Arachnopeon

    More importantly, I couldn't be happier for you and your spider!
     
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  13. Moakmeister

    Moakmeister Arachnobaron Active Member

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    Hang in there, bubba! Be strong!
    If it's a girl, name her Wonder Woman, and if it's a boy, name it Superman.
     
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  14. 3 meals -- Yay!!!
    Very hopeful for this fighter! Hope he moults again ... successfully ... and soon!
     
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  15. Stormsky

    Stormsky Arachnopeon

    If it turns out male, I would name it Lt. Dan. "You got new legs!"
     
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  16. Moakmeister

    Moakmeister Arachnobaron Active Member

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    LOL yes
     
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  17. Brumbleberry

    Brumbleberry Arachnopeon

    Nice save! Good luck little buddy!
     
  18. Magenta

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    Glad to hear the little dude is doing well!:D
     
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  19. Deb60

    Deb60 Arachnosquire

    Lovely to see how dedicated you were in helping this little guy out , hope he is still doing ok ? X
     
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  20. GreyPsyche

    GreyPsyche Arachnosquire

    No news is good news...would love to hear the outcome though.
     
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