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Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Arachnopuppy, May 17, 2003.

  1. Arachnopuppy

    Arachnopuppy Arachnodemon

    Please help! My new tarantula is on its back and I think it is dying. What should I do. I'm scared to touch it but I want to help.

    Attention: This is not a real asking-for-help thread. However, please treat this as if it was real. I just want to see what kind of reaction people would have on this kind of thread.
  2. mebebraz

    mebebraz Arachnobaron Old Timer

    Attention: This is not a real asking-for-help thread. However, please treat this as if it was real. I just want to see what kind of reaction people would have on this kind of thread. [/B][/QUOTE]

  3. Jono_mad

    Jono_mad Arachnosquire Old Timer

    um ok. i would probably have said don't worry if it's on its back its probably just molting cuz they don't usually turn over to die.
    what a strange thread.
  4. rknralf

    rknralf Arachnolord Old Timer

    This is a bit strange, but I would offer up assurance that the tarantula is molting and that they rarely (if ever) die in an inverted position. I would advice you to be patient, and allow the tarantula to do her thing and state not to disturb her at all.

    I think most keepers would respond similarly, and most care to offer advice to help out a fellow enthusiast.
    I've found the group of tarantula keepers to be one of the more involved and caring groups out there with very little negativity towards anothers keepers level of experience. I think a majority would rather educate in a positive sense than tear down.

    Just my thoughts, and good luck with your thread. I hope your fictious tarantula pulls through its molt. Post some virtual pictures when she's complete, and take care,
  5. It is dead! and your never going to see it alive again!
  6. Static_69

    Static_69 Arachnobaron Old Timer

    lol, hampton your so reassuring.

  7. krystal

    krystal Arachnodite Old Timer

    if i were answering this question for lam: first i would type in my immediate gut-reaction (which would probably be in poor taste), then i'd delete the gut-reaction for something a little more subtle. ultimately, i'd delete the subtle post, too, and let someone else take care of it.

    for everyone else: first i'd have to see if you were male or female. next i would check your age, then location. if you were within driving distance to my house (and over the age of 18—or on the cusp of it), i'd send you a private message saying, "would you like me to come to your place and check it out for you?". if the person was under the age of 18, i'd ask if their mom or dad was married. if not, then would they be interested in a fling. if they were married, then i'd ask if either were interested in a mistress...and during the whole back and forth of the conversation, hopefully the tarantula would have moulted, and all would be well.
  8. Henry Kane

    Henry Kane Arachnoprince Old Timer

    wouldn't it be easier to just do a topic search to get your info?

    Anyhow, I would say:
    It's not dead, it's molting. Whatever you do, leave it alone. etc.etc.....

  9. RugbyDave

    RugbyDave Arachnoprince Old Timer

    if its a male, could be making a sperm web.

    Im with everyone else -- confused and thinking its a strange post. Its ok, man, if you have a question. everyone has questions sometimes...???

    but i must admit i like krystal's idea... ;P

  10. skadiwolf

    skadiwolf Arachnolord Old Timer

    i would suggest calmness and ask more about the situation. i would also state that usually Ts on their backs or even their sides sometimes are molting.

    i would ask if they could see any skin of the abdomen if any hairs are missing and that if it's dark, it should definitely be in molt.

    i would ask what kind of T it is and what conditions it's being kept in and then refer them to the spreadsheets on this site and others.

    finally, i would tell them the next thing they should do is purchase the TKG which will serve as an invaluable resource.
  11. Arachnopuppy

    Arachnopuppy Arachnodemon

    Hehehe. To be honest, I don't know whether to take that as a compliment or not. But thanx anyway.
  12. jwb121377

    jwb121377 Arachnoangel Arachnosupporter

    Lam you come up with the most interesting post.:)

    I would offer my assurance that their tarantula was fine and not to worry. Also I would recommend they read a book on tarantula care either Tarantulas and other arachnids or the The tarantula keepers guide.
  13. Midwest Art

    Midwest Art Arachnoknight Old Timer

    A question I get asked all the time. Desparate calls from customers... Rest assured, the tarantula is shedding. Leave it completely alone for several days after shed. As it's book lungs haven't hardened, any additional stress, startling it, can kill it.

    Tarantulas virtually never pass away on their backs. Things to worry about: curled legs, thinning abdomen, etc.

  14. Arachnopuppy

    Arachnopuppy Arachnodemon

    See guys? It is not that hard.
  15. Henry Kane

    Henry Kane Arachnoprince Old Timer

    LOL. I don't think it was the difficulty of what you ask that was in question. More like your intentions.

  16. Bry

    Bry Arachnodemon Old Timer

    Don't worry, your tarantula is not dying. He's just trying to scratch an itch on his back.

  17. RugbyDave

    RugbyDave Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Yeah, i'm with Atrax -- with the exception of some very funny/witty wise-asses, we all pretty much answered the same way....

    at any rate...
    it takes all kinds, i guess :)
  18. Mojo Jojo

    Mojo Jojo Arachnoking Old Timer

    Ok. Calm Down and forget what everyone else has said. They are all wrong. Your spider is out of air. I have had this happen to mine. The only thing that can be done to save it before it dies is mouth to mouth resusitaton. THE ONLY THING! So stop waiting an ressitate!

  19. D-Man

    D-Man Arachnochicano

    Oh no, me too!

    Damn, my T is on its back...I think it's dead! I live in California, but I can fly you out here, Krystal. I really need your help.....:}

    Oh, and Lam.....read a book ;P .

    Peace and taco grease.

  20. Mendnwngs

    Mendnwngs Arachnosquire Old Timer

    Hes not dead, He jus' restin, The Norweigen blue perfers kippin on its back