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Help with a molting question.

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by The Main Evil, Sep 11, 2019.

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    My Brachypelma boehmei molted back in July, and I’ve been feeding her for a while now. About once a week. She’s about an inch and a half long when fully extended. She has a very big abdomen. It’s big side to side and very big up and down. I was thinking she is in premolt. What do you think?
  2. CommanderBacon

    CommanderBacon Arachnosquire Active Member

    Usually with specimens that size, you'll notice them darken in coloration all over their body and abdomen, and that is a clear indicator that they're entering premolt, but we'd have to get a good look at your sling to be sure.

    I tend to stop feeding mine before they get TOO fat, but in my experience, NW species will usually stop eating when they've taken in enough nutrients to enter premolt. I mean, not all the time, but ya know.
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    I have a lot of pictures of her. Should I upload them ina new thread?
  4. Sarkhan42

    Sarkhan42 Arachnolord Active Member

    You can upload pictures in this thread just fine, and it honestly might be better for organization purposes. As Commander said it should be easily to tell when a molt is imminent, and at that size overfeeding is not a major concern.
  5. 5D4C5A8C-9178-4F9E-9D6F-55355A153084.jpeg This is from earlier this evening.

    And as I said her abdomen is a tiny tiny bit smaller shorter than it was right before she molted in July.
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  6. Sarkhan42

    Sarkhan42 Arachnolord Active Member

    Looks nice and healthy to me, but I wouldn't say a molt is absolutely imminent given there isn't any serious darkening that you might expect with a molt on the horizon. If she's started to reject prey, she's probably eaten plenty to be able to molt and just needs to take the time to finish production of a new exoskeleton.
  7. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    Relevant pics should be posted here, not on a new thread....consolidate everything into one thread whenever possible.
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  8. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

    I need a pic

    What kind of CRAZY common sense is that!
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  9. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    Yes, its pre molt btw...no need to continue feeding.
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  10. Teal

    Teal Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    Abdomen size is based on how much the T has eaten.

    Abdomen colour of species who are pinkish as slings can indicate a molt coming up.