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Injured Tarantula

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by telephone, Oct 11, 2018 at 4:46 PM.

  1. telephone

    telephone Arachnopeon

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    I bought a new Strip knee a couple months back from a vendor at a reptile show and its never had an issue, however he was one of a couple strip knees that were about $10 cheaper than some other strip knee. (Hes my second T)
    It shed for the first time since I bought it about 3 days ago. Today I went to check on it (I haven't held it since molt) and he tried to scamper up a wall, that is when i noticed a clear fluid tinted blue slightly leaking (there were several drops) out of one of the front legs
    I also noticed he seemed to be somewhat smaller after his molt (his abdomen) I believe its a male
    What do I do?
     
  2. Aestas

    Aestas Arachnopeon

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    That the abdomen is smaller than the molt isnt unusual.
    The fluid does sound like an injury. But if I remember right tarantulas will seperate their legs if they are injured. (my B. harmorii got stuck with a leg and tossed it of for example)
     
  3. telephone

    telephone Arachnopeon

    Is there anything I can do to help him?
     
  4. Phormic28

    Phormic28 Arachnoangel Active Member

    As the above poster said, a smaller abdomen is perfectly normal after a molt. Regarding the injury, if the tarantula feels that the leg is 'dead weight', it will drop it. Nothing to worry about.
     
  5. Phormic28

    Phormic28 Arachnoangel Active Member

    As the above poster said, a smaller abdomen is perfectly normal after a molt. Regarding the injury, if the tarantula feels that the leg is 'dead weight', it will drop it. Nothing to worry about.
     
  6. Aestas

    Aestas Arachnopeon

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    I dont want to give any advises without actual experience with this part.
    Maybe this video helps?
     
  7. Dorifto

    Dorifto Arachnopeon Active Member

    Give her some water. That fluid looks to be hemolimph. The tiny abdomen it's normal after a molt. The best important thing is to leave her calm, because any sudden movement can open the wound.
     
  8. Phormic28

    Phormic28 Arachnoangel Active Member

    With an injured leg, no. It'll do it's own thing, no flour or anything as the video stated is needed (only necessary for abdomen injury).
     
  9. Thekla

    Thekla Arachnobaron Active Member

    First of all, you shouldn't handle it at all, nor before neither after a moult.
    Secondly, every T is smaller/thinner after a moult, completely normal.
    As for the possible injury, post some pics of the spider and the whole enclosure. It's really hard to say anything without pictures, but if it injured its leg it'll probably get rid of it. No big deal.
     
  10. telephone

    telephone Arachnopeon

    Both of my tarantulas have water dishes in their tanks, the wound seems to already be open (this happened maybe half an hour ago) but im worried the wound itself occured yesterday because I did notice him acting kind of strange (Ive been uncovering to see that hes okay daily but not touching him since molt)
    I have a couple things that would stop the bleeding but am worried this would do more harm than good (however hes typically very calm and docile and has never minded being held)
     
  11. Phormic28

    Phormic28 Arachnoangel Active Member

    Like I said previously, if it's just a leg injury, I'd leave it be. It'll drop the leg if there was a seriously problem with it. You should only worry about abdomen injuries.
     
  12. Dorifto

    Dorifto Arachnopeon Active Member

    Leave it alone and in calm. The wound will be closed or will drop that leg.

    Don't worry
     
  13. Teal

    Teal Arachnoking Active Member

    Don't. Handle. Tarantulas.

    Posting photos of the spider and enclosure are necessary to give you proper advice.