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Molting- Problem with B. emiia

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by viper69, Apr 29, 2012.

  1. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

    My emilia is small, not much larger than a quarter in total leg span (diameter).

    It was drinking last night, it hasn't eaten in a while.

    Well, today I found it right side up, w/the carapace popped off, and clearly in the process of molting.

    I've never seen a T molt right side up however. I haven't done anything as I prefer to leave mother nature alone. Plus I know the new exoskeleton is soft.

    My concern is my emilia may die in the process of molting.

    I've never seen this before with any of my other T's.

  2. Usually they flip over to molt, but not always. Just leave her alone and I'm sure she will be fine. I have had a few molt in weird positions :)
  3. hamhock 74

    hamhock 74 Arachnobaron

  4. Prometheus

    Prometheus Arachnoknight

    Smaller T's IME moult in weird positions all the time and almost always end up getting the job done.
  5. Jared781

    Jared781 Arachnobaron

    Iv had a few Ts molt right side up. Its not really a problem, yet for me its a little sketchy!!! When this does happen and they are molting right side up I watch very very closely and check up on constantly! lol
  6. Shrike

    Shrike Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Just leave it alone and don't disturb it. Tarantulas are capable of molting upright and will do so occasionally.
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  7. A general rule of thumb is, the younger the T the easier and more frequent their molts are
  8. Kris M

    Kris M Arachnopeon

    My 1/2" P. irminia just finished a molt, was my first molt ever AND I was lucky enough to be home to keep an eye on him during the process.
    Anyways he was laying sideways in a little burrow he made, didn't even look like he was going to have room to come out he was wedged in place so tight.
    At the end of it he came out just fine, I like to think that the spiders know what they're doing, at least more than we do.