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Molting process

Discussion in 'Tarantula Pictures' started by antinous, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. antinous

    antinous Pamphopharaoh Arachnosupporter

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    Thought some people would like to see the molting process of a tarantula. Seen it many times and it always amazes me. Molt measured 2”, any bets on how large it is right now? At least 3” IMO. It’s a Pamphobeteus sp. ‘mascara’ btw.

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  2. antinous

    antinous Pamphopharaoh Arachnosupporter

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  3. dangerforceidle

    dangerforceidle Arachnobaron Active Member

    How long did the process take in this instance?
     
  4. antinous

    antinous Pamphopharaoh Arachnosupporter

    I woke up to it on it's back and it was on it's back for another 45 min or so. Once it pushed through it's carapace, it was done in about 30 minutes give or take. Surprisingly it's pretty active compared to my other one who built a wall in it's hide. This one is out of it's hide currently just having a stroll.
     
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  5. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    It never has and more than likely never will cease to amaze me.

    Whilst I prefer to find my tarantulas/spiders/pedes etcetera moulted to take the stress away I love seeing the process documented.
     
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  6. antinous

    antinous Pamphopharaoh Arachnosupporter

    I agree, I usually don't bother them whatsoever during the molting process, but I wanted to document how it happens to show some friends and family who were asking. I do usually like to notice it right after they're done so I can check if the molt isn't stuck to it (had a couple problems with stuck molts in the past so I'd rather catch it sooner than later).
     
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  7. Teal

    Teal Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    Awesome photos! It is rare that any of my Ts molt in such a location that is good for photographing, darn it lol
     
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  8. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    I just prefer to wake up and find them moulted. If I see 1 of them has flipped it's squeeky bum time.
     
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  9. antinous

    antinous Pamphopharaoh Arachnosupporter

    Interestingly enough for mine, they've all molted outside their hide (other than this one) and it's been easy to check up on them. I have a sp. 'machala' that's about to burst soon (hopefully, I've been saying that for the last few days and it's been in premolt longer than this one) so I might take a video of that one too because I'm expecting a large jump in size.
     
  10. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

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    They molt?
     
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  11. Teal

    Teal Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    I have mostly baboons, which means heavy webbing and some tunneling.

    I got to watch a B. vagans molt that is part of one of my partners' collections... I did manage to get one cool fang photo through the plastic, as she was holed off in a burrow that happened to afford a bit of a view.
     
  12. antinous

    antinous Pamphopharaoh Arachnosupporter

    Interesting enough that even though they’re around the same size, one developed the pink ‘horns’ while this one didn’t.

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