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Mounted Tarantula Molt

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by charlieg, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. charlieg

    charlieg Arachnopeon

    Hi everyone,

    Yesterday I found that my L. parahybana male had his final molt and matured into a very leggy beast. I was able to grab his perfectly in-tact exoskeleton and lay it out on the table. I've always wanted to try a mount so I ran out to a craft store to buy a shadow box. I cut a piece of corrugated plastic, wrapped it in an old white sheet, and carefully mounted the molt onto it.

    The molt itself was still wet and pliable so I was able to manipulate the legs and stuff the abdomen with some black yarn that I shredded so I could make it the right shape. I closed it up for the picture, but have since opened it up to let the molt dry completely. Each leg and pedipalp is secured to the fabric with super glue and there is one pin in the carapace.

    Here are a few pictures of the process and the finished product. Enjoy!

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    Yarn balled up and stuffed inside abdomen.
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  2. BorisTheSpider

    BorisTheSpider Overly Complicated

    Very nice . That will look cool hanging on the wall . :biggrin:
  3. Excellent work! A display piece for sure!
  4. Kazaam

    Kazaam Arachnobaron

    Looks great, but it would've looked better if the frame was smaller imo.
  5. skullking

    skullking Arachnosquire

    Wow that looks pretty amazing. Good job.
  6. What will you do if a guest sees that on the wall and throws a shoe at it?
  7. AvicVerso

    AvicVerso Arachnopeon

    That is super cool, I think* I am about to have a molting g. pulchripes I think I know what I am doing with the molt now.

    *I won't know till I see her poppin out of the ol'Exuvia
  8. Awesome! I do the same thing with my molts! :)


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  9. charlieg

    charlieg Arachnopeon

    Very nice! I'd like to have a whole wall covered with molts!

    Hmmm, good point... So far reception has been pretty good, but you never know!
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  10. Nisrene

    Nisrene Arachnopeon

    I would LOVE to do a timeline of moults. To show the growth rate from sling to adult. But all my slings crumple their moults :(