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My O. schioedtei has... disappeared?!?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by boina, Oct 3, 2018.

  1. SonsofArachne

    SonsofArachne Arachnoangel Active Member

    You can put a weight on them if you don't want to screw them down. I re-use heat packs on my kritter keeper lids so I don't have to pop them open every time. I haven't lost one yet (knock on wood).

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  2. Venomgland

    Venomgland Arachnosquire

    thats a good idea
  3. AphonopelmaTX

    AphonopelmaTX Moderator Staff Member

    I admit I skipped reading through all three pages in this post, but wanted to chime in say I had this exact same thing happen to a fairly large Pelinobius muticus many years ago, sometime between 2001 and 2004. It was the strangest thing. It was burrowed in several inches of peat moss in a container with two latches and one day it was just gone. There were no prey items in with it or anything. I ended up having to dump the whole container out and sift through all of the peat moss to see if I could find a dead body or pieces of a molt or something, but I found nothing. It just disappeared. The container was never left opened or unlatched so an escape was unlikely. It escaping through the ventilation holes would have been impossible since the tarantula was maybe 4 inches and the holes were 1/4 inch. I remember the size of the ventilation holes I drilled since I use the same size drill bit to this day. The case of the disappearing P. muticus is still a mystery to this day and I have never experienced anything like it since.
  4. Greasylake

    Greasylake Arachnoprince

    Perhaps this is evidence that old worlds actually do teleport.
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  5. boina

    boina Lady of the mites Arachnosupporter

    This is really interesting, thank you for sharing. Sometimes thing can obviously be really mysterious.
  6. Torech Ungol

    Torech Ungol Arachnosquire Active Member

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  7. Dorifto

    Dorifto Arachnopeon

    Did you check all the substrate? One day rehousing my ceratogyrus, I thought that she escaped. But no... while checking the substrate she suddenly jumped out.
  8. boina

    boina Lady of the mites Arachnosupporter

    Of course. I dumped the substrate out and sifted through it.
  9. Arachnophoric

    Arachnophoric Arachnodemon Active Member

    Reminds me of my own "escape" debacle - N. incei disappeared from her enclosure the night after a rehouse. I opened it, looked for burrows, lifted/examined corkbark, and the T was nowhere to be found. Tore apart my bedroom thinking she'd managed to push the lid up enough to squeeze out on the end I had forgotten to latch shut.
    Fortunately, my story had a happier ending; I came home after work the same day to find the T safe and sound in her enclosure. Still have no idea where she had been hiding in her enclosure that I didn't see her or accidentally grab her/squish her. Glad I had left the enclosure set up to be prepared if I found her again, rather than tossing her out by accident with the substrate.

    I'd bet money that the molt was actually the scant remains of the T after the dubia and cleaning crew had months to snack on it. Perhaps you were right to question her health and she never made it through that premolt. Sorry for your loss, I always start getting a antsy if I go longer than month without seeing any sign of life from one of my more reclusive Ts.