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P. Metallica concerns

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Pheonixx, May 17, 2005.

  1. Pheonixx

    Pheonixx Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Hey all,
    I have had a P. metallica for a while now and it has not molted yet. It's a sling, maybe 1". I have offered foor daily and it wont touch it. When i first got it it would destroy pinheads. now it wont touch them, nor larger food. I dont see any blackening of the abdomen nor any behavior that would suggest molting soon, other than the not eating thing. The sling seems happy and content, just no eating. the abdomen is not terribly small but not very plump either. I havent seen any food disappear in probibaly 2 weeks.

    any thoughts?
  2. LaRiz

    LaRiz Arachnodemon Old Timer

    You probably won't notice the abdomen darkening up in Poecilotheria metallica, the way you would a new worlder. Look to the sternum. I've noticed metallica darken up pretty good there in pre-molt. Of course this is a lot more obvious in 'slings than in sub-adult to adult.
  3. GoTerps

    GoTerps Arachnoking Old Timer

    If a metallica of that size is not eating, expect a molt.
  4. Pheonixx

    Pheonixx Arachnoprince Old Timer

    well yes Eric i suspect a molt, but a sling of this size would normally have molted by now. I've never seen a sling go off food for more than two weeks (actually closer to almost 3 weeks)
  5. I'd try different prey items, if possible. IME, Ts will show some food preferences at different stages of their lives. Given the value of this particular species, trying out a few different food items is well worth the trouble.

    Karen N.
  6. Windchaser

    Windchaser Arachnoking Old Timer

    I recently had a P. regalis s'ling go for almost a month without eating. I have also had some very small (1/4" to 1/2") G. rosea s'lings go for about 2 months. These little G. rosea s'lings last molted late December. I also have a G. aureostriata that has sealed itself in a burrow for the last two months. It is amazing how long some of these s'lings will go without food.
  7. Pheonixx

    Pheonixx Arachnoprince Old Timer

    i hope that it is just a picky eater. I dont want to lose this one.
  8. Daywalker

    Daywalker Arachnosquire Old Timer

    how long have you had it ?
  9. Pheonixx

    Pheonixx Arachnoprince Old Timer

    about 2 1/2 months.
  10. Windchaser

    Windchaser Arachnoking Old Timer

    Yeah, I know what you mean. I have one at home that didn't eat for a while either. It did molt and wasn't eating anything I offered it. I put it in a smaller container and it finally ate.
  11. Pheonixx

    Pheonixx Arachnoprince Old Timer

    it is currently in a 50 dram vial.
  12. Windchaser

    Windchaser Arachnoking Old Timer

    That certainly isn't too large. You could always try increasing the temperature a little to increase the metabolism.
  13. Fred

    Fred Arachnobaron Old Timer

    Yeah, especially if it's a P metallica. You should post some pics if possible.
  14. Tony

    Tony Arachno-pragmatarian Old Timer

    My metallica exhibited the same behaviour. After several weeks I began to worry. I mean the one molted up to 5-6 weeks after the other two !
  15. Pheonixx

    Pheonixx Arachnoprince Old Timer

    i cant post pics because my camera is on its way back to samsung for a warranty replacement. but i can say that with almost 60 T's they have their own room, which is kept at around 80 degrees. and at night i run a humidifier. the humidity in the room sits around 60-70%.
  16. GoTerps

    GoTerps Arachnoking Old Timer

    I have 2 of my smaller metallica molting at the same time today and it's been at least 3 weeks since they last ate. I wouldn't worry much at this point.
  17. Pheonixx

    Pheonixx Arachnoprince Old Timer

    normally i would not worry. However this spider was "expensive" so naturally i am worried. A 300$ spider is not easily replaced, especially when in limited quantity.
  18. CedrikG

    CedrikG Arachnoking Old Timer


    you've got a point there :)
  19. Windchaser

    Windchaser Arachnoking Old Timer

    I know exactly how you feel. Mine worries me more than my others too.
  20. manville

    manville Arachnoking Old Timer

    you guys are lucky you have them..i still need to get one...they are soooo freakin expensive in canada though..