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P.metallica new purchase and worried!

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Jason D, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. Vinny2915

    Vinny2915 Arachnosquire

    For future reference to know 100% if in pre molt or not (close to molt not just entered premolt) get a flashlight, the stronger the better, wait until it is on the side of the glass (right up against) and shine from underneath it whilst looking form above it. If not in pre molt the legs will be see through, if in heavy pre molt the legs will be almost completely black in most parts. This has worked up until the specimen is around 4.5". At this size I find the legs are a bit too thick to tell with accuracy because it isn't see through qne not in pre molt anymore. That aside, your specimen Seems fine, I wouldn't worry too much. As for temps I keep my males (P.metallica included) slightly below 18C and they are completely fine, so ifit is 18 yours should be okay, it just won't be very active and probably won't eat very often due to a slower metabolism.
  2. Jason D

    Jason D Arachnopeon

    Thanks. The thing with His, is he has 1 lid for the pair of them, so when he opens It, there's a chance 1 can bolt into the others enclosure. Also I don't know how well he's cut the divider in, but in the 1st shot looks like a fairly big gap. With mine I have the strips for doors and seperate lids to latch on to. There are no gaps in mine bigger than where the hinged side of the door shuts against the side, so if a t gets out it'll be in the house, not the other side also as mentioned before, people house t's in clear enclosures next to eachother with no issue.

    Im going to stick the heat pad on the side or on the back. I'm not too sure yet. If it's on the back, it'll Catch each half and heat them both. If on the side it'll be on the pokie side to keep that half warmer. That's what I'm leaning towards at the moment.
    Thanks for the advice :) it's disappeared behind it's bush today, hopefuly it will make an appearance and go into it's tube soon. I'm going to put a head pad on It, as I've said above. Try to keep it around 22-24 I guess. I would rather it be a bit more active and eat more.
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  3. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    If I had a dollar for every time I've heard this...lol.:hilarious:

    Literally everyone who does split enclosures thinks this...everyone...yet deaths keep piling up and success rates remain low.
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  4. Liquifin

    Liquifin Arachnobaron Active Member

    Split enclosures are not
    Split enclosures always end up with only 1 tarantula in the end. But the questions is that, "is it possible for a split enclosure to work?" Right now I am personally testing for a better way for a split enclosure. But I personally think any slide-on-top or slide-door is too risky, because any T. strong enough can move the acrylic top if they wanted to (especially larger T.'s). An example is how strong my A. seemanni is, its like he lifts weights in the gym. But I have yet to find a good way for a split enclosure. While i'm still trying to find the ultimate prevention for split enclosures and 1 T. in the end, I still have yet to find a 100% safe split enclosure idea. Right now I personally think if you do a split enclosure, it better have a lock on it (my idea for now). :stop:
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