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P Metallica sling stuck in molt. Help needed

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Abe yowakim, Aug 15, 2019.

  1. Abe yowakim

    Abe yowakim Tarantulas are misunderstood, like me. Arachnosupporter

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    My p Metallica roughly 1” stuck in molt for over 24 hours. It hardly moves and I have placed it in an icu. I wet a q tip and tried to moisten the back and she/he wiggles as well. So still alive but stuck I believe. Needing some extra advice on anything I can do. Thanks in advance
     
  2. Abe yowakim

    Abe yowakim Tarantulas are misunderstood, like me. Arachnosupporter

    Ps: carapace back seems to be already popped off.
     
  3. EtienneN

    EtienneN Arachnonovelist-musician-artist Arachnosupporter

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  4. Abe yowakim

    Abe yowakim Tarantulas are misunderstood, like me. Arachnosupporter

    Thank you, I’ll try to do what I can, but as you said it’s hard on a sling so small because it’s so delicate.

    The hard part is figuring out which part I need to brush off still.
     
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  5. EtienneN

    EtienneN Arachnonovelist-musician-artist Arachnosupporter

    You’ll have to try and follow the seam made by the opening in the carapace. Sometimes you might have to actually cut the exoskeleton away with something like cuticle scissors.
     
  6. Abe yowakim

    Abe yowakim Tarantulas are misunderstood, like me. Arachnosupporter

    I removed all but the book lungs, seems they are really on there but she doesn’t seem to be moving anymore :(. I fear she has lost the energy to push through it but going to see none the less
     
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  7. Mvtt70

    Mvtt70 Arachnobaron Active Member

    Never seen a sling that size take that long to molt, it is probably not going to make it sadly.
     
  8. Abe yowakim

    Abe yowakim Tarantulas are misunderstood, like me. Arachnosupporter

    After hours of trying to save it, the sling unfortunately passed. I have preserved it in a glass vial to commemorate its life. Rip little dude. :(
     
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