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P. muticus appears to be in poor care

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by Radcla4832, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. Radcla4832

    Radcla4832 Arachnopeon

    When I went to a store to get some locusts I noticed that the P. muticus there was out of its hide, all the times i've been there it has been hiding, it also had cuts with appeared to be bleeding and had 2 live crickets wandering around inside, its in an Exo Terra Nano. Also next to it is two different spiders, an LP and L. klugi in tall glass exo terras with what appeared to be sand and moss as substrate. The store also recommends heat mats, should I ask them about the P. muticus next time I go?
  2. Nightstalker47

    Nightstalker47 Arachnoking Active Member


    Thats really sad. Its always best to mention something though.
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  3. Teal

    Teal Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    Yikes. Definitely kindly mention the husbandry errors.
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  4. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    There's absolutely nothing wrong with heat mats PROVIDING THEY'RE USED RIGHT as with any other heating source.

    But the rest yes. Personally I'd email them or contact them on their social media pages. Nothing gets things sorted like a social media post in my opinion. But I'd email them first with your concerns and remedies.
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  5. Ungoliant

    Ungoliant Malleus Aranearum Staff Member

    Sadly, a social media post involving poorly kept tarantulas won't elicit the same amount of outrage as other animals. It'll probably get comments like "kill it with fire" or "the only good spider is a dead one."
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  6. sasker

    sasker Arachnolord Active Member

    Notify an employee of the shop about your concerns regarding the poor condition of the P. muticus they are keeping, tell him about the wounds and how the setup is completely wrong. Tell him you are sceptical about the chances of this spider's survival, but you are willing to give this spider a chance. Except not for the price they are currently asking. Say that you are willing to pay 10% of the price, and that this is more than the shop would get when the tarantula dies in a few days.

    You get a fantastic spider, the tarantula lives and the shop gets at least some of its money back. Thats a win-win-win in my book :D
  7. Almost a guarantee they’re not given their care though
  8. Radcla4832

    Radcla4832 Arachnopeon

    The sad thing is how they are treated as non-animals, how would they respond if I said something like "the only good dog is a dead one" under a post of an injured dog?