1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Please help with my T Stirmi

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Georgia, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. Georgia

    Georgia Arachnopeon

    2
    4
    3
    FL
    Advertisement
    7434473E-D8B5-47D8-8F1A-ED0B7C682372.jpeg Can anyone please tell me what is happening? This popped out of nowhere!
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  2. chanda

    chanda Arachnoprince Active Member

    It just looks to me like it's been kicking hairs - which is perfectly normal behavior for T. stirmi (and most other old world tarantulas). My T. stirmi used to kick hairs all the time - not in response to anything I did, but just to set out a defensive perimeter around her burrow. After a molt she was always so pretty with that freshly-upholstered look - but a few weeks later, she'd resume kicking her hairs out again, covering her webbing and substrate in them, and start developing bald patches that would only continue getting worse until her next molt. Yours has not yet developed the big bald patches, but the white "fluff" looks like it's just loose urticating hairs to me.
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Agree Agree x 1
  3. EtienneN

    EtienneN Arachnonovelist Arachnosupporter

    Agree 100%, just plain old urticating setae sticking to its butt. Nothing at all to worry about.
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Agree Agree x 1
  4. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnotank Arachnosupporter

    It's been kicking hairs, some get dislodged but don't go airborne and end up stuck to the abdomen, that is what you're seeing, it's not an issue.
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Agree Agree x 1
  5. Ungoliant

    Ungoliant Malleus Aranearum Staff Member

    A.K.A. "spider dandruff."
     
    • Like Like x 3
  6. Georgia

    Georgia Arachnopeon

    2
    4
    3
    FL

    Thank you so much. She recently molted about 3 weeks ago and finally got rid of her bald spot and now started it up again She’s still gorgeous though! Thank you again!