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"Polka dots" on freshly moulted tarantula

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Melancholy Newt, Sep 27, 2018.

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    My B. Vagans just moulted either today or yesterday. The moult is normal, actually everything is. She is walking around fine and has all limbs in tact. There is nothing out of the ordinary except she has a few little, tiny bald spots on her abdomen. I have checked, they are not the dreaded white spots that indicates mites, and there are not mites in her tank. Any idea what it could be? Now, before moulting she was very bald. Could it just be that she did not fill in all the way? I will try to get a picture, but when I have put the light on her from my camera she gets scared and hides and since she just did moult I don`t want to stress her.
  2. MintyWood826

    MintyWood826 Arachnoknight Active Member

    Mites are actually not bad. http://arachnoboards.com/threads/all-you-need-to-know-about-mites.309211/

    If it's baldness, it's fine but I can't tell anything without pictures. Good luck getting some! I don't have a tarantula that kicks hairs, but I don't think I've seen anything about baldness in multiple spots.
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  3. SuzukiSwift

    SuzukiSwift Arachnoprince Active Member

    It sounds like it just kicked some urticating hairs, a picture will speak a thousand words
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  4. I know. I am kind of thinking I will try again when she has had more time to recover. She usually sits out in the open but right now she is in her hide still.
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  5. SuzukiSwift

    SuzukiSwift Arachnoprince Active Member

    Good call to wait, let it harden up first =)
  6. I had wanted to try to sex her with this moult then I saw the spots and dissected her moult to see if there were similar spots before that I had just somehow missed. Usually I take the moults into my job (I work in an animal hospital) and use an otoscope to look at them since my eyesight isn`t so good.
  7. Get a pic of the spots , maybe just rubbing off hairs?
  8. boina

    boina Lady of the mites Arachnosupporter

    I've no clue what you are referring to, but spots that indicate mites don't exist.
  9. MintyWood826

    MintyWood826 Arachnoknight Active Member

    I'm guessing the mites themselves?
  10. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

    No picture...no help.
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  11. Sorry it took me so long to post this. I cleaned out her tank today though and then she was sitting up on the glass and it was a good view of the spots I am talking about. She is moving around great, not acting out of the ordinary for her. There are several of these little spots randomly all over her abdomen.

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  12. Aleetist

    Aleetist Arachnosquire

    Deleted because I just quickly glanced at it one my phone, then actually pulled it up on my laptop.
  13. Uh oh, did the picture not attach? Won`t lie, I suck at technology, lol!
  14. Nightstalker47

    Nightstalker47 Arachnoking Active Member

    Just rubbed off setae.
  15. How though? These spots showed up the day she molted. She didn`t have time to rub them off or kick hairs.
  16. Mind you, I am not arguing with you :) Just want to see how to avoid this in the future. Honestly what you said is a HUGE relief.
  17. Aleetist

    Aleetist Arachnosquire

    The picture attached just fine, I just took a really quick glance and wrote something dumb in retrospect and you can't delete posts. So I was just letting you know my comment was deleted because I was dumb lol.
  18. Oh ok, lol :)