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Should I leave her be?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by SpiderBrains, Dec 12, 2017.

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    My brachypelma albopilosum has sealed herself in her hide, should I open it up, or let her be?

  2. chanda

    chanda Arachnoprince Active Member

    Let her be! A sealed hide or burrow is a big "DO NOT DISTURB" sign. She may be preparing to molt - in which case disturbing her at the wrong time could result in a crippled or dead spider. Even if she is not molting, the sealed hide indicates that she wants to be left alone.

    It is very common for tarantulas to seal themselves up in their hides, burrows, web tubes, or dirt curtains when they are preparing to molt. They may remain sealed up for days, weeks, or even months. Don't worry about it - it's perfectly normal. Do not feed her until she emerges - and if she has molted, wait at least a week beyond that for her fangs to harden before feeding her. (They don't always molt - I've had several of my Aphonopelma sp. seal themselves up for weeks or months at a time - and emerge, unchanged but hungry, without having molted.) Just be sure to keep her water dish full so she has access to fresh water if she wants it - and to keep the humidity up.
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  3. Mentat Ix

    Mentat Ix Arachnopeon

    I always default to leave them be. Although I've got an O. philippinus that's really testing my patience after two months. :p
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  4. That is what I thought, but I'm new to the hobby and wanted confirmation. How long before I should be worried? I've seen several posts where spiders have been in hiding for 2-3 months. I hope she doesn't go that long. She is beautiful and it makes me sad that she isn't where she can be seen.
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  5. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

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  6. chanda

    chanda Arachnoprince Active Member

    And *that* is one of the many reasons why so many of us have multiple tarantulas! I may have one or two (or six...) in hiding at any one time, but there are always a few that are out and about!
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  7. She's still in there. Really trying my patience...
  8. Sarkhan42

    Sarkhan42 Arachnobaron Active Member

    This is the part where I tell you not to worry, leave her be, and that another spider to watch helps take the edge off ;):p
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  9. Garth Vader

    Garth Vader Arachnohipster Arachnosupporter

    Yeah, usually when there is the question of "should I check or leave her be?" the answer is leave her be. I'm not saying ALWAYS, but typically that is the case.

    Some Ts will just hide away for a while. It is very normal. My slings do it a lot. Right now I have 2 that I haven't seen for weeks. This is also a good reason to have some other Ts to focus on, because this can drive you nuts when you never see your T!
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  10. Major017

    Major017 Arachnopeon Active Member

    Leave her be. If she isn't out in excess of 5-6 months I'd start to get worried.
  11. Kiraral

    Kiraral Arachnopeon

    Time to get some more T’s
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  12. darkness975

    darkness975 Dream Reaper Arachnosupporter

    If it molted in there then you will have a refreshed spider emerging soon enough.

    Time for you to take the plunge and acquire more Spiders.
  13. More spiders = more enclosures = more space... And my "dream spider" appears to be hard to come by right now.
  14. darkness975

    darkness975 Dream Reaper Arachnosupporter

    Which one is your dream spider ?
  15. euathlus sp red
  16. darkness975

    darkness975 Dream Reaper Arachnosupporter

    Those are nice. Post in the classifieds here see if anyone has any.
  17. Goopyguy56

    Goopyguy56 Arachnosquire

    Oh I would get a few more t's. My g pulchra has been hiding for about 2 months now. She is under the substrate against the side of the deli cup so I can still see her. I don't know how tarantulas can live in a hole and not go nuts after a few hours.