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Sling molting when I opened the vial...

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by StormyMyth729, Mar 13, 2019.

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    Hey all, something interesting happened yesterday. My first tarantula shipment ever..opened up the second vial, pulled out the tissue and saw this. I figured I'd share since it's quite a site. The b.albiceps sling seems to be fine, we will see!

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  2. jrh3

    jrh3 Knights of The Arachno Table Arachnosupporter

    Wow you are lucky, lots of times molt in transit, doesnt end well. I lost a 4 inch LP that way.
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  3. Yes I am very lucky, and the poor little sling too! I hope he's ok, we will see. The seller knows and said they cover for a week. I'm just keeping an eye on it. For being a new sling keeper that was quite a trip!! I got a couple of 1.5" g.pulchras too, and I already had one at home so I wasn't exactly expecting bolts...I'm thankful I used a barrier haha one almost made it to the top of it. Spunky slings!
  4. Nightstalker47

    Nightstalker47 Arachnoking Active Member

    Wow, thats very unusual. Glad the molt went well.
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  5. Teal

    Teal Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    I have had slings molt during shipment... they all were fine :) Fingers crossed all is well!
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  6. Vanisher

    Vanisher Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Yes, you are lucky! But i am not surprised! slings have less problems with moulting! I have had slings moulting in transit and they where all fine! Lost a juvenile in transit moulting though!
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  7. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnotank Arachnosupporter

    My GBB moulted in transit, she was fine. I got a bit of a shock when the first thing I saw in the vial was a curled up exuvia however :hilarious:
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  8. Vanisher

    Vanisher Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Yes, one can be fooled!
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  9. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnotank Arachnosupporter

    That was the first sling I ever ordered (along with a G. pulchripes sling) and I'd never seen one in person up until that point so I was relieved when I realised that my "DOA" was just an exuvia and the sling was just chilling behind it :hilarious:
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  10. Thanks, guys!
    I've been checking every day and little sling seems to be doing fine, acting like a normal little spood :)
  11. Liquifin

    Liquifin Arachnolord Active Member

    You might want a smaller enclosure. Because those vent holes look big enough for it to squeeze through and get out.
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  12. I did double check all of the vent holes. I used my smallest woodburning head to make them, they look bigger than they are and his abdomen is definitely bigger than all of them, but thank you.
  13. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnotank Arachnosupporter

    Abdomens are squishy, always make holes smaller than the spider's carapace because if the carapace fits then the whole spider fits.
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  14. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    I will still tell you that enclosure is waaaaaaay too big...regardless of the ventilation.
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  15. SonsofArachne

    SonsofArachne Arachnolord Active Member

    One of my supposedly delicate Avicularia purpurea slings molted when it was shipped to me last spring. Still fine.
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  16. Ok. I got two of these slings and they were alot smaller than they were listed, so I was not prepared for such tiny ones. I can order display cases for matchbox cars (they didn't have them in store) and they're 3 1/2" long x 1 1/4" x 1 5/8". Right now they're in baseball ones that are 3 1/8" x 3 1/8" x 3 1/4"
  17. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    use a condiment cup...like a 2oz cup.

    Albiceps are poor eaters and glacially slow growers....keep it simple for you and more importantly, the sling.

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  18. Ok! I think that I can manage! (I get mantids shipped to me in these during the warmer months and I save the lids too!) Thank you!
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  19. Phia

    Phia Arachnopeon

    Gotta molt when you gotta molt
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  20. Any time before or after that 18 hour trip would've been great though! Lol