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Tarantula in weird critical condition?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by SpiderGuyJake, Aug 6, 2018.

  1. SpiderGuyJake

    SpiderGuyJake Arachnopeon

    The video wouldn’t upload. It’s legs keep moving, curling in, and then expanding out. Still on its back.

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  2. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

    Why?? I strongly suggest you read upon T husbandry or you will kill your pet.
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  3. SpiderGuyJake

    SpiderGuyJake Arachnopeon

    This isn’t necessarily helping. Notice I said one of the borrows. There’s two. One with a heating pad and one without. I live in Ohio. We had about a six month winter and half of the days dipped under -10, just wanted to keep it warm
  4. Vulcan2900

    Vulcan2900 Arachnopeon

    Have you thought about trying to but a drop of water near its fangs where its moth is to see if it will dring, might be dehydrated and does not have enough liquid to molt. there should be no harm in trying. Vulcan2900.
  5. SuzukiSwift

    SuzukiSwift Arachnoprince Active Member

    Remove the heat pad.
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  6. Greasylake

    Greasylake Arachnoprince Active Member

    Actually humidity does nothing. These are spiders not reptiles. Raising the moisture levels before a molt only creates a stuffy environment and encourages bacterial growth. All the fluids a tarantula needs to molt are produced inside its body, and it doesn't use moisture from the air to slide out.
    Yeah uh we don't use ICUs unless the tarantula is extremely dehydrated, and even then a water dish or dripping water onto its mouth parts is usually a better alternative.
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  7. Chris LXXIX

    Chris LXXIX ArachnoGod Active Member

    Well, - 10 is the outside temperature, what matters is the one you have - not even in your house, entirely - but where you keep your T's/inverts/etc.
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  8. SuzukiSwift

    SuzukiSwift Arachnoprince Active Member

    I’m big enough to admit when I’m wrong, I can see how my information could be out of date. My apologies, I’ll remove my comment
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  9. Venom1080

    Venom1080 Arachnoemperor Active Member

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  10. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    As long as you live in a house and have heat, you do not need to add supplemental heat. In a house with a furnace, the outside cold temps are pretty darn irrelevant. A rose hair is fine with temps into the 60's...adding supplemental heat like you are will only dry things excessively as well as attract the t to the heat....this is almost certainly the cause of your issue. Please please listen when people say to remove the heat pad.

    I am in Wisconsin, have hundreds of tarantulas and do not use or need a heat pad. Heat pads are designed for reptiles, which have vastly different needs when it comes to temperature.
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  11. Greasylake

    Greasylake Arachnoprince Active Member

    It's a common mistake and the tarantula keepers guide says a lot of that stuff too. Good thing you can accept being corrected, some of the people that have come through here get defensive way too fast.
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  12. Chris LXXIX

    Chris LXXIX ArachnoGod Active Member

    I do understand that you replied to @SuzukiSwift, but let me only point out (for the sake of the average beginner reader) that such a stement per se isn't correct. What is pointless is to measure/put a % on humidity - say the so called humidity % numbers - but the humidity given by water poured into substrate (for certain species) matters.
  13. Crone Returns

    Crone Returns Arachnoangel Active Member

    Could you put up a pic of your beast?

    How deep is your substrate?
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  14. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    Swift is a smart guy...he used to be one of the more active and helpful members here.

    Good to see him back around to be honest.
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  15. SuzukiSwift

    SuzukiSwift Arachnoprince Active Member

    In the end my Ts health is more important than my self image =) I don’t want to give excuses when it’s my negligence in not keeping up with the research and experience of others

    Appreciate that mate, it’s great to finally be back and see many of the longer members still around like yourself.

    Will hopefully be putting up some galleries on acrylic enclosures again soon
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  16. Mirandarachnid

    Mirandarachnid Arachnobaron

    What's that green and red stuff? Are those decorations in the enclosure?
  17. Whitelightning777

    Whitelightning777 Arachno-heretic Arachnosupporter

    You probably don't need heat at all for that one. The desert where it's from gets pretty cold at night. If you must add heat, the source needs to be above the tarantula but can also be somewhat to the side. They all go down and dark when its to hot and seek light and height when cold, regardless of where the heat or cold is coming from. If the heat is underneath, the T can fry itself. This CAN be done safely (been there -- done that), but its tricky & right now you need to get it healthy again and not worry about growth rates and appetites.

    When a tarantula is dehydrated and on its back, you can use a water dropper to drip water down between the fangs to reverse dehydration.

    Another method far superior to the traditional ICU is to put the tarantula into some type of container with a diagonal floor. Keep the abdomen and book lungs in the dry area and the fangs within the wet area. First fill it so that half of the floor is dry and the other half is wet. Keep the angle shallow so the T doesn't have to work to hard to drink.