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Trying to molt or Death curl?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by DagmarV, Jul 11, 2018 at 6:59 PM.

  1. DagmarV

    DagmarV Arachnopeon Active Member

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    Thank you everyone for your help and reassurance. I guess it's time to play the waiting game. :(
     
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  2. InvertAddiction

    InvertAddiction Arachnosquire Active Member

    Fingers crossed for you.
     
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  3. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    Good to hear its alive!


    No added heat!

    Its difficult to say if its dehydration or suffering from a stuffy enclosure...as both things tend to cause the same issues...part of why it can be difficult for a beginner.

    i would attempt to hydrate it, and move it to a dry environment.

    If its on its back, you can hydrate by placing a drop of water at the base of the fangs....if it wont stay on its back, its in better shape than we think.

    I prefer a 16oz deli...easy to ventilate and set up with room for water.
     
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  4. DagmarV

    DagmarV Arachnopeon Active Member

    I ran to the grocery store and got a deli cup. There's a dry paper towel, a water dish, and about 50 holes around the top and on the lid. I put a drop of water on its mouth, and here's how we're looking: better you think?? 20180712_123630.jpg it's for sure uncurling a little, still moving.

    Omg it turned itself over 20180712_125207.jpg I think the little guy is gonna make it!!!

    I'm crying 20180712_125340.jpg you guys saved my little dude

    Thank you guys omg thank you all so much
     
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  5. Greasylake

    Greasylake Arachnobaron Active Member

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    It definitely looks like it's in better shape. Make the appropriate changes to the enclosure and put it in its new home and it should be okay.
     
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  6. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    Not out of the woods yet....but its certainly heading in the right direction.

    Now to set that deli cup up properly.

    Notice my ventilation, its not extreme, but rather well placed....there are 3 rings around the side and just a few holes on the lid (obviously not shown).

    Next you want a flat piece of wood extending to the top, and the wood should be surrounded by plants, especially the top of the wood.
     
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  7. InvertAddiction

    InvertAddiction Arachnosquire Active Member

    YAY!!! So glad to read it's doing better!! :) Def keep us posted with the new enclosure and how it's doing.
     
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  8. lostbrane

    lostbrane Arachnopeon

    Huzzah! Excellent news indeed. Hope it continues to pull through.
     
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  9. Ultum4Spiderz

    Ultum4Spiderz Arachnoprince Active Member

    You got lucky I’ve had a few reclusive Ts that got too dehydrated. No way to revive a T , we need like little shock pads for Ts.
    Now if I don’t think there doing well i rehouse to something bigger/ better like h Mac.
     
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  10. DagmarV

    DagmarV Arachnopeon Active Member

    He's still weak and wobbly but moving around. 20180712_152528.jpg I set up his new container but I wanted your guys' OK before I put him back. There's a shell water dish up at the top you can't really see very well in the photo but otherwise I think I did everything suggested and I can switch out the top if it's too much ventilation
    20180712_232131.jpg 20180713_001905.jpg
     
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  11. Greasylake

    Greasylake Arachnobaron Active Member

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    The ventilation holes may be too big. If the holes are larger than the little guys carapace it can squeeze through and escape. Just double check that before you do your rehouse. Otherwise I think that enclosure looks good.
     
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  12. InvertAddiction

    InvertAddiction Arachnosquire Active Member

    Moving around is still progress :)
     
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  13. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    Looks good, keep a water dish on the floor as well, if she is in dire need again, the ground will likely be where she ends up.
     
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  14. DagmarV

    DagmarV Arachnopeon Active Member

    Yep, she sure did... curled up again. I left her there overnight and this morning. I thought she kicked it. Reached in to remove her and she's up and about again. I'm so confused. She acts like she's dying but will get up and walk and climb like nothing is wrong. 20180714_113701.jpg
     
  15. crone

    crone Arachnoangel

    You can also use a soda bottle lid.
     
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  16. InvertAddiction

    InvertAddiction Arachnosquire Active Member

    Any new progress since you found it this morning?
     
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  17. DagmarV

    DagmarV Arachnopeon Active Member

    I'm sad to report the little guy is officially gone. :( he stayed in the death curl and isn't moving anymore, not even when I touch him.

    You guys taught me a lot though and I appreciate the support.
     
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  18. Arachnophoric

    Arachnophoric Arachnoknight Active Member

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    My condolences, that really sucks but sometimes they just don't make it. :(
     
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  19. InvertAddiction

    InvertAddiction Arachnosquire Active Member

    Aww I'm so sorry :( Avic slings are harder to raise for the beginner in the hobby. Slings in general are harder and have higher death rates than juveniles and up. Don't let this little guy's death deter you though :)
     
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