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Waiting for my P. Metallica to molt.

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by Samuel Broude, Feb 14, 2018.

  1. Samuel Broude

    Samuel Broude Arachnopeon Active Member

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    How much longer would you guess it will take for my P. Metallica to molt? She is about 1.5 inches kept in a room that consists of 70-74 degrees Fahrenheit with a humidity relatively high due to the fact that I live in Florida and I mist her 32oz deli cup once a week and I keep a water bowl in there as well. Her last molt was recorded on 1/3/18. I thought she was in premolt because she refused a cricket for the first time (I normally feed her once a week) in my care but when I tried to feed her again about 2 weeks later she ate. Any thoughts on this?? Thank you!
     
  2. dangerforceidle

    dangerforceidle Arachnosquire Active Member

    Do you happen to have a photo of the spider and the enclosure? There are a lot of factors that figure into moulting rates. At that size, moults should be pretty frequent, but 6 weeks isn't that long. A sling that size I would feed more frequently than once a week, but if it's a large meal that could be sufficient.

    Do you have any large fluctuations in temperature? You mention frequent misting, which I'd expect not to be required if the ambient humidity is already high. Is there adequate ventilation?

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  3. Vinny2915

    Vinny2915 Arachnopeon Active Member

    Almost all of my T's molt once a month until about 3.5" so once a month give or take a bit. But once a week for food could slow it down. If you're impatient jump up temps and feed more.
     
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  4. Samuel Broude

    Samuel Broude Arachnopeon Active Member

    Thank you for your comment. I only mist half the cup it's in once a week for added hopes of hydrating the little fellow and the cup has well ventilation on the top and sides. And yes I know it's in a Dunkin' Donuts cup lol it's temporary until it molts!
     

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  5. Vinny2915

    Vinny2915 Arachnopeon Active Member

    Wait, no. I remember the one P.metallica I bought went a quite a while before molting (2 months). I think it was because the day I bought her it was very cold (-10 at least) and it was in my backpack. I think the cold teamed with the travel has stressed it immensely. This could've been the reason. Has your undergone anything that may have caused stress lately?
     
  6. Samuel Broude

    Samuel Broude Arachnopeon Active Member

    Not to my knowledge no, I normally don't do anything other than make sure my T's have what they need and feeding time.