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What to do with molts?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by ediblepain, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. ediblepain

    ediblepain Arachnosquire

    What do people do with molts? I usually toss them in the garden.. but the one from this morning i did something kind of weird with it. I shoved it in my mouth so it looked like a T was chilling in my face hole, and scared the heck out of my partner. Not the best idea, i know.. but it was funny (to me.. not them). What cool things can be done with them?
  2. chanda

    chanda Arachnoprince Active Member

    ...I hope it was the molt of an OW tarantula? I can't even imagine getting a mouthful of urticating hairs.

    I save mine and sometimes spread them out and mount them in shadow boxes. I have one that's a growth progression for my very first T (B. albo) with every molt from sling to adult. They make cool displays, plus I use them in the classroom when explaining the molting process. I also have a few OW molts that I let the kids touch. They really get a kick out of touching the fangs!
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  3. Ungoliant

    Ungoliant Malleus Aranearum Staff Member

    If I still need to sex the tarantula, I process the abdomen for sexing. Otherwise, I like to save the molts (for at least the next molt) to see how much my tarantula has grown.

    I gave my pulchra's most recent molt to a kid; his dad is going to encase it in resin.
  4. dragonfire1577

    dragonfire1577 Arachnobaron Active Member

    I shove them in my mouth too, except not as a prank I just eat them...
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  5. Venomgland

    Venomgland Arachnosquire

    Sex them, then put them in your windows around your house to keep looters and burglars out.
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  6. tetracerus

    tetracerus Arachnosquire

    Make them into cool displays! A nicely mounted molt makes for a great gift (for the right kind of person, that is).

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  7. SkittleBunny

    SkittleBunny Arachnosquire Classifieds User

    I like to keep the best one from each of my T's and display them next to my enclosures, so if they are burrowed someone viewing them can see what they look like.
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  8. KezyGLA

    KezyGLA Arachnoking Active Member

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  9. Rittdk01

    Rittdk01 Arachnoknight

    Mine are in shadow boxes on the walls in my spider room. The molts from my adults anyway.
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  10. Icculus

    Icculus Arachnosquire

    I like to put them out to scare the kids:angelic:
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  11. DadsGlasses

    DadsGlasses Arachnosquire Arachnosupporter

    Beautiful display. May I ask your procedure for mounting? Do you need to do anything to preserve the molt so it doesn't begin to decay or smell? That looks beautiful!
  12. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

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  13. Rittdk01

    Rittdk01 Arachnoknight

    You dont need to do anything to the molt for decay. If it were the actual spider you have to remove all the fun stuff out out the abdomen and under the carapace to keep it from getting stinky.
  14. EulersK

    EulersK Arachnoworm Staff Member

    Keep the fangs, toss the rest
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  15. darkness975

    darkness975 Dream Reaper Arachnosupporter

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  16. Trenor

    Trenor Arachnoprince

    That's what I do if they are big enough. Otherwise they get tossed after I measure them and record my specs - do sexing etc.
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  17. Anoplogaster

    Anoplogaster Arachnobaron

    I keep them for that same reason. Not next to their enclosures, necessarily. Just in a big jar. I pull them out to show people. And students love seeing them too:)
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  18. WoofSpider

    WoofSpider Arachnosquire

    I have just been keeping mine in a spare enclosure that is not currently in use. My Ts are mostly all too small to sex, so I just hold on to them for no reason I guess.
  19. KezyGLA

    KezyGLA Arachnoking Active Member

    Is there a universal translation for these words? :p
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  20. darkness975

    darkness975 Dream Reaper Arachnosupporter

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