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Why is my tarantula standing on it's head?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by ParahybanaLasiodora, Mar 14, 2019.

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    I don't know why he's doing that... been like this for at least an hour. Is there something wrong or is he just being a silly goose? Species: Lasiodora Parahybana (4" ish)
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  2. mantisfan101

    mantisfan101 Arachnoknight Active Member

    Encolsure looks a bit to large in regards to height, she might be stressed out as this posture is generally associated with stress.

    Either that or she’s just trying to become an arboreal but still can’t get over her frar of heights ;)
  3. Minty

    Minty @londontarantulas Arachnosupporter

    It’s waiting for you to put your face too close, so she can use her poop gun on you.
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  4. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnotank Arachnosupporter

    More like "waiting for you to stick your face too close so it can hair your eyeballs to death" :hilarious:
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  5. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    That's not a stress posture. Its not standing on its head, its just standing vertically...ts do that.
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  6. BoyFromLA

    BoyFromLA ‎٩(ˊᗜˋ*)و Arachnosupporter


    Trying so hard to imitate Pokies.
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  7. Derivative

    Derivative Arachnopeon

    Also that is the tarantulas prosoma not its head tarantulas aren't anthropomorphic as that would be weird.
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  8. Tenebrarius

    Tenebrarius Arachnolord Active Member

    looks its just chilling on the glass. Seen this a lot by arboreal avoiding my forceps while picking out bullies. I keep my terrestrials properly so I dont see such behavior.
  9. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnotank Arachnosupporter

    Well, the prosoma/cephalothorax is basically a fused head and thorax so it kind of is ;)
  10. Serkos

    Serkos Arachnopeon

    Did you move her recently? When I got my T for the first one or two days she was climbing around and then she calmed down (she is a b hamorii which is terrestrial)
  11. No. This is only his second home, I moved him in maybe 2 or 3 months ago.

    Update, I checked on him shortly after posting this and he was back to his normal posture. He still appears to be a little stressed though. He didn't eat when I tried to feed him so maybe he's in premolt and that's why he's behaving strangely. He's due for one too.
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  12. AphonopelmaTX

    AphonopelmaTX Moderator Staff Member

    Tarantulas do some funny things when they don't find a suitable place to hide in their enclosures. My interpretation of the behavior shown in the picture is that it feels more secure by squeezing itself between the glass and cork bark. Sometimes when you think your enclosure is setup perfectly for a tarantula, the tarantula disagrees.
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  13. SonsofArachne

    SonsofArachne Arachnobaron Active Member

    It's trying to learn how to twerk, obviously. Show it some Youtube videos.