That is a particularly beautiful specimen, by the way. Let's just hope she got a little chilly and very thirsty. Now she's warm and have a nice drink. Now she'll want to rest. You might put her in a dark place where you can't hover, because that will just add to her stress. It's funny to think that she probably was born not 25 miles from where I'm writing to you right now.
@Trincess I told you to leave it alone because in that pic it looked like it was in its enclosure- not an ICU. I thought you had heeded the advice from earlier today to pull it out but just learned a few moments ago that it was still in an ICU. I give up, honestly. I'm running out of "not rude" and I dont feel like our interaction is helping your T at all. I hope it makes it- sincerely.
Unfortunately, I would have agree with little gray spider. At least change out wet paper towels for dry ones now. Unfortunately, the hype about Hospital cages is really only applicable to things like far more extreme dehydration than you're looking at, burst abdomens, and a few very rare infestations. Sadly, the best book we have has not been updated and still recommends Hospital cages. They failed to offer cover, and a sick creature wants to feel safe and hidden.
@Dovey arrrgh well I’ll have to wait till morning now. Spider is in a room I can’t access right now. I did create a dry area and added something for him to climb on if he can make it. In the morning I will replace the wet towels with dry if he’s alive
@Dovey thank you for your patience. I only want to do right by my spider and make him as comfortable as possible. I thought it wanted to be wet because it had climbed into his water dish and I thought he might drown in there which is why I put him in icu. It really is a mine field but I have tried to follow the advice I’ve been given today.
@Trincess This species is commonly known as Arizona Blonde... in that it is native to Arizona and Nevada. It has adapted to extremely low humidity, and in fact thrives in it. Placing an arid species like this into an ICU is a veritable death trap. Leaving it in a stuffy, moist environment for 24 hours when it's already in poor health can very well lead to a dead spider. I'd strongly suggest that you find a way to access this room and remove the spider from that box.
Here's something about spider health and anatomy. In extremely basic terms, the muscles that they use to extend legs function via hydraulics. This is why the "death curl" even exists - they physically can't extend their legs when they are dehydrated. Meaning it is completely incapable of moving to that dry area of the ICU that you set up.
ICU's are generally a bad, bad thing. Doubly so for arid species.