He was placed in a small plastic tub by pet shop and wrapped the tub in newspaper but when I got him home he didn’t look good. He hasn’t walked but keeps looking like he he trying to get up. What has happened?
It was very active in the pet shop. Looked great actually. But was in my car boot for like 2 hours. I’m thinking he didn’t package it well enough. Anyway I put it in a tub with wet paper towels on a heat pad as well and it seems to be recovering. Well it’s legs are working again and it’s moving around a bit. Oh and the abdomen was small at the store I just thought maybe it’s a male. Is that a wrong assessment?
Sounds like it was probably cold. Take it off the heat mat, you could dehydrate it make the situation worse. A small abdomen doesn't mean its Male, it just means it hasn't eaten in a while or hasn't had a good drink. If there's no damage and it seems to be recovering I'll bet itll be okay. Take it out of the ICU as they usually just do more harm than good. Put it in the enclosure with a full waterdish close by, and make sure the room is around 70 to 80 degrees. It should continue recovering like that.
@Trincess "Oh and the abdomen was small at the store I just thought maybe it’s a male. Is that a wrong assessment?"
Yes, that is a wrong assessment. A small abdomen means it hasn't been fed properly and is possibly dehydrated - or it has molted very recently. Mature males look different and juvenile males look like any other female.
Take it out of the ICU. Moisture is good, but a water bowl in easy reach is much better than moist towels. You may even just place the whole front end of the tarantula in a shallow water dish. It won't drown.