1. Important Announcement - Upcoming Downtime - Software Upgrade

    Please see here for more details.
Hello there, why not take a few seconds to register on our forums and become part of the community? Just click here.

Help! Is it dying

My new tarantula looks poorly after journey home! Is it dying?

Help! Is it dying
Trincess, Apr 11, 2018
ScaryGhosts likes this.
    • Trincess
      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?
    • Thistles
      Yeah, she looks bad. Put her face in the water bowl, but not her butt, and hope for the best.
    • KezyGLA
      Check it all over for a rupture. Was the abdomen always that small?
    • Greasylake
      Was it exposed to cold for a long time? Did it look good when it was at the shop? Its abdomen does look a little on the small side which makes me think maybe dehydration or a rupture.
    • Trincess
      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?
    • Trincess
      @Greasylake @KezyGLA I can’t see anything leaking from him anywhere if that’s what you mean by rupture. No obvious signs of damage. I’m praying he’s ok and that I’ve stepped in on time to save him.
    • Greasylake
      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.
      boina and Moakmeister like this.
    • LdLrLyChLd
      Please update us as to its progress!
      Dovey likes this.
    • boina
      @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.
    • Trincess
      Ok so Laverne (that’s it’s new name) went from being almost dead earlier to playing obsessively in his water dish. But now I’m worried he might drown if he stays in there. @boina
    There are no comments to display.
  • Category:
    Uploaded By:
    Apr 11, 2018
    View Count:
    Comment Count:

    EXIF Data

    File Size:
    1.5 MB
    Mime Type:
    iPhone 6s
    Date / Time:
    2018:04:11 14:35:53
    Exposure Time:
    1/17 sec
    ISO Speed Rating:
    ISO 500
    Focal Length:
    4.15 mm

    Note: EXIF data is stored on valid file types when a photo is uploaded. The photo may have been manipulated since upload (rotated, flipped, cropped etc).

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.