molting

  1. She is free!

    She is free!

    The molt is completely off now. Looks like a rehousing in a couple of weeks.
  2. Old clothes coming off.

    Old clothes coming off.

    It is always fascinating to see no matter how many times we've seen it.
  3. Time to get bigger

    Time to get bigger

    A perfect example of a molting mat and my P. platyomma molting. Last molt she nearly doubled in size. I will be excited to see how this turns out.
  4. 2" Acanthoscurria geniculata [ventral sexing]

    2" Acanthoscurria geniculata [ventral sexing]

    A genic preparing to molt. ~2"
  5. Consummate Pre-Molt Picture

    Consummate Pre-Molt Picture

    When anyone poses the question, “Is my ___ in pre-molt?” We can link to this with the caption, “If it looks like this.” Isn’t this textbook though? Little round mat, all spread out ready to jump into the new clothes. Doesn’t get anymore pre-molt than this. BTW: little G. rosea.
  6. Ungoliant

    Kukulcania hibernalis Molt Surgery

    She-Ra, a mature female Kukulcania hibernalis (southern house spider) I've had for over 7 years, was hopelessly stuck in her molt. I wasn't confident that I could help her, because these spiders are so small and delicate when compared to tarantulas, and she had not even begun to extract her...
  7. Kukulcania hibernalis Molt Surgery [7/7]

    Kukulcania hibernalis Molt Surgery [7/7]

    I gently placed her back in her web so she can recover. She is a fighter, and I hope she pulls through. (The leg at the end of her abdomen is from a previous molt.)
  8. Kukulcania hibernalis Molt Surgery [6/7]

    Kukulcania hibernalis Molt Surgery [6/7]

    Here she is after the surgery. She looks rough, and some of the legs may harden crooked, but she is very much alive.
  9. Kukulcania hibernalis Molt Surgery [5/7]

    Kukulcania hibernalis Molt Surgery [5/7]

    Eventually I had removed as much of the old abdomen as I could without tearing the delicate skin of the new abdomen. (I'm not sure, but there might still be trace amounts around the pedicel and book lungs.) Then I saw that one of her left legs was still encased in the old exoskeleton.
  10. Kukulcania hibernalis Molt Surgery [4/7]

    Kukulcania hibernalis Molt Surgery [4/7]

    Having removed the loose, easy sections, I could see that some of the abdomen appeared to be stuck around the book lungs and epigastric furrow. I continued using the water dropper to try to soften and separate.
  11. Kukulcania hibernalis Molt Surgery [3/7]

    Kukulcania hibernalis Molt Surgery [3/7]

    Next I turned my attention to the abdomen. She had made no progress extracting her abdomen save for a small opening near the sternum. I used the water dropper to fill the abdominal cavity with water and then backlit the area so I could separate the old abdomen from the new one.
  12. Kukulcania hibernalis Molt Surgery [2/7]

    Kukulcania hibernalis Molt Surgery [2/7]

    First I worked on the two right legs that were stuck near the knee joint. I used my dropper to insert water into the femur tube as lubricant and gently pulled to free the legs. The first leg was easier than the second.
  13. Kukulcania hibernalis Molt Surgery [1/7]

    Kukulcania hibernalis Molt Surgery [1/7]

    She-Ra, a mature female Kuk I've had for over 7 years, was hopelessly stuck in her molt. I wasn't confident that I could help her, because these spiders are so small and delicate when compared to tarantulas, and she had not even begun to extract her abdomen.
  14. irrefutable proof

    irrefutable proof

    Pterinopelma sazimais do actually molt !
  15. Molting Kukulcania hibernalis

    Molting Kukulcania hibernalis

    "Sideways Sally" (she is called that, because she normally sits with her butt facing out of the retreat) has been living in my house for well over a year. She had one brood of spiderlings last fall, and now she's made a second egg sac.
  16. Finally! (♀ Grammostola pulchra 3.5")

    Finally! (♀ Grammostola pulchra 3.5")

    FINALLY, Bulldozer is molting again after 2 years, 5 months, and 24 days.
  17. Chaco Golden Knee moulting

    Chaco Golden Knee moulting

    A quick view of molting of my Grammostola Pulchripes.
  18. L.Nigerrimum Motling!

    L.Nigerrimum Motling!

    What a nice surprise. She doubled in size, her whole body takes up the enclosure. Time for a rehouse i guess (not gonna be fun at all)
  19. Woke up and came to this

    Woke up and came to this

    My A. bicoloratum decided to molt while I was sleeping. I can't wait to see how much bigger it's gotten. Maybe I'll be able to sex it after I get the excuviae. Also, is there any way to make sure it's A. bicoloratum and not B. boehmei? I don't know if the seller can be trusted.
  20. Molting in progress

    Molting in progress

    Curly Hair successfully molted. Very smooth and fast.
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