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  1. 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.)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
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