In the middle of the night, I felt this spider crawling on my forehead. Fortunately for him, I was sufficiently awake that I didn't reflexively squish him. I brushed him off, captured him, and released him near a female's web the next day.
She made this sac about two weeks ago and has been an amazing mom. She’s been very slim, though, so I offered her a mealworm and she’s casually snacking on it while guarding her sac. Such a good mama ♥️
Two days ago, I extracted this freshly matured male from a roach bait tray. He'd been living there for months until he matured, undeterred by the poison. When the weather is nice, I will release him where there are lots of females.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.