a black spot?

illcosby

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sorry for the noob question but i just noticed my B Smithi is starting to develop a big bloack spot on his back. does this mean its getting ready to molt? thanks
 

illcosby

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cool thanks! so should i do anything differently? i've read that crickets and harm the tarantula while it is molting so when should i stop offering it food before it molts?
 

jen650s

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If it's still eating you can feed it until it stops. If it eats regularly and refuses food take the food out for a couple days. If it still doesn't molt try again. All of my Brachypelma slings start with a black or dark spot that progresses to the entire abdomen before they molt. The tend to have short 2-3 pre-molt periods at most when they are that small and short recoveries which get progressively longer as they mature. It's always exciting and just a little scary when molt time gets near. I've had 12 molts in the past 10 days and actually caught about 5 of them in the act which is always fascinating. Good luck with getting to watch.

---Jen
 

WARPIG

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When my B smithi was that size, and he got a shiney hiney, I stopped feeding him, no need to stress him out. He took about a week from complete black booty to molt. Just insure he has a water dish at all times.

good luck-
 

P. Novak

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Yup, definately looks like a molt should be coming up real soon. I would remove and prey items and maybe mist the side of the container a bit, don't soak it though. I wish you the best of luck for a successful molt. Molts are always exciting! :D
 

illcosby

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thanks for the warm wishes and the advice everyone! this is my first molt (as a T keeper) so we'll see how it goes... i've got my fingers crossed haha
 
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