A. chalcodes on its back

D-Man

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Chico (or Chica) is on its back right now. I added some water to the cage to bring up humidity. This is my first molt of a non-sling, so I'm pretty excited. My slings get through it in a few hours, tops - Chico/a has been on its back for 2 hours and no break on the exo yet. It's about 2.5" now and is missing a palp & 1st leg. Can't wait to see its new lenght and nubs!
 

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Hey D-man,

Good luck with the molt. Hopefully the missing leg and palp will regenerate( that is still a miracle to me how they can do that).
 

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Good luck...I hope the little beastie pulls through okay with some new appendages.:D
 

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Thanks, guys!

The carapace just popped!!!!

I wonder, though.... some people say humidity is overrated, but, how important is humidity during a molt? Hmmmm? :?
 

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Re: Thanks, guys!

Originally posted by D-Man
The carapace just popped!!!!

I wonder, though.... some people say humidity is overrated, but, how important is humidity during a molt? Hmmmm? :?
I don't know. My Lasiodorides striatus molted just fine without any excess humidity added to the vivarium. And she was fine while her exoskeleton hardened to. Within 12 hours after being in a molt position she was her little pisspot, anti-social self. Of course I think the key is that while in pre-molt she sucked in alot of water.
 

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If raising the humidity won't hurt and might help then I'd make an effort to raise humidity as long as I could do it without stressing the molting T out.
 

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All done

The molt was complete about an hour ago, so it took about 3-1/2 hours. I thought the regenerated palp & leg would be just nubs - they look pretty full. I don't have a good look yet 'cause its tanning in the back end of its pvc hide where its warmer. I keep it in the 80's all the time; usually about 60-65% humidity, but when it flipped over on its bed of silk, I kicked it up to 85%.
 

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Sweet that you got to watch your A. chalcodes molt.
I have at least 6 Aphonopelma sp. and have never seen any of them molt. It seems like their never going too. I've had two of them for over a year without molting. I guess thats why they live for 25+ years.

Did you get any pictures?

ET
 

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Dead camera

Originally posted by MrT
Sweet that you got to watch your A. chalcodes molt. Did you get any pictures?

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My camera needs a battery, plus I need a better lens. I have a Kodak digital. I wish a caught it on pics!
 

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Re: Thanks, guys!

Originally posted by D-Man
The carapace just popped!!!!

I wonder, though.... some people say humidity is overrated, but, how important is humidity during a molt? Hmmmm? :?
for many t's (aphonopelmas, brachypelmas, grammostolas, to name a few spp.) I feel as long as they have a water dish and are able to hydrate themselves as needed than the lack of humidity is not worth worrying or stressing over EXCEPT for lings and smallish juvs IMHO. I am of the opinion that adding water either by misting or wetting the substrate after the molt has started will only stress the tarantula. I keep the above spp. on bone dry coconut noir (forest bed) with a water dish available at all times and never or extremely rarely have had any molt problems. other more humidity sensitive t's are another subject.....
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Bad molts

It would probably make more sense to hear the accounts of people that experienced bad molts. Sounds like an idea!

Is your chalcodes a juvie?
 

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Re: Bad molts

Originally posted by D-Man
It would probably make more sense to hear the accounts of people that experienced bad molts. Sounds like an idea!

Is your chalcodes a juvie?
she is an adult female I got @ the Vivarium in Berkeley many years ago, she molts about once a year or so.
when I was having problems with phorid flies I let everything dry out for up to 6 weeks, including the water dishes.....had several molts without problems even then. this was really pushing their limits and I would NOT recommend this practice (I was determined to get rid of those #%@&* flies once and for all!)
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Re: Dead camera

Originally posted by D-Man
My camera needs a battery, plus I need a better lens. I have a Kodak digital. I wish a caught it on pics!
Thats to bad, maybe next time.

Heres a pic. of mine. About a 6" legspan and very mello.

Ernie
 

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extremely mellow

I accidentally cupped mine after catching it when it slipped off the side of its cage and I didn't get a bite for the stupid reaction. It fell to floor after bouncing on the desk the first time it slipped. I don't let him/her cruise on the edge anymore.
 
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