black stuff on the knee

conipto

ArachnoPrincess
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Is this 'black stuff' shiny, and hairless spots on the T? might just be where the hair has rubbed off the exoskeleton, as is common in almost all wild-caught tarantulas. Did you just aqcuire this T or is this a long term captive with a recent 'black stuff' spot? Give us the history of this animal, someone may be more likely to help.

Bill
 

extrovertinvert

Arachnopeon
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i got him wild caught and he developed this black smudge a few weeks ago it hasn't molted yet in my care. and it won't gain weight. its ate around a dozen crickets but not even the slightest growth in the abdomin.
 

Phillip

Arachnoprince
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dont worry...

Just typical premolt look. The knee joints and sometimes other areas can get shiny and crappy looking prior to a molt. Looks like a typical wildcaught needing a molt to me.

Phil
 
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