Camel spider molting

Patobraszki

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Hello,

This is my first post here. I've been following Arachnoboards for information on camel spiders for quite some time and now I'd like to give something back. One of our camel spiders has recently molted, so I'd like to share my observations and photos:
1) Unlike with tarantulas, with camel spiders the process is very long and can even take several weeks (three in our case). It begins with the camel spider taking the rather unusual position, as seen in the first photo. The tip here is: be patient and late it take as much time as needed. Nothing is wrong. I've read many reports on camel spiders living for very short periods of time and it makes me wonder how many of these cases were camel spiders thrown away still alive, but still molting... At one point we were sure ours was dead, but we decided to wait.
2) With the process underway, the camel spider ceases all activity and at some point becomes completely unresponsive. It actually appears to be dead. So here's a tip: it's not dead, so if you experience something like this, just keep waiting and don't get rid of the "carcass".
3) After a couple of weeks the rest of the molting process happens rather fast and lasts for about a day. And once it's completed, you can enjoy your "new" camel spider. Ours is still "fresh" and now we are still not certain if the molt went well, because we simply have no experience with them and information is scarce.
So, how about your experiences? Would you like to share some observations?
 

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Ferrachi

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Very interesting... Good to know, I do plan on getting one when I'm able to source one out

Thank you for sharing :)
 

Patobraszki

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They're also said to hibernate for winter months, so that's another possible period of staying inactive, but in this case the body position was characteristic for molting. Besides, we're having a super hot summer this year, so hibernation wasn't really an option :)
 

ReignofInvertebrates

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This is good to know. I had one come out of its shipping box motionless and legs slightly raised like in your photos. I assumed it was in premolt so I set it up, but no movement for several days and it started to smell a bit so I tossed it assuming it died. Do you know if they can survive being disturbed during this process?
 

Patobraszki

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We've checked ours for life signs/reaction during its premolt state (slight poking, blowing, etc.) a couple of times. Normally it shouldn't be done, but we wanted to make sure it was still alive (this was our first camel spider molting, so next time we won't be trying any of this), and in the end none of our actions disturbed the process. The final stage is the crucial one, so that's when we stopped all interaction. Then again, ours didn't smell dead, but molting can always go wrong, just like with tarantulas.
 

Royalty

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I used to think these were one of the creepiest creepies but lately I have found them so adorable! Yours is very cute. I think I might get one.
 

Ferrachi

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I used to think these were one of the creepiest creepies but lately I have found them so adorable! Yours is very cute. I think I might get one.
Same here, I thought they were pretty creepy looking as well. I've seen many videos of them beating up on scorpions and widows... Now I'm trying to source one for myself :rofl:
 

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Do you know if they can survive being disturbed during this process?
I've heard disturbing them even slightly during that time can prove fatal, and if the poor thing was shipped while in that position, it was probably already too far gone upon arrival.
 

Kaz Boots

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This is extremely valuable information. I researched them many years ago when I first saw them and never saw any information on molting. I knew they molted but no information on time frame or details. I have been reading the scant information online for over a week as I now have 3 and wanted to see if any new info was available and have not come across info on molting. I have never had a tarantula so have not seen the position in tarantulas and would have expected a faster molt like my scorpions and I usually just find the molt and the few I saw curled it has been over pretty fast. I would never have expected 3 weeks.
 
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