Concern over new arrival

YagerManJennsen

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Got an A. metallica today. When she was climbing the sides of the enclosure I noticed her mouth parts didn't exactly look normal. Also I noticed clear fluid sort of oozing down from the mouth area, that was right after she got a drink so it may have been water? Looks like half a fang us missing also. So I decided to post to see what you guys think of it 20160921_215323.jpg 20160921_215229.jpg
 

Venom1080

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oh man, you have the worst luck with new arrivals..:(

looks like the fang is chipped from those pics. i think it was just water, never heard of a T leaking from its fangs. shouldnt be a issue overall as it has one functional fang left. feed it a lot of maimed prey items to get it to its next molt quickly.
 

YagerManJennsen

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oh man, you have the worst luck with new arrivals..:(

looks like the fang is chipped from those pics. i think it was just water, never heard of a T leaking from its fangs. shouldnt be a issue overall as it has one functional fang left. feed it a lot of maimed prey items to get it to its next molt quickly.
The pictures do not do it justice. The mouth area as a whole look just plain disturbing and it gave me that sort of grossed out feeling that you get after watching a really disturbing movie.
 

Venom1080

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The pictures do not do it justice. The mouth area as a whole look just plain disturbing and it gave me that sort of grossed out feeling that you get after watching a really disturbing movie.
it does look grotesque.. better pics are probably needed here.
 

YagerManJennsen

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it does look grotesque.. better pics are probably needed here.
tomorrow in better light i'll see if I can get a marco shot of just the fangs. Also she is not able to climb the platsic very well, probably need to rehouse anyway. Te enclosure is more of a temporary one.
 

Jones0911

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When was her last molt?

Usually Ts dont have issues climbing anything especially aboreals, unless its around molting time.
 

YagerManJennsen

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For clarification purposes: the fangs and area surrounding look alot better now, I think the wetness around her mouth from drinking was deceiving me, making it look worse than it is. The fang is still the same I am if she could possibly molt ahead of schedule to fix it, it might not be severe enough.
 

sdsnybny

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If she cant readily climb the enclosure walls she is close to a molt I don't think I would move her till a week or so after the molt. Avics don't' mind tight quarters.
 

YagerManJennsen

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If she cant readily climb the enclosure walls she is close to a molt I don't think I would move her till a week or so after the molt. Avics don't' mind tight quarters.
That's good to know, I have not observed the difficulty climbing before a molt before.
Only with MMs
 

sdsnybny

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That's good to know, I have not observed the difficulty climbing before a molt before.
Only with MMs
As the new exo/foot pads form under the old ones they loose there grip, so smooth surfaces are tough to stick to. Their tarsal claws still grip natural uneven surfaces.
 

viper69

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I've observed some of my CB Avics with a mouth area that wet. At first glance it does appear as if something is not "normal", but there was nothing wrong with them. If yours is a WC specimen, I'd monitor that region over time to make sure everything appears to be normal looking. There are people selling A. metallica slings, so I hope it's not WC.
 

YagerManJennsen

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I've observed some of my CB Avics with a mouth area that wet. At first glance it does appear as if something is not "normal", but there was nothing wrong with them. If yours is a WC specimen, I'd monitor that region over time to make sure everything appears to be normal looking. There are people selling A. metallica slings, so I hope it's not WC.
It is indeed Wild caught, the seller held onto her for a couple months to check for parasites.
 
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