- Aug 17, 2002
Last night I was removing prey from my slings' containers and discovered my Ephebopus cyanognathus was molting. Two hours later I checked on it again and it didn't seem to have made much progress and the substrate was pretty dry so I added some water to its deli cup and the water flooded around the edges a bit but it was nowhere near touching the sling and it was receding pretty quickly so I replaced the lid and put the spider back. This morning I looked in and no more progress had been made. I was upset until I noticed, behind a ridge of silk around the side of the cup, the fully molted spider. I was really happy and surprised until I discovered it was curled up. I poked it gently a few times and got no response. It was sitting right where the water pooled up in the cup last night. I left it, just in case it was simply weak from the molt, but I just checked on it and it is definitely dead. I think perhaps I drowned it, but it really sucks because it had been doing very well and was fast becoming one of my favorites.