- Feb 16, 2005
I caught my P. everetti molting yesterday, and her pose seemed off where her abdomen and hind legs were free but her front legs and pedipalps were still inside. Later that night, this hadn't changed and I was forced to intervene. I don't know how she ended up molting the way she did, but the exuvia had dried while her legs were still inside. I surgically freed all of the trapped legs, but they're gnarled and noodle-like. Even the back pair that she freed on her own are totally limp. She's alive and as responsive as a recently-molted tarantula can be, but totally disabled. I also suspect internal damage since her abdomen was covered in feces and is slightly swollen on her right ride. I will be keeping an extremely close eye on her condition and attempting to nurse her through this instar, but....it looks really bad.