Faking the Death Curl

mfm96

Arachnopeon
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One of my female C. Ritae had her legs in an almost deathcurl, all the legs were bent under her almost as far as it would go with a death curl. She was not her back, more leaning to the side.
She has not been taking food the last week(tried 2 times, with 3 days inbetween). And she is really defensive and striking anything that comes to her web. Pre - molt behaviour maybe? Anyone experienced anything similar ?
 

ledzeppelin

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They do tend to act weird during the last days of premolt. Although in my experience they are nore skittish than defensive. I would say premolt anyway.
 

mfm96

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Best photos i can manage while she is hiding. Last molt was about 45-60 days ago, info from the seller. But she is already a 2 cm in body length, that is about as big as they get. Humidity ranges from 60-80%. temperatur 22-25 C. It looks like there may be some darkening on the abdomen. My MM is a lot more orange and shiny on the shield.
Edit: Forgot to mention, after shining a light on her for a little bit she went back to normal stance like in the pictures, hence the faking. IMGP9237.jpg IMGP9238.jpg IMGP9240.jpg
 
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TownesVanZandt

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Best photos i can manage while she is hiding. Last molt was about 45-60 days ago, info from the seller. But she is already a 2 cm in body length, that is about as big as they get. Humidity ranges from 60-80%. temperatur 22-25 C. It looks like there may be some darkening on the abdomen. My MM is a lot more orange and shiny on the shield. View attachment 239652 View attachment 239653 View attachment 239654
Ah, she looks quite plump to me. I´d say she´s most likely in premoult. Just keep the water dish filled and leave her be for now :)
 
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