- Apr 20, 2019
I've had my ~1" G. pulchra for about 3.5 months now. In the beginning it was eating like a beast, I was feeding it roaches almost the size of its carapace every day. Its abdomen was of course very big and shiny so I started cutting back to once every 4-5 days. The bedding is dry coco fiber and a little vermiculite that I spray half of once a week, leaving droplets on the side for it to drink (although it always seems to avoid the moist side of the enclosure like the plague until it dries out). There is also a water dish that I always keep full. While the enclosure itself isn't heated, I do keep it in a closed cabinet along with other enclosures that are heated so the ambient temperature in there is probably in the mid/upper 70s. Seems to me like the conditions should be pretty good, yet it seems like it's frozen in a state of suspended animation. I keep hoping that it will start refusing food because it is in premolt, but it's still eating like a champ whenever I offer. My only other 2 tarantulas that I've kept many years ago were a rose hair and an Antilles pinktoe, but I seem to remember them molting very frequently when they were small like this. What's the deal? Is there anything that I should be doing differently or should I just keep on doing what I'm doing and play the waiting game?