G. Pulchra ready to molt?!?!

Fauch1981

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I'm new to the hobby and I'm trying to gather as much information as possible to better care for my T's. I was wondering if there are any signs in behavior to tell if a T is preparing to molt?

Any information is much appreciated!!!

Thanks!
 

edesign

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yes, there are many many threads on this topic...try the "advanced search" under the "search" button (top right corner in the blue bar) and select the "Tarantula Q&A" forum :)

but...to save you a bit of searching (oddly out of character for me):

1) when they stop eating

2) their abdomens will change appearance to a blackish/brown color (if they're already black or brown T, you will notice a change...sometimes towards a gray color)

3) when they flip upside down :D (although, some molt right side up on very very rare occasions)
 

sick4x4

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haha he's right, it is out of character lol j/k;) , everything he said is good to go.

if its G. pulchras that we are talking about? what i usually do once i notice they're not eating or starting to get the faded look, is mist the tank alittle (not totally soaked, just a light mist) to increase the humidity a bit...which usually helps to insure all goes well..... other than that just sit back and enjoy the show!!!!
 

edesign

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lol...no reason to joke, i really hate answering questions like this that have been posed countless times before and generally point to the search engine and say, "use it" ;)

yeah, i did forget the bit about raising humidity a little bit (more important for slings than adults though).
 

Snipes

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both my pulchras molted recently (both look female :}! ) and i noticed that they turned from black to a sort of dusty dirty black instead of a nice velvety black. A day before the last one molted, i noticed it looked like that nice black again and it molted the next day. So i would wait for the faded black and then when it turns deep black the molt is imminent.
 
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