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Jenbond95

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I have a Venuzalan Suntiger sling and he is on his back stuck in the web. He hasn't moved for 2 days and I haven't touched him... I want to believe he is molting but I don't know. Any advice would be great.
 

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It's been like this for two days? You're not exaggerating?

If that's the case, it's not good. Does it move at all if you lightly touch it with a straw?
 

Jenbond95

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It's been like this for two days? You're not exaggerating?

If that's the case, it's not good. Does it move at all if you lightly touch it with a straw?
No exaggeration and no movement. I just barley touched a leg but it didn't move and it was stiff
 

Jenbond95

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It's been like this for two days? You're not exaggerating?

If that's the case, it's not good. Does it move at all if you lightly touch it with a straw?
and I can't really see under it well but I can tell that nothing is under it so if it's trying to molt then it hasn't started pushing out.. It hasn't eaten in a few days and it had a small butt and it didn't look shiny
 

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No exaggeration and no movement. I just barley touched a leg but it didn't move and it was stiff
That's a dead spider, I'm sorry. Even if they're molting, they have some movement and they're not stiff. I bet that if you look at the abdomen, it's shriveled and/or sunken in.

I'm sorry :( It happens, honestly. I lost a handful of slings this past winter. Some my fault, others not. It's unfortunately part of this hobby.
 
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Jenbond95

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That's a dead spider, I'm sorry. Even if they're molting, they have some movement and they're not stuff. I bet that if you look at the abdomen, it's shriveled and/or sunken in.

I'm sorry :( It happens, honestly. I lost a handful of slings this past winter. Some my fault, others not. It's unfortunately part of this hobby.
Nooo how long should I wait to be sure... What would have caused it?? It was fine last week...
 

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It kinda looks like he's hanging out underneath the web. Maybe not molting but just chilling. If he is molting all you can do is wait it out unfortunately. It's just to small to try and help. Moving it will only cause damage.
 

Jenbond95

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It kinda looks like he's hanging out underneath the web. Maybe not molting but just chilling. If he is molting all you can do is wait it out unfortunately. It's just to small to try and help. Moving it will only cause damage.
That's what I thought at first but he's not moving at all and it's been 2 days...
 

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Of course, it's nothing but speculation. My vote is a dead spider, but I do hope that I'm wrong.

I see you live in Georgia, meaning that you likely have heat running right now. Enclosures dry out extremely quickly during the winter, and if you weren't misting or had a water dish for drinking water, then it simply dehydrated. That's exactly what took out a couple of my slings.

Leave it for about a week. If it's the same by then... yeah.
 

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Of course, it's nothing but speculation. My vote is a dead spider, but I do hope that I'm wrong.

I see you live in Georgia, meaning that you likely have heat running right now. Enclosures dry out extremely quickly during the winter, and if you weren't misting or had a water dish for drinking water, then it simply dehydrated. That's exactly what took out a couple of my slings.

Leave it for about a week. If it's the same by then... yeah.

That's the video we made when we found him... And we do have the heat on at night but we keep the enclosures well misted
 

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@Jenbond95 so sorry. At a further look the abdomen does appear to be shriveled a bit. Two days at that size it should have molted by now.
 

Jenbond95

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@Jenbond95 so sorry. At a further look the abdomen does appear to be shriveled a bit. Two days at that size it should have molted by now.
well when would be safe to take him out and what should I do to prevent this from happening to my other ts... I have them all in the same type enclosure and they are all fine... I'm really upset.. He was my favorite
 

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I mean... just, next time look into the proper care of a species before buying it. There was a lot wrong with that enclosure. From what you described, it was way too humid. That's also a terrestrial setup, wholly unsuitable for an arboreal. Ventilation also looked to be lacking.

What other species do you have? We need to remedy this as soon as possible.
 

Jenbond95

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I mean... just, next time look into the proper care of a species before buying it. There was a lot wrong with that enclosure. From what you described, it was way too humid. That's also a terrestrial setup, wholly unsuitable for an arboreal. Ventilation also looked to be lacking.

What other species do you have? We need to remedy this as soon as possible.
Look at the other videos on that channel
 

EulersK

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Look at the other videos on that channel
I will tomorrow, unless someone beats me to it. Definitely bed time for me out here. Again, I'm sorry about your spider. We'll make sure it doesn't happen again.
 

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Don't get caught up on humidity, you'll do more harm than good. That enclosure was unsuitable and should've been similar to the A. versicolor with better ventilation and a bigger deli cup. That A. versicolor is going to need better cross ventilation.
 
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