Help with a molting question.

The Main Evil

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My Brachypelma boehmei molted back in July, and I’ve been feeding her for a while now. About once a week. She’s about an inch and a half long when fully extended. She has a very big abdomen. It’s big side to side and very big up and down. I was thinking she is in premolt. What do you think?
 

CommanderBacon

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Usually with specimens that size, you'll notice them darken in coloration all over their body and abdomen, and that is a clear indicator that they're entering premolt, but we'd have to get a good look at your sling to be sure.

I tend to stop feeding mine before they get TOO fat, but in my experience, NW species will usually stop eating when they've taken in enough nutrients to enter premolt. I mean, not all the time, but ya know.
 

The Main Evil

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Usually with specimens that size, you'll notice them darken in coloration all over their body and abdomen, and that is a clear indicator that they're entering premolt, but we'd have to get a good look at your sling to be sure.

I tend to stop feeding mine before they get TOO fat, but in my experience, NW species will usually stop eating when they've taken in enough nutrients to enter premolt. I mean, not all the time, but ya know.
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Usually with specimens that size, you'll notice them darken in coloration all over their body and abdomen, and that is a clear indicator that they're entering premolt, but we'd have to get a good look at your sling to be sure.

I tend to stop feeding mine before they get TOO fat, but in my experience, NW species will usually stop eating when they've taken in enough nutrients to enter premolt. I mean, not all the time, but ya know.
I have a lot of pictures of her. Should I upload them ina new thread?
 

Sarkhan42

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You can upload pictures in this thread just fine, and it honestly might be better for organization purposes. As Commander said it should be easily to tell when a molt is imminent, and at that size overfeeding is not a major concern.
 

Sarkhan42

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This is from earlier this evening.
Looks nice and healthy to me, but I wouldn't say a molt is absolutely imminent given there isn't any serious darkening that you might expect with a molt on the horizon. If she's started to reject prey, she's probably eaten plenty to be able to molt and just needs to take the time to finish production of a new exoskeleton.
 

viper69

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My Brachypelma boehmei molted back in July, and I’ve been feeding her for a while now. About once a week. She’s about an inch and a half long when fully extended. She has a very big abdomen. It’s big side to side and very big up and down. I was thinking she is in premolt. What do you think?
I need a pic

consolidate everything into one thread whenever possible.
What kind of CRAZY common sense is that!
 
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Teal

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Abdomen size is based on how much the T has eaten.

Abdomen colour of species who are pinkish as slings can indicate a molt coming up.
 
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