I injured her

Lucky123

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I was catching a senior female Phidippus Audax, and I accidentally injured her front leg. I don’t want to release her because this injury seems to have impaired her ability to get around. What should I do, should I somehow disable her prey? Like take off their legs or, is their some other care that I must take attention to. Does anyone else have any experience caring for an Injured jumping spider?
 

Poonjab

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Just feed smaller prey, like normal. You’re going to have to observe and alter feeding accordingly to how it responds.
 

Lucky123

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Thanks, I don’t actually think she is a senior anymore, I think she is in premolt, on her way to the sixth instar.
 

Lucky123

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Whoa, I just got a ventral view and it turns out it is just an extremely fat male!
 

ReignofInvertebrates

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If it’s about to molt it will hopefully grow the leg back. In the meantime small prey should work. I would use pre-killed as a last resort if that doesn’t work.
 

Lucky123

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He ended up dropping two, I think I didn’t notice the other one
 

Lucky123

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He molted but since he was already so close to molting he didn't regrow it first and second leg on his right side, I feel really bad so I am obligated to make his life even better than when he had all of his legs. He is now 5th instar
 

Lucky123

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Arrgghhh, I hate my clumsiness, I saw a young mantis so I caught it but when I was transferring it to a new enclosure I injured it’s leg. I know next to nothing about caring for mantises especially for one with impaired mobility
 
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