Is he dead?

hookpits

Arachnopeon
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My adult a. Avic has been on his back on the bottom of his enclosure for over 24 hours now and i'm starting to worry. I don't want to disturb him if he's still alive but it's getting to be quite a while now. Any ideas?
 

Vespula

Arachnodemon
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He could possibly be just molting. Tarantulas rarely die on their backs. I wouldn't mess with it.
 

flamesbane

Arachnobaron
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Molting (legs stretched out, or carapace popped) or death curl (Legs curled to the center of the body)? If it is on it's back it is probably molting...

As far as tarantulas go, don't assume it's dead til it starts to stink...
 

hassman789

Arachnobaron
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Molting (legs stretched out, or carapace popped) or death curl (Legs curled to the center of the body)? If it is on it's back it is probably molting...

As far as tarantulas go, don't assume it's dead til it starts to stink...
You mean assume it's ALIVE until it stinks!;)
 

hookpits

Arachnopeon
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He's on his back, legs curled in, and i can't see if carapace is popped. I'll try to post a pic tonight if not moved
 

xhexdx

ArachnoGod
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Mature male, could be attempting a post-ultimate molt.

Best of luck - it's really not very likely it'll survive much longer, regardless.

if its moltin dont forget to bump the humidity
This makes no difference - internal hydration is what's important, not external hydration.
 
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