- May 13, 2017
I have a Mexican red knee tarantula who is about a year old. She's the first tarantula I've had, and I inherited her so that she wouldn't have to be given up to a pet store, so I still don't know everything. She has successfully molted twice before, without me even noticing she was in pre molt, so she went through it fairly quickly. The past times she only refused food for maybe a couple weeks before. This time around, she is showing all of the "signs" of pre molt: very dull color, swollen and shiny bum with bald patches, sluggish and moody, and refusing food. However, this time she has refused food for about 3-4 months. I tried to feed her about a month ago and she got aggressive towards me, which she had never done before (so I assumed she really didn't want to be bothered). I'm keeping her water dish the same as always, filled every two days with a sponge in it for her to drink from and to soak up the excess water. Is there something I'm doing that could be keeping her from molting, or is this normal? The conditions are the same as the last times she molted successfully.