M. velvetosoma problem

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My velvetosoma is in pre-molt and her bald spot is completely black. However, today I noticed some kind of "sunken" parts on her abdomen. Could it have something to do with the new exoskeleton, or should I worry? Unfortunately I don't have a camera here so I can't take a picture.

She definitely isn't dehydrated.
 

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I can't believe what I'm reading.

A friend of mine brought me a juvenile/subadult Megaphobema velvetosoma from Peru (about 10 cm or 4'' inches legspan).
It was very healthy.. eating like a pig for some months, and then went into premolt.
After the molt, I noticed that her abdomen wasn't good.. it had a kind of protuberance on it. The exuvium didn't have the piece of the abdomen. I don't know what could it happened. It was really weird.
Now, I have to wait until it's fully harden to offer food, but it seems to be good. She isn't dehydrated either.

I really don't know which was the problem.. :(
 

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Well, it's comforting to know that I'm not alone. :) I'm pretty sure that my girl is going to molt within few days and then we'll see.
 

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yeah a picture would help, what kind of humidity do you have set for her???and what is the temp??
 

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yeah a picture would help, what kind of humidity do you have set for her???and what is the temp??
I keep the substrate almost the same as I keep it with X. immanis. So it's pretty damp and there should be enough humidity. Temps are about 75 F. The guy I bought her from, said he kept it even warmer without any problems.
 
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I keep the substrate almost the same as I keep it with X. immanis. So it's pretty damp and there should be enough humidity. Temps are about 75 F. The guy I bought her from, said he kept it even warmer without any problems.
umm im trying to rule out all of the normal megaphobema problems:? i'm trying to think of the culprit but am totally drawing a blank:wall: do you know if it was WC???? how long has been since it molted and had it hardened already?
 

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umm im trying to rule out all of the normal megaphobema problems:? i'm trying to think of the culprit but am totally drawing a blank:wall: do you know if it was WC???? how long has been since it molted and had it hardened already?
Yeah, it's probably WC. I have her in quarantine in case it's parasites. Last time she molted about 5 months ago. What do you mean had it hardened already? :? Like I said, she's in pre-molt now.
 

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She molted today but the abdomen still looks weird. :?
Man, that's a shit :(

Maybe it's a problem with this species? I've never seen something like this before.
I keep a good humidity with mine too, about 80%-90%, she has enough peat-moss to dig (and she did it), and she always has her waterdish filled too.
It's so weird...
 

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Or parasites. Our WC velvetosomas are probably from the same area.
 

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do you know if it was WC????
There are no CB M. velvetosoma that I know of. Maybe there was a small success somewhere in Europe at some point, ... but not that I know of.

Eric
 

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I noticed that her carapace also has a slight deformation, so I'm confident that it was just a bad molt. I think the abdomen started to change when the new deformed exoskeleton developed.

She seems to be doing fine for now.
 

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OK, here's a picture for you:



That lump actually looks worse in the picture. What do you think?
 

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hm, as the abdomen does not have an exoscelleton but only quite soft skin, i don't think it's only a bad molt. i'd say parasites, or something wrong with her internal organs. if it's the second, she may still live through it. btw, the colour seems strange for a velvetosoma...
 

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If it's parasites, how long would it take for them to burst out?
 

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I should add that the camera makes it look a little different. There definitely is an exoskeleton. The skin is only thin where the lump(s) is.
 
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