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Molt stuck to tarantula

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Tyler Lawrence, Jan 16, 2020.

  1. Tyler Lawrence

    Tyler Lawrence Arachnopeon

    Hello, my GBB has molted for the first time and in my care. It appeared that he fully molted, but his molt seem to be stuck to his abdomen by a small part.
    I'm not very experienced in keeping tarantulas. So is this normal? I have kept 2 tarantulas previously that both molted multiple times IMG_20200115_145116.jpg without issue.
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  2. Cornex

    Cornex Arachnopeon Active Member

    I can't really see where it is stuck. But if its only a small part and not at the spinnerets i would try to remove the molt. Be very cautious and use a tweezer of couse
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  3. Brachyfan

    Brachyfan Arachnobaron Active Member

    Looks almost like a spinarrette is stuck.
    @cold blood @Ungoliant @Vanessa
    Any ideas? I would make a suggestion but am worried about causing more harm.
  4. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    just grab the molt and let the sling pull it away.....the longer you wait, the more stuck it will become.
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  5. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnoreaper Arachnosupporter

    Moisten a Q-tip, grab the moult with a pair of tweezers, dab the stuck area with the Q-tip to loosen it and let the sling pull itself free from the moult (don't pull the moult from the sling).
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  6. Swagg

    Swagg Arachnosquire Active Member

    How big of a deal is it if the T drops a spinneret?
  7. jrh3

    jrh3 ArachnoTitan Arachnosupporter

    I had a P. Pulcher with 1 spinneret and I noticed no issues at all.
  8. Tyler Lawrence

    Tyler Lawrence Arachnopeon

    Thanks for the help. He got it off himself, and appears to not be damaged.
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  9. FrDoc

    FrDoc Gen. 1:24-25 Arachnosupporter

    The spinnerets per se are not the concern. However, an exuvia stuck to that area could effect the anus. Consequently, separating the exuvia from that general area as soon as possible is imperative.
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  10. Brachyfan

    Brachyfan Arachnobaron Active Member

    Glad to hear it! Make sure to give it lots ov water and hold off feeding till it's fangs are black. For slings I just wait a week. Juvies around 10 days and adults I try to wait 3 weeks to a month. Of course if you can see that the fangs are black then try to feed :)
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2020
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