Molting problem (Chilean Rose)

uddz

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Hi,
I have a Chilean Rose and she began molting on tuesday night. I noticed she was on her back @ around 2am Wednesday morning. at around 11am she strated to pull herself out of the old skin. However, she stopped. She has not moved for a while and we are almost 24hrs in! My other Chlie molts very quickly indeed, and whilst I know this can take a while, I am just a bit concerned by the complete lack of movement. I have attached a pic showing her current position and I have taken a few more which i have uploaded but cant seem to attach. (which she has been in for quite some time)
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated
 
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pok2010

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to be honest mate, she looks stuck to me....

how long has she been static, like this ??
 

uddz

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to be honest I am not entirely sure, I was told it was a female, and to be honest I never really thought to much else of it. Are you thinking if it is indeed a male, it may have just come to the end of its life.
"it" is to impersonal, I'm going with She just in case. I only bought her maybe a month or so ago. She ate like there was no tomorrow then stopped and i assumed she preparing to shed. Then she did... well almost did.
I have increased humidity by misting the viv walls but not sure what else i can do
 

uddz

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Thank you Salamanderhead.
Why is the sub no good? The pet shop reccomended this. I was thinking of changing perhaps coconot rusk or some peat?
 

Salamanderhead

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My pet shop told me to use kitty litter. Pet stores generally know nothing about tarantulas. Wood chips are abrasive and I would imagine not the most comfortable surface to live on. Plus if the tarantula wants to burrow it really can't.

Peat moss is a great substrate and it looks nice.
 

uddz

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They seem to know what they are talking about as they are a reptile/arachnid specialist place. However, the more I read, the less convinced i am about bark.

Thanks... Just hope the increase in humidity helps her out.

Cheers
 

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They seem to know what they are talking about as they are a reptile/arachnid specialist place. However, the more I read, the less convinced i am about bark.

Thanks... Just hope the increase in humidity helps her out.

Cheers
Ditch the bark. Increase humidity and use the search function to find other stuck spider threads lot of good suggestions in them.
 

pok2010

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what everyone else has said, although i think, that raising the humidity is to late....

how many legs has she/he got stuck, from this photo it looks to be the 1 ??

personally what i would do and have done with succes is to help her out of it now... its a long steady proccess so patience is a must, if you look into the search function, im sure theres more indepth details there mate with pictures
 

uddz

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Yeah, it sure does look that way...
Although, i have just checked on her and I think there is more of her in the molt than out if it! Her abdomen and one back leg is completely out, but the rest of her is stuck i think. She still has a bit of fight left in her, as her one good leg was not too impressed with me and my very gently inspection.
I have just put her in a wet ICU to help soften the molt and I will give her a few hours and see what happens. But I might start some emergency surgery later tonight, and i am already nervous just thinking about that prospect but, if i leave her she dies trapped in her molt right? so I gotta try!
 

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Did it have hooks under it's first pair of legs? Were it's pedipalps balled up like boxing gloves?
 

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Why is the sub no good? The pet shop reccomended this.
Certain woods, such as Cedar and Pine, contain plicatic acid which is a natural insecticide and insect repellent. Pet shops love to recommend wood chips because of its ability to repel mites, bacteria, and it keeps smells down to a minimum. The oils in these woods are toxic to spiders and has been documented to cause respiratory stress in small mammals. I wouldn't recommend wood chips for anything.
 

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try placing the tank in the bathroom and run a hot shower ( LEAVE HER BY THE DOOR) it seems to help for other people and im sure the one leg in the picture is broken so it will more then likey drop it
 

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They seem to know what they are talking about as they are a reptile/arachnid specialist place. However, the more I read, the less convinced i am about bark.
No sorry they're not. Pet stores are anything but animal specialists. They're salesmen/women.
 

uddz

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Well that was intense! Thanks everyone for your input.
I am afraid things were in a very bad state. She had managed to pull her left leg iv out and it was in good shape. The two up from this (legs ii and iii) were fused together, so I did my best to moisten and remove the remaining molt that had glued them with some success. The same thing happened on the right side but to a worse degree as legs ii, iii, and iv were intertwined and stuck together. I managed to free leg ii, but could not do anything with iii and iv short of pulling them off (which i did not do).
Most of her underside needed "freeing" also. So all the coxa, pedicel and mouth and fangs needed to be removed. I was very very gentle, but with all this trauma and the lack of leg function she will have, I just cant see how she will survive this. But If I would have left her there is no way she would have got out of all that.
I have put her back into the ICU and not to sure should I put her on her back or not?
Once again, thanks for the advice.
Dean.
 

Chris_Skeleton

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Well that was intense! Thanks everyone for your input.
I am afraid things were in a very bad state. She had managed to pull her left leg iv out and it was in good shape. The two up from this (legs ii and iii) were fused together, so I did my best to moisten and remove the remaining molt that had glued them with some success. The same thing happened on the right side but to a worse degree as legs ii, iii, and iv were intertwined and stuck together. I managed to free leg ii, but could not do anything with iii and iv short of pulling them off (which i did not do).
Most of her underside needed "freeing" also. So all the coxa, pedicel and mouth and fangs needed to be removed. I was very very gentle, but with all this trauma and the lack of leg function she will have, I just cant see how she will survive this. But If I would have left her there is no way she would have got out of all that.
I have put her back into the ICU and not to sure should I put her on her back or not?
Once again, thanks for the advice.
Dean.
Did it have hooks under its first two legs?
 

uddz

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it did under leg ii, but tough to say for leg 1. wasn't sure what you menat by "were pedipalps balled up like boxing gloves" but they are tucked underneath her.
 
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