Molting problem or just taking a long time?

bryanon

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Hi I have a Brachypelma vagans "Wuzzy" about 7-8 years ago I raised from a sling.
Just yesterday I found it was molting. It might have started over the weekend but I don't know exactly because I keep it at work. It was in this position yesterday too. I poked it carefully today with a small brush and there was no response or movement. What should I do?

In photo, old exoskeleton is to the left side and touching ground. Wuzzy has emerged partially, with her head and legs free but thorax still not done I think.

Thank you
 
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bryanon

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I just took another photo. Wuzzy still not moving. Should just leave her alone??
 

Misty Day

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That definitely looks abnormal to me. It looks like it could've been a wet molt. (Please correct me if I'm wrong). If she is stuck I'd carefully free her legs before they harden in the exo skeleton but wait for a second opinion, I'm not too experienced with bad molts.
 

DeanK

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I'm not sure what's happening here but your vagans is actually the 1 on the left in the 2 pics you posted. You can see the white fangs indicative of a T that just molted
 

bryanon

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Thanks .. yes you're right it is the one on the left side I think it is dead because I don't see any movement and the legs look limp. I will leave it like that just in case. After poking around at it it looks as though the thorax did not detach while molting. doesn't look good. it's a very sad day.
 

EulersK

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It definitely doesn't look good, I'm sorry :( I can't tell from the pictures, but if the book lungs on the abdomen never got free then it simply suffocated. Unfortunately, it happens from time to time.
 

Kymura

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Oh man...so sorry. Fingers crossed that it's just resting a moment.
 

Misty Day

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Just know that it wasn't your fault, sometimes these things just happen. :( Hoping for the best even though it doesn't look too good.
 

bryanon

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Thank you. I'm still in a state of disbelief. I took such good care of Wuzzy. Most people don't understand how we can keep T's as pets but they are incredibly fascinating and beautiful creatures. I just feel completely in shock and empty inside.
 

Crone Returns

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Thank you. I'm still in a state of disbelief. I took such good care of Wuzzy. Most people don't understand how we can keep T's as pets but they are incredibly fascinating and beautiful creatures. I just feel completely in shock and empty inside.
So sorry.
 
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