Molting Space (?)

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Not sure if this has been asked as I didn't really find anything that pertains to this.

Will a T always molt in an area that is big enough to spread out for the process? I ask as I see that my hide that I have provided for my N. chromatus, is looking a little small. She still uses it and I think really appreciates it. Unfortunately, it's starting to look a little small and I really don't think that she could turn around inside anymore. The current hide is a hollow corkbark branch that I cut the bottom 1/3 off, length wise, so that she could burrow within it also if desired.
 

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Tarantulas can molt even in the smallest spaces, which is quite surprising. I've seen some of my own T.'s molt in their narrow burrows just fine so I wouldn't be too worried.
 

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Not a great pic but here it is. I think the measurements are 9x5x5. The N. chromatus is a good 2.5" dls. It just recently, today, created the web "awning" between the substrate and the overhanging leaves. The T pic is before I removed some of the moss and she also did some arranging herself 20201001_160432.jpg 20201009_164006.jpg
 

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Thanks for the replies guys. I also am thinking premolt is coming soon as her eating is getting a little sketchy. Her booty is fat and darkening up and she seems to spend a lot of time in her hide.
 

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Not sure if this has been asked as I didn't really find anything that pertains to this.

Will a T always molt in an area that is big enough to spread out for the process? I ask as I see that my hide that I have provided for my N. chromatus, is looking a little small. She still uses it and I think really appreciates it. Unfortunately, it's starting to look a little small and I really don't think that she could turn around inside anymore. The current hide is a hollow corkbark branch that I cut the bottom 1/3 off, length wise, so that she could burrow within it also if desired.
I have a 4" N chromatus and her hide is now on the smaller side and the last time she molted she webbed a pad of silk outside her hide and molted out in the open. Your T will do that same thing I would imagine if the hide is too small.
 

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I'd like to think she's going to do something soon. She's been excavating for a week straight. Most of the substrate is now at one end and I've refilled the water cup at least 3x since Monday.... 20201017_135637.jpg 20201017_134628.jpg what an ass...lol
 
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