- Aug 31, 2016
Hello, I'm just writing this to get this off my chest. I own two tarantulas, one green bottle blue and one costa rican zebra blue. I love them very much since I have a great passion for tarantulas and spiders in general. Both are still juveniles and are still growing, but I feel like I'm in a weird and scary place right now with them. My zebra blue stopped eating a long time ago, I thought she was getting ready to molt so I left her alone and checked up on her all the time. But just now, today 1/24/17, I went ahead and fed her a cricket and she ate it. I was shocked, I guess I might have been wrong about her molting. Even though I see some slight discoloration on her abdomen but no bald spot. The other T is a little different, recently I cleaned out her cage, nothing too big just dish soap, water and a good dry. I even got her a new better hide. She ate two days ago and now she has crawled into her hide and won't eat. I know she has done this before when she was getting ready to molt but I didn't think it would be so soon. But I'm still not sure if she's even molting or not yet. I know tarantulas go through stages of feasting and fasting but it scares me still. I have the tarantula bible for tarantula care, The Tarantula Keeper's Guide, that always helps. But I sometimes still feel on edge about my tarantula's health. It all might be nothing, and I'm just over thinking it. It might be also because I have had two other baby t's die on me in the past. The first one I could understand why it died. I was very ill prepared for it and it died as a result. But then, I got three more baby's on my birth day. Two were the ones I was talking about, but the third never made it and I don't know why. This time I was better prepared, but for some reason the one t, a baby brachypelma emilia, never molted or ate. I tried everything, crushed the crickets, wounded them, left them alive, and even not feed her thinking she was just stressed or ready to molt. But she never did a damn thing! Near the end, I put her in a tarantula ICU but that never worked for her and she died any way. She had clean substrate, a good hide, a warm environment, and since she was too small for a water dish I would wet her substrate just a little. Nothing too muddy or too dry. The other two continued too live on to this day but that one still haunts me. I don't wet the substrate any more for the green bottle blue because she's big enough now for a water dish. But I still do it for the zebra blue because she's still kind of small. The zebra blue is a borrowing type, so I gave her enough substrate to work with and a hide made out of a red plastic cup I cut in half. She uses it very well. So any way, I guess to wrap up this tirade of insecurities, I love my tarantula's and feel I little worried I might not be doing enough for them. Or I could just be going crazy. I just don't want a repeat of the two others that died. And I want more tarantulas, but I just don't feel confident enough about the two I have now. But who knows, it might be nothing. My green bottle blue will molt and everything will go back to normal. Still don't know what's up with my zebra blue though. I just thought that was weird. Oh well, good night for now.