need help quick tarantula not moving

pool4321

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hey so my curly haired sling has been moving slowly all day yesterday and today its not moving at all and has all its legs up in the air can anyone tell me what to do
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moricollins

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Looks like it's getting ready to molt soon to me. That substrate looks quite wet which could also be part of the problem.
 

Chebe6886

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When did it last molt/eat?
Kind of concerning the way it’s legs are all twisted like that. Sadly there isn’t much you can do beyond providing some extra ventilation and/or putting it on drier substrate. Hence the questions though... if it’s about to molt you don’t want to do too much
 

Jess S

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I'm sorry to say that when slings lose control of their legs like that they are usually close to death. They can topple backwards due to loss of balance, I've seen it, but in that circumstance it's nothing to do with moulting.

Your sling isnt about to moult either I'm afraid. The whole abdomen goes very dark, practically black in the days before, which is not the case here.

It looks healthy so it's hard to give the cause. Slings don't need much oxygen and albop's quite like some moist substrate. However, a poorly ventilated, overly damp enclosure can become stagnant, which could be harmful.

Having said that I've lost a sling like this and never managed to narrow the cause down.

If still alive, you could try removing it to a well ventilated tub with dry paper towel but place it on its back and give it one drip of water on its mouthparts. Leave a shallow water dish in there. Add another drop of water to a few hours later.in the meantime empty and thoroughly wash the old enclosure and prepare it with better ventilation (assuming the old one was lacking). As in a ring of holes around the sides. If the sling rallies then it can return.

Not everyone will agree with my suggestion but it is basically a last ditch attempt to get it out of potentially stagnant conditions. In that circumstance I would try a dry paper towel rather than damp, as although slings need damp substrate, I would try temporarily removing it from those conditions, while the enclosure is prepared.

What were you using for substrate btw?
 

pool4321

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Hey guys thank you for all the responses I’ve tried moving it to dryer substrate like I was told with more ventilation last night and it’s still not moving and now all it’s legs r up in the air😭😭
 

dianemarie

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I’m sorry I lost my A.avicularia last night, and I feel your sadness. Sometimes there’s nothin you do or didn’t do unfortunately some don’t make it
 

Jess S

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So sorry. To be honest, sometimes there's nothing you can do to save them when they are showing those signs but it's so hard to do nothing either and just stand back and let nature take its course. At least you've tried to help it. Don't let this experience put you off.
 

pool4321

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I’m just really worried now because I have another Tarantula and I don’t want the same thing to happen to it
 

viper69

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That T is FAT as can be-...the legs up in the air-- unsure w/out observations- but generally not optimistic IME.
 
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