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Andy Amey

Arachnopeon
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Jan 19, 2020
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Hello guys I'm a new keeper so very inexperience at the moment have a sling maybe 1cm Ieg span maybe 2cm at a push. It's a brachypelma bohemi

It isn't eating had it two weeks and not sure if it's in premolt or just being awkward. I did try a little beetle a reptile shop gave me to try but no go

Anyone gi e me a some help on what to look for or try.

Thanks!


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Drizzliz

Arachnopeon
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Oct 24, 2018
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Slow growing species, such as B. bohemi, can go a surprising amount of time without food. I've had a 1/2 B. auratum sling go over 200 days without a meal.

Your sling looks very plump, it will be good without food until it molts. It looks like the abdomen may be starting to darken up, so a molt may happen sooner than later.
 

The Grym Reaper

Arachnoreaper
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As said, Brachys can go ages without food even as tiny slings so you're just going to have to wait it out. It's plump but I don't see any signs of pre-moult just yet.

Keep an eye on the dark patch of hairs (called a "mirror patch") on the abdomen. as the new exoskeleton starts to form you should see a shiny dark spot form underneath (rather basic representation below as I don't have a photo handy).

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Eventually, as the spider gets closer to moulting, the rest of the abdomen will darken, followed by the legs, a sling in heavy pre-moult will look similar to the one below (this was taken a few hours prior to moulting).

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CommanderBacon

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May 21, 2018
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Everyone else already said the things so I just wanted to chime in and say WHAT A HECKIN' CHONKER!

I'd probably cut it off from snacks anyway at that size. It is super cute, though!
 
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