Odd avic?

Megan 03

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I have a A. Metallica, on occasion she/he will sit on the glass and rub her toes in her mandibles. I am not concerned about her health, just curious if this is a normal thing for avics to do. Also wondering if its purpose is to clean the mandibles or the toes, or perhaps it has another purpose. I would love to hear others experiences with this and other "odd" behavior
 

RoseT

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All my avics do this. Only thing I can think of is grooming. They need to have their legs as maintained as possible for their best grip. It does look a bit awkward, I thought mine had broken a leg when I first witnessed this behavior. Perfectly normal from my experience.
 

Hobo

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All tarantulas will do this. It's how they groom their legs.
Sometimes they will curl several legs at once underneath and almost look like they're in a death curl, so don't worry if you see it doing that too.
 

gmrpnk21

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All tarantulas will do this. It's how they groom their legs.
Sometimes they will curl several legs at once underneath and almost look like they're in a death curl, so don't worry if you see it doing that too.
My A. Genic did that and I had a mild heart attack! My panicked yelp snapped her back to attention as if I were the one scaring HER. lol
 

Megan 03

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yeah it looks pretty awkward, she/he will be on the glass belly facing the world and then start curling her legs under. It gives a great view on the process, it is really neat to watch.
She is the only T I have that I have seen do this. I am fareily new to keeping t's but I jumped in head first, I got my first, Twink (A. metallica), about 5 months ago and now I have 10 in the house, including 6 slings under .5". They are all amazing to watch, see whats changed, watching them molt, the cool webbing.... I LOVE IT!!
 
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