P.regalis problemo

ColleenCK

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Ok i have been keeping tarantulas for a few years now (rosea's and pinktoes), and have recently acquired a P.regalis from a guy i work with (he works with these for a living)
Since bringing her home she has spun a fairly large, thick web at the base of her cork bark and somewhat like a cocoon and has been hidden inside for about 3 weeks. I moved some of the webbing last week to see if she was ok and she seemed fine.
Her set up is the same as my friend had her in, kept at the same temp and humidity levels.

I would as Andy about this but he has decided to go on an expedition so i thought i would see if anyone on here has any idea's. I have a feeling she is probably just going into moult, but second opinions are always good
 

curiousme

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Hey!
Ok i have been keeping tarantulas for a few years now (rosea's and pinktoes), and have recently acquired a P.regalis from a guy i work with (he works with these for a living)
Since bringing her home she has spun a fairly large, thick web at the base of her cork bark and somewhat like a cocoon and has been hidden inside for about 3 weeks. I moved some of the webbing last week to see if she was ok and she seemed fine.
Her set up is the same as my friend had her in, kept at the same temp and humidity levels.

I would as Andy about this but he has decided to go on an expedition so i thought i would see if anyone on here has any idea's. I have a feeling she is probably just going into moult, but second opinions are always good
Sounds like she wanted some privacy. Whether that be to molt, or just because, is only known by the tarantula. When in doubt, trust the T and let it be. ;) It is when you smell a smelly smell that smells smelly, that you should worry.
 

AgentD006las

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Your P. regalis is probably in premolt if its refusing food. My 6" P. ornata has webbed herself in. Its nail biting.. I'm hoping to catch her on video molting.

Edit: She just molted. :p
 
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billy28

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Hey!
Ok i have been keeping tarantulas for a few years now (rosea's and pinktoes), and have recently acquired a P.regalis from a guy i work with (he works with these for a living)
Since bringing her home she has spun a fairly large, thick web at the base of her cork bark and somewhat like a cocoon and has been hidden inside for about 3 weeks. I moved some of the webbing last week to see if she was ok and she seemed fine.
Her set up is the same as my friend had her in, kept at the same temp and humidity levels.

I would as Andy about this but he has decided to go on an expedition so i thought i would see if anyone on here has any idea's. I have a feeling she is probably just going into moult, but second opinions are always good
Just out of curiosity what does your buddy do for a living that gives him the privileged of working with Poecilotheria?
 

Poxicator

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billy, I think you've connected the 2, she didnt say he was on an expedition to study poecilotheria :)

Its very likely moulting. I find they're rather quick at this so Im a little surprised at the timescale but I'd have thought you should see a moulted regalis soon, if indeed it hasnt already. The only other suggestion would be the arrangement of the enclosure. Poecilotheria are shy creatures, they prefer a hide that enables them to get away from all light and disturbance, preferably in an arboreal enclosure with a hide that provides a small opening at the top but leads into a larger bulb area.
If you have any pix that might provide some clues but I strongly believe its just moulting.
 

mickey66

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P.Regalis

My P.Regalis is a female and she does the same thing right before a molt.:D
 

BrettG

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Totally normal for them to just vanish.Ours do the same thing.As said,when it smells it is time to worry.
 

ColleenCK

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we work at a museum vivarium, he is the main man's assistant and i am on placement. Andy specialises in tarantulas. he had to make room for a goliath bird eater, not sure which sp, so he gave me the regalis.

---------- Post added at 10:39 PM ---------- Previous post was at 10:36 PM ----------

Well all my worrying has finally been put at ease..she has moulted this evening, unfortunately its a bit crumpled so i cant lay it out to photograph (hopefully next time).

i had a feeling she was in pre-moult but its always nerve racking with a new sp of tarantula making sure one has the conditions right etc

thanks a lot guys :)

---------- Post added at 10:45 PM ---------- Previous post was at 10:39 PM ----------

billy, I think you've connected the 2, she didnt say he was on an expedition to study poecilotheria :)

Its very likely moulting. I find they're rather quick at this so Im a little surprised at the timescale but I'd have thought you should see a moulted regalis soon, if indeed it hasnt already. The only other suggestion would be the arrangement of the enclosure. Poecilotheria are shy creatures, they prefer a hide that enables them to get away from all light and disturbance, preferably in an arboreal enclosure with a hide that provides a small opening at the top but leads into a larger bulb area.
If you have any pix that might provide some clues but I strongly believe its just moulting.
yeah well i tried to make her set up as close to the one she had just left...she is in an arboreal tank with a nice big piece of cork bark wedged in the corner and a plant for extra privacy...and a water dish obviously. When she gets bigger i will upgrade her to a larger exo terra, at the minute she is about the size of my adult male rosea so still fairly smallish
 
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