P. sazimai refusing to eat

ledzeppelin

Arachnobaron
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Hi!
I have a few concerns about my tiny 3i P. sazimai. It molted exactly a month ago, and a week later ate about 1-2 sections of an adult mealworm. I cut them up because it's afraid of everything that moves.

Anyway, it's been now 4 weeks since it ate anything, and because it ate only once since it molted it's definitely not in premolt. I offer about once a week either a cut up mealworm, or a tiny one with a crushed head. I've also tried live ones but with no luck. About twice a week I lightly spray the lid of the cup and let some drops drip down like I do with most of my tiny ones with which I've had no problems so far. Temperature in my room is normal..

Anyway, is this normal for the species or am I just being paranoid? All my other Ts eat regularly, and up until the molt, so did this one..
 

EulersK

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Hi!
I have a few concerns about my tiny 3i P. sazimai. It molted exactly a month ago, and a week later ate about 1-2 sections of an adult mealworm. I cut them up because it's afraid of everything that moves.

Anyway, it's been now 4 weeks since it ate anything, and because it ate only once since it molted it's definitely not in premolt. I offer about once a week either a cut up mealworm, or a tiny one with a crushed head. I've also tried live ones but with no luck. About twice a week I lightly spray the lid of the cup and let some drops drip down like I do with most of my tiny ones with which I've had no problems so far. Temperature in my room is normal..

Anyway, is this normal for the species or am I just being paranoid? All my other Ts eat regularly, and up until the molt, so did this one..
I've only had one of this species, and it's roughly 4-5i. I had the same issue right around the same size as yours. Turned out that I was keeping it too dry. Once I started boosting the humidity, it ate everything I gave it. Now, to be fair, it's a very shy eater. I've never once seen a takedown, only the aftermath. That was another mistake I was making - I would wait around for the takedown, and by the time I gave up I think that it gave up as well. Drop in the food, close the lid, move on. Hopefully someone with more experience in this species will chime in.
 

ledzeppelin

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I've only had one of this species, and it's roughly 4-5i. I had the same issue right around the same size as yours. Turned out that I was keeping it too dry. Once I started boosting the humidity, it ate everything I gave it.
I can give this a shot, because I do keep it a little bit on the dry side. How moist would you recommend?
 

EulersK

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I can give this a shot, because I do keep it a little bit on the dry side. How moist would you recommend?
Not super moist at all. I'd say about as humid as a P. cam sling, if you've had those. Or as moist as a Lasiodora sling.
 

ledzeppelin

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I think it helped. I gently flooded its enclosure ( so that the substrate would dampen a bit and not dry out completely, and a mealworm I crushed a day before vanished. Either a coincidence or really a humidity issue. Thanks!
 
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