- Mar 3, 2003
my spider had what i thought it was, a good few months ago, she would wipe the goo all over the cage from her month, and there was quite a lot on the sides, yet shes fit and healthy now and no signs of the white stuff anymore.Originally posted by Code Monkey
All tarantulas. Do a search for "nematodes" and you'll learn more than you want to know.
The short version is in recent years a disease has begun hitting collections which is a combination of parasitic nematode and toxic bacteria carried by that nematode. Eventually, the midgut is so filled with these nematodes in their bacterial goo that they begin to come out of mouth (and sometimes the anus as well if they are well established in the abdomen). Most often, by the time the goo is visible, the spider only has a short while to live.
There is a second white goo which still hasn't been characterised fully. It may be a yeast, it may be something preliminary to the nematodes. I had an A. avicularia and a B. emilia with this "yeast" infection, both appeared to recover fully, but both also did die this winter of unknown causes which makes me suspicious.
did she fight it off or was it something else? i did see the stuff in her fangs, and i remember posting a thread about her too...