- Mar 30, 2011
I recently purchased my first tarantula, a gorgeous adult female pink zebra beauty. I gave her a nice home in a 10 gallon terrarium with several inches of coco fiber substrate, a shallow water dish, and a nice cave hide. During the first couple of days she was fairly active, getting use to her home. During, this time I fed her three meal worms, which she ate well. I have noticed after two days of being in her new home, she settled into her hide and has dug some substrate out covering the entrance and a slight amount of webbing. She has effectively entombed herself into the hide and has not left it for about a week now. Is this a sign that she is going to molt soon, her colors were slightly darker when I got her and she was missing a little bit of hair on her abdomen, at least what I got to see of her, lol Is this a sign of premolt and should I just be patient and keep her water dish filled and her humidity level good and wait for her to come out? Our is she simply hiding and happy under her cave, when do I attempt to feed her if she hasn't emerged in a awhile. I certainly dont want to drop a cricket in there if she is in premolt. I appreciate all our kind replies.