- Feb 17, 2003
This was a mature male Brachypelma sp. ("Honduran Rust Rump") that attempted a postultimate molt. Basically, as you can see from these pictures, this is a deathwish. I do not believe there have been any males successful in doing this (anyone heard of this happening?).
This was his exuvium. Notice how the carapace and legs are fused together, and several legs remain trapped in the exuvium (the legs are the white things sticking out of the top). His abdomen was not regenerated, and remained on his body.
And here he is. Notice he lost both pedipalps, which is common among males who attempt postultimate molts. He also lost both fangs.
Because of this, he obviously would not be able to survive on his own, so I decided to euthanize.
How did I do this.....?
No better way to put it.....Blondi chow.
...And that was the end of Mr Rust Rump and his dysfunctional internal clock.........