Quick molt/feeding question

murfy

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Gave a quick search to see if this had been answered before, but this situation seems a little bit specific and minor, haha. I have a 3/4 pulchra sling that I'm pretty sure is just starting to molt. Hasn't eaten the past couple weeks, abdomen slightly darker/shinier(?), and between this morning when I checked on it and now, has assumed the flopped over position.

I stopped giving it prey after the first few tries figuring this was the case. But earlier today, for whatever reason, I dropped in a cut-up mealworm just in case I was wrong. (Can you tell this is my first spider?)

So there's no risk of the sling getting bitten or anything, but now that I know for sure it's a molt, should I just leave it in there? Sling decided to sidle right up next to it before laying over, so I don't wanna risk bumping it mid- or post-molt. Thanks in advance!
 

sasha99

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Yes, just leave it there, you don't want to disturb a molting t. Wait a couple days after it's molted and then you can take it ou, and then try to feed it after a week post molt or even 10 days to be sure.
 

NMTs

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Slings are usually ready to eat 2 or 3 days after molting. It's still good practice to wait a week, but just don't freak out if you see it eating the worm in the next couple days - it'll be fine if it does.
 

AlbaArachnids92

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It's dead, worst case scenario it might start going 'bad' but can be happily left until you can retrieve it safely.
 

coolnweird

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I had a similar situation when I was new to the hobby, and my freshly molted sling decided to eat the worm segment. I was horrified, but it seemed to have no ill ffect on the T! So as NMTs said, don't panic if the spider eats it before you can safely remove. 99% of the time, spider knows best!
 
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murfy

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Thanks to everyone who replied, It did end up eating yesterday. Just finished a little cleanup, have some pics!

(the molt was kind of comedically stuffed up under the bark. I guess it was in the way.) PXL_20220924_205621980~2.jpg PXL_20220924_210401639~2.jpg
 
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