Rehousing a pre-molt T

MrsHaas

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Today I decided to rehouse my sub female I. mira. I dug her up and coaxed her into her new enclosure w a paintbrush. Then I kept digging out all the dirt from the old enclosure, expecting to find a molt BC she looked very vibrant, yet her abdomen did look quite large. I never found a molt, not even pieces of one. So I'm pretty sure I just rehoused her pre-molt.

Can that harm her BC it's like a double-whammy: getting rehoused while being in pre-molt. When a T molts, can it choose when to? Or is it like when u gotta throw up - your body does what it does regardless - u can't hold back barf, it comes on ITS own terms... Lol
 

KezyGLA

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As long as she wasnt thrown about I'm sure shes fine. I rehoused 2 P. eclesiasticus couple nights ago and one molted right after.

As for the can they choose when to molt? I think in a way yes. I believe they can get ready then moult.

Obv it would be different if was already in the process.
 

Venom1080

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ive rehoused some Ts without knowing they were premolt. theyre all fine. i think Ts can hold back a molt a bit, so if conditions arent good it wait till they change, but not forever.
 

MrsHaas

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Ok goodie. She was very gently coaxed into her new home w a fine paint brush. She's definitively not hurt physically. I was just worried it might make things more difficult for her. But luckily it sounds like not.
 

bryverine

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Ok goodie. She was very gently coaxed into her new home w a fine paint brush. She's definitively not hurt physically. I was just worried it might make things more difficult for her. But luckily it sounds like not.
I've heard that it's OK to do (and have done) a rehouse during premolt. I've noticed they seemed to settle faster. Possibly because of that need for a new tunnel/hammock/area to molt in, but who knows. They've all four (I know, only four :rolleyes: ) molted at least twice since their respective moves no problem.
 

louise f

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My sweet friend, i wouldn`t worry about it. And Dont beat up yourself about it. <3 I`ve done it tons of times, no harme done. All of them are fine and thrives this day <3 :):kiss:
I bet your girl will molt anytime soon. :)
 

viper69

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It's my opinion they don't control when they molt, no more than a snake controls when it's going to shed. They do set up web mats and such and exhibit other behaviors indicating a molt. However predicting the specific day/time, I don't buy it. I could be wrong, and if so, would like to read data demonstrating they do.
 

MrsHaas

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My sweet friend, i wouldn`t worry about it. And Dont beat up yourself about it. <3 I`ve done it tons of times, no harme done. All of them are fine and thrives this day <3 :):kiss:
I bet your girl will molt anytime soon. :)
Well after all the big mess w the poor subfusca (who I haven't autopsied yet, sorry guys I will very soon!) I want all my Ts to be as content as possible... thanks for being a sweetheart xo
 
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