Restless Pokies

Insidiosa

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My boyfriend has a juvenile P. Metallica and P. Ornata that are really restless. He's had the Metallica for 12 months and the Ornata 4 months. The Metallica eats fine, but has lately been really restless and running around if you even dare to look at the enclosure. The Ornata does the same, except that it's really skinny and not eating. It runs right over and past the roach..

Juse wondering if anyone has any insight, as the husbandry has been kept the same and there never use to be a problem until now. Obviously if they're that restless they're uncomfortable, but what could it be?

They run around the enclosure like crazy at the slightest disturbance - which includes light/shadows.
 

Andrea82

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My boyfriend has a juvenile P. Metallica and P. Ornata that are really restless. He's had the Metallica for 12 months and the Ornata 4 months. The Metallica eats fine, but has lately been really restless and running around if you even dare to look at the enclosure. The Ornata does the same, except that it's really skinny and not eating. It runs right over and past the roach..

Juse wondering if anyone has any insight, as the husbandry has been kept the same and there never use to be a problem until now. Obviously if they're that restless they're uncomfortable, but what could it be?

They run around the enclosure like crazy at the slightest disturbance - which includes light/shadows.
When did they last molt? Any chances of them being mature males?
 

Insidiosa

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When did they last molt? Any chances of them being mature males?
0 Chance of them being mature males. They're juveniles, Metallica dls is about 8cm and Ornata 5cm...
MBoth molted about a month ago
 

KezyGLA

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Do you have photos of the setups?

Juvenile Poeci are very skittish and very sensitive to light and movement.

It doesnt really sound like odd behaviour. Apart from the ornata not eating
 

Walker253

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Also, where in your home are you keeping them? If they are in a high traffic area, you may want to move them, or at least the ornata to a quieter place until it starts eating.
 

bryverine

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Or... they've hard a change in mood as sometimes happens with many species after molting.
 
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