Sling not eating. Premolt?

lazarus

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Hi everyone, I'm new to the hobby and I have an Acanthoscurria Geniculata sling, I got it two weeks ago and the problem is he's not eating and he's not very active either. He has burrowed himself (luckily the burrow is in a corner of the enclosure so I can see him) and he spends most of the time in there. I've got some mealworms for him, but he has only eaten once 10 days ago. I've tried to feed him 3 times since then but he refused it, I even put the worm in his burrow but he still didn't want to eat he ran away from it... Today he was out of the burrow so I thought it was a good change to feed him, so I placed two worms really close to him, one of the worm moved so close that he touched it's leg but still no luck :(
On the care sheets I read about this species that it "eats like horses", so is my sling in premolt? He hasn't webbed the entrance to the burrow.

Some pics:
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AprilH

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It's probably going to molt, but even if it's not, it doesn't need to eat right now. It looks a little on the chunky side. :)
 

brachybaum

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Geniculatas will eat till they pop unless they are in premolt, so I say premolt.
 

AbraCadaver

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And it looks pretty dark too.. The genic slings I've seen are alot lighter when not in premolt
 

lazarus

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ok, thanks guys. I think it's better not to stress him with feeding attempts and hopefully he will molt soon.
 

lazarus

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he molted today :) i was getting really concerned
How long should I wait until I attempt to feed? it's almost a month since he last eaten...
 

AbraCadaver

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I always about a week to be on the safe side, though it's probably a bit excessive :)
 
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