So how long do these pokies take to molt anyway?

Gail

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I'm used to my slings going off food for a few days, then molting, then eating again in a few days. These 1-1.5" pokies of mine went off food a little more than a week ago and they don't even look like they are considering a molt - not much darker, no major web spinning. What's the norm for these guys? Any help would be appreciated.

Gail
 

Wade

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I've never found them to be especially heavy eaters, except for that ravenous period following a molt, although slings are generally bigger eaters. Also, I never notice any physical signs (such as darkening) with this species that a molt is coming. Since old-world t's lack the patch of urticating hairs, it's usually harder to see any changes through the skin, if it's possible at all. Now that I think about it, Im not sure if I've ever seen any darkening with any of my old-worlders. Could be me just not paying attention, but it's so readily apparent with those with urticating hair, you'd think I'd see it with the others as well, if it happens.

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Joy

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Originally posted by Gail
I'm used to my slings going off food for a few days, then molting, then eating again in a few days. These 1-1.5" pokies of mine went off food a little more than a week ago and they don't even look like they are considering a molt - not much darker, no major web spinning. What's the norm for these guys? Any help would be appreciated.

Gail
I've found them a bit slow in this department, Gail. At that size, mine often fasted 3 weeks (or even more) before molting.

Joy
 

Devildoll

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both my P. ornatas are psychotic eaters..... no matter what.
they usually eat till the day before a molt....

i have one i got as a 1" sling in late may that is now 5.5" maybe larger... she's molting now.


maybe it's something in the detroit water..... cause i have an unstoppable appetite too;)
 

Midwest Art

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Pokeys

Pokey shed rates depend on 1) size 2) feeding and 3) temperature among others.

I find that the majority of my pokeys grow at a rather rapid rate including: formosa, regalis, fasciata, rufilata, even striata. Lower growers are: P. pederseni, P. smithi and of course P. subfusca because they are kept at lower temperatures. I've matured out male pokey's in a year. Conditions: 77-82 degrees, warmer during summer and "well fed".

My P. striata purchased as a 1/2" ling in 10/01 is now a 5" GORGOUS female (pix soon as she hardens!).

N-Joy
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smithikeeper

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My 2" regalis just molted this morning after a 17 day fasting. My other one has been fasting for 19 days and should molt anytime soon.


Roy
 
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