spiderling - doing some flicking behavior alone?

nightsinger

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hi there. i have a 0.0.1 grammostola rosea, and have been taking care of "it" for 2 months.

the question is... sometimes my sling elevates it's abdomen up, and scratches-rubs-grooms(whatever) it's abdomen with it's 4th legs..

is it some clue for something? upcoming moult, infestation etc?

or is it practicing hair kicking? :}

cheers

Nightie
 

Lorgakor

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It is probably just grooming itself, like a cat. If it is actually rubbing hairs off then it could possibly be just lining its home with urticating hairs, it is like an extra safety measure for them.
 

Alice

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yes, some of my nw ts (even the adults) sometimes use their urticating hairs to mnake their home safer. hell, it itches during maintainance :wall:

but just to be sure, you should check the little one for parasites. put it on a dark surface (mites are white/cream coloured), and use a flashlight and a magnifying glass. look especially between the chelicera. near the eyes and at the joints. if it has mites, you should see white dots there.
 
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