Surprise molt?!

igotcrabs

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Directly before I left for work this morning, I spot cleaned my slings for uneaten cricket bits. When I fed them last night, my 1.5" Pamphobeteus sp. "platyomma" was completely disinterested so I assumed there would be waste to remove. after opening the lid I saw that the sling was on its back, partially propped on a piece of cork bark, and motionless.
My concern is that there has been no signs (at least that i could see) of pre-molt. It also fed Thursday (this is an assumption based on there being no remains Friday morning), but otherwise has not been very active. I am now at work until 9 pm so I'll know nothing for certain until then. I was curious though, if anyone has ever kept a sling that fed so close to molt, or if anyone else keeping this species has seen this behavior?
 

Belegnole

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Some tarantulas will feed right before molting, though most go through the classic signs. I have a C. Marshalli juvi that ate this last Friday and molted on Saturday.
 
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igotcrabs

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Some tarantulas will feed right before molting, though most to through the classic signs. I have a C. Marshalli juvi that ate this last Friday and molted on Saturday.
I guess I'll know when I get home tonight.
 

The Grym Reaper

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I've left a pre-killed mealie in with my E. cyanognathus sling before and checked back the next morning to find it nonchalantly sat next to its exuvia eating the mealie, had a G. pulchripes moult the day after eating before as well.
 

Ungoliant

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I was curious though, if anyone has ever kept a sling that fed so close to molt, or if anyone else keeping this species has seen this behavior?
My baby geniculata has done the same thing. She even buried the evidence.
 

igotcrabs

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Well, I came home to a molted sling. Molt is a bit beat up, but it's all there. Definitely took me by surprise.
 
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