T. blondi problems.

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Arachnoknight
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Well, I dropped a cricket into blondi's cage, and the tarantula runs into the corner and starts rolling around. I see that there's a clump of substrate stuck to the spinnerets. The spider is spazzing out, and it looks like a dying cockroach.

So I decided to take it out of its cage and put it on life support. I have it in the palm of my hand. Its legs are curled under it at this point, and it is sort of rocking side-to-side. I feel a few pin pricks on my hand, so I move it to my other hand. I feel a few more pin pricks. I play hot potato with the bastard until I manage to get it onto its back.

So it is on its back with its legs waving around, and it's fangs gnashing. Even worse, I can now see that it has a grayish, pasty fluid leaking out of its ass. I'm assuming that this is feces, though I am not sure.

Wondering what happened, I decided that this looks a lot like the tarantula was poisoned. The only thing I can think of is that I fed it a roach more than a week ago. I'm guessing that has to be the problem. The leaky anus also makes me wonder if it has parasites in it, but I rather doubt that. I keep all my invertebrates near each other, and I've noticed no problems with them.

Anyway, I remember reading before on this board about how to put a tarantula on life support, and I just want to make sure I've got it right. I took a small cup, put about 1/4" water in the bottom, and then placed the spider in the water on its back. Then I closed the cup, so that the inside stays humid. And then I use an eyedropper to let the spider drink twice a day.

Is that right?

Well, the spider looks in pretty bad shape, but I guess it's a good sign that it can still move its legs and fangs more than a week after being poisoned (assuming it WAS poisoned more than a week ago).
 

MrDeranged

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Originally posted by whoami?
Anyway, I remember reading before on this board about how to put a tarantula on life support, and I just want to make sure I've got it right. I took a small cup, put about 1/4" water in the bottom, and then placed the spider in the water on its back. Then I closed the cup, so that the inside stays humid. And then I use an eyedropper to let the spider drink twice a day.

Is that right?

No No No No.

Same container on a moist paper towel with a small water source for it to drink. Keep it warm. Not 1/4 inch of water on it's back.... Get it out quick.

Scott
 

whoami?

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Re: Re: T. blondi problems.

Originally posted by mrderanged
No No No No.

Same container on a moist paper towel with a small water source for it to drink. Keep it warm. Not 1/4 inch of water on it's back.... Get it out quick.

Scott
Thanks, but I think it's dead now.

*shrugs*

Oh well, I guess I'll just buy another one.

EDIT: Oh, well, it isn't quite dead yet. I took it out of the cup with water, and then it looked dead. I poked at it, and it didn't move, so I just assumed it was dead. It started twitching again, so I guess I didn't kill it quite yet.
 
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Buspirone

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It could have been too damp or the roach you fed it was infected, particularly if the roach was wild caught instead of species raised as a feeder.
 
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