T sitting in her water dish--pls help newbie!

missghie

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Hi again everyone,

I'm back with more worries about my 2.5" avic. Sha hasn't eaten, has stopped webbing completely, and doesn't climb at all--she's been very listless, though she does move around a bit. I think her abdomen may be thin(?--how to tell)--it's not round, it's shaped like an almond.

I've been keeping her enclosure sprayed and have soaked a corner of the substrate for her--as advised. But now she's sitting in her water bowl--which is a clean soda pop cap, butt first with her pedipalps hanging over the edge? Is this ok? Should I continue to assume that she's just doing her thing and will be ok? Or should I put her in an icu?

Update: she crawled out just as I finished posting the above.

Thanks for your advice.

G

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she's on her back now! Not moving at all, but I guess she's finally molting! Hurray!

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wait--she flipped back over--I'm so confused!!!
 

killy

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I'm going to keep up with your story because your avic situation and mine are somewhat similar ...

Meanwhile, I can tell you that the water-sitting thing has proven several times in the past to be the pre-cursor to a molt, and guess what? Caveman, my pulchra, is doing that very thing as I write - hold on, let me see if I can get a quick shot ...



We'll see ....
 

missghie

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she's upside down feet up inside her water bowl now, flailing about! Molting? Drowning? Help!

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now she's very very still! I'm afraid to even blow on her!

I just found my baby avic upside down legs up in her water bowl. First she was flailing about, then still. I took her out and left her upside down--she'd move her legs a little when I blew on them. Now she's still upside down and not moving at all!
 

captmarga

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Upside down is usually molting. The process takes hours for some. Do not disturb her further... just observe. Hope she isn't more stressed by the move.

Good luck,

Marga
 

missghie

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thanks for your reassurance. is it normal for them to be so absolutely still?

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wt<edit>--she flipped rightside up again! I just put her in the ICU. she was totally limp, but seems to be alive.
 
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Mez

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It's probably aborted the moult because you messed with it. Was it trying to moult in the water dish? If so what is the humidity?
 

gmrpnk21

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Why did you take it out!?!?!? You may have overstressed it by moving it and BLOWING ON IT! Tarantulas rarely die upside down, and if they are in that position, it's for a reason. If the humidity is too low, it may have been in the water dish to assist with the molt. How big is the T?
 

webbedone

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She is molting ! Dont disturb her she will be just fine, after she completes her molt make sure she has a fresh full water bowl to drink and give her some privacy for next few days

leave it be and dont disturb its molting and knows what its doing!
 

Projecht13

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If it aborted the molt because you moved it, it will likely die.. Never never touch, mess with or blow on a molting tarantula. Hope it pulls through but it's doubtful.
 

Chris_Skeleton

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To the OP, will you please search "molting" and read up on all you can. I would recommend not messing with your spider or even buying another until you read up on the molting process. Just leave it alone and hope for the best.

Good luck.
 

Great Basin Ben

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If it aborted the molt because you moved it, it will likely die.. Never never touch, mess with or blow on a molting tarantula. Hope it pulls through but it's doubtful.
This seems to be a quite common mistake that novice T owners are guilty of. (MYSELF INCLUDED):wall: When I received my first T, and it flipped onto it's back, I flipped it back over (3) times!, essentially ending it's life prematurally. It's a VERY sad lesson to have to learn in such a Hard Way, but you'll likely NEVER make the same mistake twice.

Consider this a valuable learning experience, and try to grow from it, and certainly not beat yourself up from it. Also, as recommended to me, by MANY of the folks here: Go out and buy the LATEST copy of The Tarantula Keeper's Guide, by Schultz and Schultz. Read it cover to cover SEVERAL times, and you'll soon see that many of the questions, and concerns that you have, are addressed at length in the book, as well as behavioral questions that may arise. It will become your most valuable tool in Tarantula keeping.

After reading, you probably would have deduced that it's listlessness was likely because it was in pre-molt, also it's lack of appetite. You will also read in there several times, that RARELY if ever, are Tarantulas on their backs, dead. 99% or the time, it means that they are molting. And as you'll soon read too, ANY disturbance during a molt, is usually a HORRIBLE idea...

I'm terribly sorry to hear about your situation, and truly hope it pulls through. If not, I've heard the best therapy for the loss of a Tarantula, is to go out , and buy (2) more to replace it!:rolleyes:

Best of luck,
Ben.

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I just noticed that you are from the Bay Area. You should check out the San Francisco Bay Area Tarantula Society. It's a group of folks in your neck of the woods, that regulalry meets, and do Field Trips for California Inverts.

Here's their link. You can join their Forum, and maybe even meet folks in a neighborhhod not to far from where you actually live, that share a love for Tarantulas!

http://www.sfbats.org/
 

jbm150

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Any update? Did it ever molt?

It can be tough, molting is a nervewracking process. Where it sets up shop, its probably the most comfortable place for it. You have to trust that it knows what it's doing. I still get nervous through molts and especially after when they Ts are hardening up. They often contort themselves into odd positions or even look like they go into death curls, drives me nuts. You just have to leave them alone and let 'em work themselves out.

I hope your T made it through ok.....
 

missghie

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I know I screwed up and feel awful. I knew being on her back was a sign of molting, and had done a lot of online research, but I just freaked out cuz she was upside down and lifeless in her water bowl. after i took her out she flipped back over and I put her in ICU--she was moving around a little in there last night, but now I''m pretty sure she's dead/dying--crumpled up in a semi-death curl. I'm going to follow everyone's advice and not dispose of her till she smells bad. I'm sad.
 

jbm150

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I'm sorry, thats too bad. Thats a tough lesson to learn :(
 

Ictinike

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I know I screwed up and feel awful. I knew being on her back was a sign of molting, and had done a lot of online research, but I just freaked out cuz she was upside down and lifeless in her water bowl. after i took her out she flipped back over and I put her in ICU--she was moving around a little in there last night, but now I''m pretty sure she's dead/dying--crumpled up in a semi-death curl. I'm going to follow everyone's advice and not dispose of her till she smells bad. I'm sad.
Everyone makes mistakes but what makes us human is the ability to learn from them. Use this to motivate you to have another and do all you can to make sure your not put into a situation where you don't have an answer.

Your not the first nor will you be the last to have reacted as such. The next time now you know and it will be a much better experience. Also remind yourself if any questions do come up that these creatures have been doing it "their" way for millions of years most likely and what we think may look odd or out of the ordinary may just be something they've always done but you've never seen. In those situations the first thing to do is not to react to swiftly and come here and post the dilemma or read up on some articles/web. If you find out later that something like the situation you went through is perfectly normal than your in the clear because you didn't react. I can honestly say more than not a swift reaction to a situation such as yours, that may seem alien at first, causes more problems over the average than just sitting back and trying to figure it out without interaction.

In a similar situation I personally went through my new GBB was molting and appeared it had ruptured it's carapace during the molt and was leaking fluid. While I didn't quickly react, opting to take some pictures and come and post here, the T ended up dying but not because of anything I had done but merely a consequence that can and does happen from time to time. Once I understood that it was nothing I did actively or passively it was easier to digest less I went and tried to remedy the situation not knowing if had indeed been my interaction that caused the outcome.

In the end you will have a pet die either by complications of some sort or old age but what you can actively do is again learn all you can and prevent those situations where your direct actions, or lack there of, caused the complication.

Best of luck to you and don't let this hold you back. Press forward with a new T and new reading!

Cheers,
 

missghie

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Thanks for your advice--I definitely learned a lot! I'll def read TKG before I get another T, and I think I'll wait till summer since it'll be hot here and I won't have to worry about the de-humidifying effects of using the heater in the winter--I really did do my best to keep her humidity up! And I also learned to leave her be and let them do their own natural thing, I'm just an observer.

I just checked her in the ICU for the first time, and she's still, rightside up, and partially molted--I can't tell if she's alive, I'll leave her in there for at least another day. Maybe she'll still make it somehow?
 

killy

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I just checked her in the ICU for the first time, and she's still, rightside up, and partially molted--I can't tell if she's alive, I'll leave her in there for at least another day. Maybe she'll still make it somehow?
Check out the multitude of threads about molting - and the multitudes of photos of Ts in various stages of undress - and see if your T's present condition looks like any of them ... sounds good, from what you're describing, and if your avic can actually throw a serious molt after everything you've put her through, well for gosh sakes can you blame her for taking it a little slow this time around? ... ;) - from everything I've read, dead spiders don't molt. And dying Ts don't bother trying ... What doesn't kill her will make her stronger, and you a little wiser! I sure hope everything turns out okay - let us know
 
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