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Tarantula heart attack/ stroke

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Charliexxfang, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. Charliexxfang

    Charliexxfang Arachnopeon

    So this morning my g.rosea that ive had for 8 years was stumbling around, and it quickly got worse. She was “running” around freaking out with little control of her legs, fangs out, and at one point she bit the substrate and held on for 10ish seconds. After that she slowly stumbled into her water dish on top of the sponge, and was like “standing” with the tip of her abdomen on the sponge and her back against the water dish rim so she was vertical instead of horizontal. She stayed like that twitching, which sort of made me think she molting. About 5 hours later she seemed to be in a death curl (pictured). But now she is sitting normally where she always does. She seems a little bit disoriented and not really moving, anyone else ever seen something like this? Is there anything i should fo?

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  2. Patherophis

    Patherophis Arachnobaron Active Member

    That possition is truly quite unusual. Anyway
    1. Throw away that sponge, they are unnecessary and potentially harmfull.
    2. Add several centimeters inches of substrate.
    3. Let it do crazy things if it wants. :D (Any chance it got spooked or irritated by something?)
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  3. Vanessa

    Vanessa Grammostola Groupie Arachnosupporter

    In addition to the suggestions already made, has anyone been spraying any pesticides around outside? Do you have any animals who have recently been treated topically for fleas/ticks or other external parasites? Do you have snakes that have been given mite treatment recently?
    It sounds to me more like acute chemical poisoning.
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  4. EtienneN

    EtienneN Arachnonovelist-musician-artist Arachnosupporter

    Never use sponges in tarantula water dishes. That being said, this is not classic dehydration behaviour. It seems more like a chemical contamination of some sort. Or the tarantula is a mature male in death throes. But I’ve had several male tarantulas over the years and they don’t exhibit the flailing symptoms you describe. I’d wonder if it didn’t come into contact with some sort of pesticide.:(
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  5. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    What was it being fed? Last meal(s)?
  6. Charliexxfang

    Charliexxfang Arachnopeon

    Just fed her about 2 weeks ago.
  7. Mvtt70

    Mvtt70 Arachnobaron Active Member

    You kept this T for 8 years yet you still have a sponge in the water dish?? Wouldn't be surprised if it is dying for one reason or another since you obviously haven't researched its proper care very much if at all...
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  8. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

  9. Charliexxfang

    Charliexxfang Arachnopeon

    There shouldn’t be anything dangerous, as she isn't around any other animals and the only time i really open up the cage is to feed her and give her water
  10. Vanisher

    Vanisher Arachnoking Old Timer

    It sounds like pesticides or food poisoning as stated above. Poisons makes them twitching and loose bodypart control like that! I haveheard that biting the substrate can be a sign that they are in pain? I have no idea if this is true?

    Cold blood, is ut true that biting substrate is because of pain??
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  11. RezonantVoid

    RezonantVoid Hollow Knight Arachnosupporter

    Sometimes wild caught prey, like a house cockroach, can have pesticides on them which transfer to the tarantula when you feed it to them. I'm not sure if that's happened any time recently, but it could be a likely cause if so
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  12. EtienneN

    EtienneN Arachnonovelist-musician-artist Arachnosupporter

    Again, because this will help us pinpoint why this happened...What PREY ITEM was being fed??? Was it a dubia roach, cricket, or a mealworm?
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  13. Mirandarachnid

    Mirandarachnid Arachnobaron

    The only way that could be relevant is if there was no air exchange with the cage closed, which is obviously not the case.

    You would do yourself a service if you directly answered the questions people are asking you.

    If you live close to other humans, it's possible that they may be spraying something. You need to think a little further than yourself and your actions.

    Do you live in an apartment complex that routinely treats with pesticides? Do you have a neighbor that hates bugs and sprays religiously? Do you leave your windows open?

    Do you live with someone that may have cleaned the room your T is in? Have you started using a new air freshener?

    Also, what did it last eat, has it eaten prey items from that group before or did you just buy them?
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  14. Charliexxfang

    Charliexxfang Arachnopeon

    decided to see if she was hungry because she started walking around normally, and she ate a cricket without twitching or showing signs of uncontrollability. Glad to see that she is acting normally again, will update if further issues occur
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  15. T Lurksalot

    T Lurksalot Arachnopeon Arachnosupporter

    Just to address the title of this thread real quick, spiders have open circulatory systems that work differently from vertebrates so they can’t have strokes, and while I’m not sure if they can have heart issues I doubt any such problem would look anything like what you described. Erratic leg movements and stumbling indicate something has gone wrong in the nervous system, and I agree with what several others are posting here that your rosie was exposed to some kind of toxin.
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  16. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    I highly doubt it....ts dont feel pain like we do.
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  17. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

    The picture>> subject not in focus, so useless.

    Sure sounds like a toxin is in the air to me.

    I find this unlikely.
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