Two questions...

Alboy84

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Hi,

I've got two questions: the first being, can you house both grey and black crickets together without any negative effects? And is a black abdomen on a tarantula a sure sign of an up-coming molt? (my L. Parahybana did have bald spots which were pale in colour though soon turned very dark - I'm assuming, because of this and her lack of motivation for escaping recently, which is usually top of her agenda, that this is evidence of a pre-molt stage). Thanks for any help!

P.S. She's approx 4" at the moment, how long should I expect this pre-molt stage to last before her molt actually happens? It's been a week or so upto now....Thanks again!
 

T-chick

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yes, missing hair and a spot that turns dark, shows the growth of new hair under the old skin.
Feed her one cricket a week,or so, and if with in 24 hours she has not eaten it, remove the cricket. You don't want one in with your T when it molts it can harm the T.
And each Premolt is different with each species.
 

P. Novak

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Hi,

I've got two questions: the first being, can you house both grey and black crickets together without any negative effects? And is a black abdomen on a tarantula a sure sign of an up-coming molt? (my L. Parahybana did have bald spots which were pale in colour though soon turned very dark - I'm assuming, because of this and her lack of motivation for escaping recently, which is usually top of her agenda, that this is evidence of a pre-molt stage). Thanks for any help!

P.S. She's approx 4" at the moment, how long should I expect this pre-molt stage to last before her molt actually happens? It's been a week or so upto now....Thanks again!
I'd say no to your first question because it's a different species of cricket right? If so, they'll attack and eat each other, sometimes the same species of cricket attack and eat each other so I think it'll only be worse with different species.

@T-chick, missing hair does NOT mean premolt. It's only the darkening of the abdomen that means premolt.

So, Alboy84, if it is a dark black color and was a peach pale color before, then she is definately in premolt. At that size, I'd say around a week(give or take a day or two) because she is a L.parahybana, and they tend to grow fast and premolt is usually short for this species.
 

Alboy84

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Thanks for the advice T-Chick and Novak. In reply about whether they are different species of cricket, yeah I think they are. At least now I know not to mix both kinds! My parahybana was definately pale coloured on her bald patches until about a week ago...now they are really dark. I had to ask because she doesn't normally flick hairs (so had no bald spot) until a couple of weeks back when I had to clean out her home due to mites - she didn't like being disturbed. So her patches were only there for a few days before they turned black.
 

P. Novak

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Thanks for the advice T-Chick and Novak. In reply about whether they are different species of cricket, yeah I think they are. At least now I know not to mix both kinds! My parahybana was definately pale coloured on her bald patches until about a week ago...now they are really dark. I had to ask because she doesn't normally flick hairs (so had no bald spot) until a couple of weeks back when I had to clean out her home due to mites - she didn't like being disturbed. So her patches were only there for a few days before they turned black.
The bald patches probably came from being stressed by the mites. They only kick when disturbed or stressed. Anyways, good luck on a successful molting, and if you can get some pics.
 

ShadowBlade

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1. No, there will be negative effects. But, I don't see by how much. Black and grey crix? As in, field crix and tophats?

2. Yes, the darkening skin is a sign of upcoming molt. But not the bald spots, (although sometimes a T nearing its molt will kick off lots of hairs).

-Sean
 

ShadowBlade

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Yeah, so probably field crickets and tophats. In the end, you'll probably have the fields eating the tophats.

I'd just keep them seperate, or buy one kind at a time.

-Sean
 

Alboy84

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Well, I woke up this morning and she was on her back...and she's almost fully shed her skin. So at least now I know. I'm going to post a pic of her shed skin - just to make sure that she is a 'she'!
 

P. Novak

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Well, I woke up this morning and she was on her back...and she's almost fully shed her skin. So at least now I know. I'm going to post a pic of her shed skin - just to make sure that she is a 'she'!
Awesome, can't wait! You know what part to get a picture of right?
 
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