Unoticed pre molt

ballpython2

Arachnoprince
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I have a P cambridgei that just molted what I think seems to be last night. But the problem ( or just my issue) is that when he was out last night and the previous days his abdomen was regular size it wasn't anywhere near a fat abdomen pre - molt.

So my question is do aboreals (speficially the Psalmopoeus genus) HAVE to have a fat abdomen to molt?

because as i said above...mine had a regular /average sized abdomen but still molted and he didn't have any injuries at all or missing limbs etc.

So what could have made this guy/ girl molt?
 

julesaussies

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he was out last night and the previous days his abdomen was regular size it wasn't anywhere near a fat abdomen pre - molt.

So my question is do aboreals (speficially the Psalmopoeus genus) HAVE to have a fat abdomen to molt?

because as i said above...mine had a regular /average sized abdomen but still molted and he didn't have any injuries at all or missing limbs etc.

i'm certainly no expert but i wasn't aware of a fat or larger than normal abdomen ever being a sign of pre-molt and much less a requirement to molt. i assumed the size of the abdomen was directly related to how much they eat or if a female is gravid and of course, some species get a bigger booty than others. i would guess that your T molted simply because it was time. i would be curious to learn what more experienced people have to say.
 

ShadowBlade

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Fat abdomen means nothing. Not eating is more important. P. cambridgei also grow at an incredible rate, and quite short pre-molt times. Its quite possible to miss it.

-Sean
 
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