URGENT HELP NEEDED: P. Metallica Problem !!!

hcsk8ter

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Hi,

One of my P. Metallica slings is acting quite strange. I wish I could get a good picture with my camera, but it seems the zoom distorts everything.
Anyway, the sling is in the corner on top of his spaghum moss with his front 2 feet raised toward the side of the pill bottle, abdomen is rather large. The sling kkeps the front two pair of feet raised at about a 60 degree angle, but not touching the side of the pill bottle. Very strange.
What scares me is that the sling is not moving much. At first I thought maybe its molting but its not on its back. I know T's can molt standing up but I also know slings molt usually within a few hours. The sling has been in this position since last night and is pretty non-responsive, although there is no sign of the sling trying to curl its leg underneath in a death pose.
So what should I do?

1. ICU?
2. Leave it be?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
 

GailC

Arachnoprince
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I'd leave him be. If he is getting ready to molt moving him could be disastrous.
 

Becky

Arachnolord
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I'd leave it be too. Keep an eye on it, but don't disturb it.
 

david goldsboro

Arachnosquire
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does it move it you touch it ? moving it wouldnt do no harm if its a spiderling i have had them moult in the post with no problems like you say slings moult quite fast , i would move it away from the others just to be safe
 

Skypainter

Arachnoknight
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Sounds like a threat pose to me. You may just have a sling with some attitude. I have seen some of my other T's hold threat poses for hours.
 

Steven.WK

Arachnoknight
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But threat posing overnight?

You said it was in a pill bottle. Did you by accident clip it's legs when closing the lid? They will lift their legs straight into the air when they are injured.
 

Tunedbeat

Arachnolord
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Are there webbings around her? If so, she could be molting, though it usually don't take that long for a sling.
 

funnylori

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I've seen my tarantulas hold some pretty interesting poses for days...

Unless a leg is caught in the lid, I would just leave it be and see what happens. Best not to disturb the wildlife in my opinion.
 

fangsalot

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bro,man i feel you.no lie i would be frekin out too if that happened with my P. when i 1st got her.especially after the excitement when i got her.good luck man.hope everything comes out ok.
 
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