Very odd trapdoor spider behaviour!

Shazz

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Right, well my Silver leg trapdoor spider, labelled only as Cyphonsia Sp. has been acting very strangely, he(i say 'he' but gender is unknown) has filled in its burrow and rebuilt about 3 times in the past few weeks since i got it, which isn't too unusual, but recently it has left its burrow and just sits outside almost in a half death curl and is very unresponsive almost like he's stoned, you can prod and poke him and even almost cover him entirely in dirt and he won't even flinch, but prod him enough and he will go into a normal stance and run a few inches away but then stop and instantly become in that almost unresponsive state again. He doesn't eat and isn't skinny or fat, he isn't dehydrated and doesn't drink any water when provided. He was sold to me as a juvie, and has not moulted since, size is approx 1inch in leg span, 1.5 at the most, no bigger than the average house spider. He is kept in a tall plastic sweet jar approximately 5inch in diameter and 8inches deep yet his burrows never go deeper than an inch. Any questions pls ask, i want to get to the bottom of this odd behaviour!
 

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What kind of substrate do you have it on? Sounds like it isn't a huge fan of what it's on now, or there's something not quite right that it can't get over.
 

basin79

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Right, well my Silver leg trapdoor spider, labelled only as Cyphonsia Sp. has been acting very strangely, he(i say 'he' but gender is unknown) has filled in its burrow and rebuilt about 3 times in the past few weeks since i got it, which isn't too unusual, but recently it has left its burrow and just sits outside almost in a half death curl and is very unresponsive almost like he's stoned, you can prod and poke him and even almost cover him entirely in dirt and he won't even flinch, but prod him enough and he will go into a normal stance and run a few inches away but then stop and instantly become in that almost unresponsive state again. He doesn't eat and isn't skinny or fat, he isn't dehydrated and doesn't drink any water when provided. He was sold to me as a juvie, and has not moulted since, size is approx 1inch in leg span, 1.5 at the most, no bigger than the average house spider. He is kept in a tall plastic sweet jar approximately 5inch in diameter and 8inches deep yet his burrows never go deeper than an inch. Any questions pls ask, i want to get to the bottom of this odd behaviour!
Could just be unsettled. Could be coming up to a moult and didn't feel his tunnel was adequate.
 

Shazz

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What kind of substrate do you have it on? Sounds like it isn't a huge fan of what it's on now, or there's something not quite right that it can't get over.
Its on cocofibre, from those bricks, its quite moist but theres plenty of ventilation.
 

Shazz

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Could just be unsettled. Could be coming up to a moult and didn't feel his tunnel was adequate.
That would explain the re-tunneling, but not the unresponsiveness. Afterall this is a trapdoor spider that i can tip over without him flinching, hell pretty much only move if u roll him 360 degrees lol.
 

basin79

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That would explain the re-tunneling, but not the unresponsiveness. Afterall this is a trapdoor spider that i can tip over without him flinching, hell pretty much only move if u roll him 360 degrees lol.
If it's in premoult you will be doing a lot of harm.

Just leave it be and see what happens.
 

Shazz

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If it's in premoult you will be doing a lot of harm.

Just leave it be and see what happens.
Would be the weirdest premoult ive ever seen, usually this sort of behaviour would be less than 48hours before a moult. I will leave it another week or so, my guess is it will either recover or die, i cant imagine a spider behaving like this will survive for very long.
 

basin79

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Would be the weirdest premoult ive ever seen, usually this sort of behaviour would be less than 48hours before a moult. I will leave it another week or so, my guess is it will either recover or die, i cant imagine a spider behaving like this will survive for very long.
Time will tell. Hope everything turns out well.
 
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