What is on my B. Vagans sling?

AmberDawnDays

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I recently noticed some brown crusty stuff on one of my B. Vagans slings. I havent noticed any unusual behavior from the sling, but I wanted to see what people thought the stuff could be. I don't think it's possible that the sling fell because it's in a very small enclosure about the size of a condiment cup, but its a plastic "lockit"container. Does it just look like dried substrate? Will it molt off or could this be a problem for molting?
 

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Ungoliant

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Does it just look like dried substrate? Will it molt off or could this be a problem for molting?
It looks similar to some of the substrate in your enclosure. If it is substrate, I would not worry: it will either fall of on its own or come off with the next molt.
 

AmberDawnDays

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It looks similar to some of the substrate in your enclosure. If it is substrate, I would not worry: it will either fall of on its own or come off with the next molt.
What would cause the substrate to dry on the abdomen like that? Should the substrate be a little more moist to prevent this?
 

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What would cause the substrate to dry on the abdomen like that? Should the substrate be a little more moist to prevent this?
Worst-case scenario: the tarantula is injured and the substrate stuck to the wound.

However, I have seen substrate (not dried on but just clinging for whatever reason) on my uninjured pulchra for no obvious reason. I assume it got on her while she was dozing or something.


Should the substrate be a little more moist to prevent this?
How big is the sling?
 

Red Eunice

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It does appear to be a bit substrate to me. Maybe use a paintbrush and gently brush it off. Or leave it be, looks to be in premolt anyway.
 

AmberDawnDays

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It does appear to be a bit substrate to me. Maybe use a paintbrush and gently brush it off. Or leave it be, looks to be in premolt anyway.
It's taken all of my strength not to clean it off with a paintbrush or something. I was worried I'd hurt it or stress it.
 

Ghost56

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Probably just got some mealworm guts on it, then the sub stuck to that. Looks to be in super heavy premolt, it'll molt just fine and be clean :).
 

EulersK

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My B. emilia has been walking around with a clump of dirt on her abdomen since she molted six months ago... some individuals are cleaner than others :p
 

cold blood

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Where's Hobo these days, he used to like to jump onto these kinds of threads.

Answer: poop

Your t pooped and managed, as they sometimes do, to be clumsy and rub onto its own fresh doo doo...the sticky doo doo caused the substrate to stick to the area.
 
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