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Eating but Abdomen Shrinking

Discussion in 'General Tarantula Discussion' started by Turtlynne, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. Turtlynne

    Turtlynne Member

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    Hi...My E.campestratus has probably lost at least half of it's abdominal size over the last 3-4 weeks.(REALLY dramatic size decrease!) I have seen it eat good sized red runner at least 3 times during that time period. This is a spider I purchased as a small sling approximately 1 1/2 years ago so it is not really an 'elderly' spider. It has been very active and continues to cruise alot! Any ideas what might be going on? I am becoming concerned at this point but suspect there's nothing I can do but continue good care.
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    Could dehydration be a factor?
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    Make sure water is available. Give it larger feeders or feed it more frequently.
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    Thanks so much....have been keeping water bowl carefully full 24/7...but will try bigger runners - although since T is large it gets the larger ones when I do feed - and it has been ignoring some of them( have given both males and females - I usually feed 2x/ week).......it's a puzzlement.....thanx again - keeping a close eye on it.
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    Try feeding it an earth worm that isn't more then twice as long as the tarantula. These are occasional treats, not a steady diet. Earthworms have a high moisture content and lots of calories.
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    How big is it? Any chance of a picture so we can see how dire the situation is?
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    Pictures would definitely help if at all possible, might I suggest superworms or mealworms.
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    Has it secretly moulted?
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    Phil Well-Known Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    you sure not a mature male?
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    thanks everyone for your kind answers... yesterday I fed 'Pink' an earthworm...scarffed it right up...today I managed to get the spider out in full view for a photo and perhaps the idea that abdomen is very small is an illusion because of the absence of all the setae - i don't pester or handle my spiders so i don't know why the 'baldness' - I've never seen this spider flick hair...have posted photo...spider continues to behave in what I consider a 'normal' spiderly fashion...again - perhaps the smallness was just all in my head!

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    Looks just fine to me! Also, the abdomen looks dark like it’s ready to molt. I’m surprised it ate.
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    I agree, looks like premolt. Sometimes the legs and body will appear to be slightly slimmer. I haven't seen this all that much in mine, but I've heard that this makes it easier for them to get out of the old exoskeleton.
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    That’s a mature male. The chances of it moulting again are highly unlikely.

    It’s abdomen will continue to shrink as its lifespan comes to an end.
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    Your eyes are better than mine then. Too blurry for me to see hooks or bulbs.
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    Whitelightning777 Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    I edited the picture so hopefully done more detail is revealed. I didn't see any hooks, but some males don't have them.

    Tarantula abdomen shrink edit 1.jpg

    I hope this helps.
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    I think I spy a hook in the yellow circle Tarantula abdomen shrink edit 1.jpg
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    Yes, now I see it. I think there's also one on the other leg but it's very faint.

    Still, try feeding him an earthworm.
  18. Turtlynne

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    I suspected this was a male...thanks for confirming...hoping he will be with me a little while longer!(p.s. he loved the worm)
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    Whitelightning777 Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    I usually feed my larger terrestrials one earthworm per month in addition to the usual feeders. It keeps them happy.

    Earthworms and Hornworms will bulk up practically any invertebrate.