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How do I know when to feed in relation to a molt?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Feeding and Feeder Insects' started by Arirang, Jul 22, 2018.

  1. Arirang

    Arirang New Member

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    Hello, all!

    I recently got an Arizona desert blonde named Galadriel who is in pre-molt (losing hairs on her osthosoma). The breeder who gave her to me said she is definitely fasting, so I haven't fed her. I was wondering how long after the molt I need to wait for the new exoskeleton to harden so I can feed her.
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    Tortoise Tom Well-Known Member

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    For me this has varied depending on many factors. Temperature, size and species being the primary ones. My 10 year old large adult female G. pulchra might go 4 weeks without eating pre-molt and 2-3 weeks post molt. Outside out this now annual occurrence, she's pretty ravenous. Some of my tiny slings are ready to eat 48 hours after a molt, and maybe sooner, but I'm not in a hurry.

    If we are talking about an adult spider, I'd wait at least a couple of weeks after molt and then offer food. If she doesn't eat it, remove it and try again after a few days. Make sure drinking water is always available.
  3. Enn49

    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    The general rule is to wait until the fangs are black then try feeding.