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removing a molt

Discussion in 'General Tarantula Discussion' started by LittleBlueSpooder, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. LittleBlueSpooder

    LittleBlueSpooder Member

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    I have a strange question. My C.Versicolor has molted, so obviously I want to get a look at it to see if I can sex it. The problem I have is that it has molted inside the same bromeliad it has also built it's home in (see the picture). I don't want to destroy the web if I can help it, so here's my question...
    Will the spider eject the molt on it's own, or will I have to go in and get it?

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  2. Enn49

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

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    Unfortunately only your T can answer that. Some will throw the moult out almost immediately, others hang on to them. One of my big girls has just thrown out 2 old exos from her last moults in February and August last year. If you really want to get it out quickly then use a pair of tweezers or tongs.
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    Thanks @Enn49. As with most things it won’t be that simple. The only way to get in with tongs is to go in through the side of the plant, between the leaves and damaging the web. I’ll see what happens in the next few days & take it from there
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    Arachnoclown Well-Known Member Premium Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    They have an endless supply of webbing...dont feel bad. Plus they just sit around all day anyways...now it will have something to do.;)
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    Nunua Well-Known Member 3 Year Member

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    Also, no one in the wild asks the T if it's ok to destroy the web ;) So no worries, your versi won't start planning an evil revenge :D
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    I never thought of it that way, it's not such a bad thing after all. Thanks
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    I would try to do minimal damage but repairing would be nothing like rehousing..
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    Good news, I've managed to get the molt out without disturbing the T too much. I made a small cut at the base of the web where the leaves overlap while the spider was up top & managed to grab the molt with tongs and pulled it out. Unfortunately I cant sex it this time as the abdomen was a bit of a mess, but there's always next time. I haven't managed to get shots of the new suit yet, but I've caught a quick glimpse of the spider & I can see that it's starting to develop the red hairs on it's legs & abdomen. So watch this space for pics of that.

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

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    Well done, better luck next time for sexing.
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    Dave Jay Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    I'm probably a bit late, but when I fill water dishes if they're webbed over or just webbed onto when I pick them up I spool the webbing onto them a bit like they do with fairy floss (cotton candy). Just enough to take up the stray webbing, usually the tunnels stay intact but if they tear I spool them on too and just leave the webbing that stays in place. Some will replace it immediately, others just tidy up what's left.
    As Arachnoclown said, what else do they do with their day? In captivity, any resources used repairing or replacing webbing are easily replaced, food and water are unlimited.
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    ilovebrachys Well-Known Member

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    Good Advice @Dave Jay and @Arachnoclown -a Ts life can be such a busy one lol we need to give them something to do ,clean up and fix up:)
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