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B. Albopilosum hasn't eaten in almost 4 months.

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  1. SedativeMan

    SedativeMan New Member

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    Hello everyone,

    My B. Albopilosum is about 4-5 years old with a 4-5" legspan hasn't eaten for a little over 4 months. She was in the process of pre-molting and did so about a month ago. But, she still won't take any crickets. Her abdomen has shrunk considerably from its size pre-molt though she doesn't look starved. She still moves about her enclosure a bit, but doesn't seem interested in crickets even though it's been 3-4 weeks since her molt. I keep her water dish topped off and offer her a cricket every week or so. Is this normal? I know very mature tarantulas can go for a very long time without eating, but this is uncharacteristic of her usually voracious appetite. Any suggestions or opinions would be much appreciated.

    Secondly, I read a little while ago to leave her shed exoskeleton in the enclosure because tarantulas will actually eat it to regain some nutrients. I had never done this until now and she hasn't touched her shed exoskeleton since her molt. Should I just remove it?

    Thank you for any assistance. Attached is an image of her just in case it's helpful in any way. image1.JPG
  2. Enn49

    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Are you 100% certain it's female? A mature male is less likely to eat.
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    SedativeMan New Member

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    The person who sold it to me said it was female, but I have not confirmed it for myself. Perhaps I'll give that a go. =]
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