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Problem with my P metallica male

Discussion in 'General Tarantula Discussion' started by Marija, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. Marija

    Marija Well-Known Member

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    My p metallica male that I got more that a month ago started to act funny today.
    He's not able to hold on to surfaces well and his abdomen seems shriveled. I was even able to flip him over.
    I've put him in a clean container with damp paper towel...
    Any advice on what to do? Thank you
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  2. Enn49

    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Could he be an MM that is nearing his end? Normally I'd say premoult with the problems gripping but if his abdomen is shrivelled it suggests old age.
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  3. Marija

    Marija Well-Known Member

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    He's not mature though, he's a young male.
    This is him 5 days ago when he was perfectly fine.
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    Unfortunately there usually isn't much you can do... since he'll let you flip him over, maybe put a drop of water on his fangs and see if he drinks. If so keep adding drops of water until he's done drinking.
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    He drank from a drop of water yesterday in the ICU but unfortunately passed away during the night.
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    Sorry to hear that :(
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    Marija Well-Known Member

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    Thank you.
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    I'm so sorry, I know how happy to were when you got him :(. Make sure you speak to Jakub about it.
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    I'm sorry to hear that...
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    Marija Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Enn, I was happy to have a pair of such beautiful species. I guess I'll have to find an another male.
    I've emailed Jakub as you said.
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    Thank you.
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    I'm sorry to hear that happened
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    Marija Well-Known Member

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    Thank you.
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    Sounds like dehydration..
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    sorry @Marija sucks to lose them like that :(
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    Thank you.
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    Old age for sure... :(
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