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Should i change the enclo?

Zarshenyu

Active Member
Hello.

I have a juvenile male B. Albo. Now i think he's about to molt because his abdomen is pretty bald.

Should i change the enclosure before his molt? I'm afraid that he would get stuck because the wrong size of the enclo.
The size of enclosure
Long: 18 cm
Width: 12 cm
Height: 8 cm.

Thank you for your attention.

Ps: Here are pictures of the enclo and size of my T.

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Zarshenyu

Active Member
If he is close to moulting then leave him he doesn't need the added stress. Once he has hardened up after moulting, maybe a couple of weeks then you can rehouse him.
This is his current situation right now. He's still pretty active i think. And he just ate a crickets 5 days ago, before he bald like this. He got bald like 2 days ago. The abdoment is still pale. Any idea how long when will he going to moult?

Thank you

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InEx Situ

Member
You can typically tell if a tarantula is about to molt if their abdomen (the bold spot) is dark and shiny. Based on the pictures, doesn't look like it's going to molt anytime soon. Maybe you can start decorating the new enclosure now?;)
 

Zarshenyu

Active Member
Only he knows that unfortunately. Once his abdomen darkens, moult is usually just a few days away.
Sorry for the late reply. Kinda busy this week..

Now he has a black spot on his abdomen. I think it will be few weeks before he molt?

I will attach the photo soon
 

Zarshenyu

Active Member
You can typically tell if a tarantula is about to molt if their abdomen (the bold spot) is dark and shiny. Based on the pictures, doesn't look like it's going to molt anytime soon. Maybe you can start decorating the new enclosure now?;)

He's pretty lethargic now. Last week i gave him crickets, it took 2 hours for him to catch the crickets. The crickets even walked below his leg and he just stood quietly.. And now he has a black spot on his abdomen..
 

RonC

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It may continue to darken over the next few days. When we say turns dark think like a ripe grape color and the whole abdomen. Wont stay that dark for long before it molts. Here's a pic of a B.hamorii sling normally and immediately pre-molt.
 

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Zarshenyu

Active Member
It may continue to darken over the next few days. When we say turns dark think like a ripe grape color and the whole abdomen. Wont stay that dark for long before it molts. Here's a pic of a B.hamorii sling normally and immediately pre-molt.
Okay, noted.
Should i give him crickets or not? Today is his feeding schedule. But im afraid it'll be adding more stress to him
 

Tortoise Tom

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Okay, noted.
Should i give him crickets or not? Today is his feeding schedule. But im afraid it'll be adding more stress to him
You can always drop in a cricket. If he eats it, great! If he doesn't eat it, then you know the molt is coming within the next week or so, and you'll have to remove the cricket so it doesn't injure him during the molt.
 

Zarshenyu

Active Member
You can always drop in a cricket. If he eats it, great! If he doesn't eat it, then you know the molt is coming within the next week or so, and you'll have to remove the cricket so it doesn't injure him during the molt.
Last time i drop a crickets was 1 week ago. It took 2 hours for him to catch because he was so lethargic and he wasn't looks like interest to eat that. And he took a long time than usual to eat. Usually, he take 2 hours to eat 1 crickets. Last week, he took 4 hours.

This is his abdomen looks like right now:
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If i drop crickets, how long i should wait to pick it up again (if my T won't eat it)?

Thank you
 

Zarshenyu

Active Member
You can always drop in a cricket. If he eats it, great! If he doesn't eat it, then you know the molt is coming within the next week or so, and you'll have to remove the cricket so it doesn't injure him during the molt.
Last time i drop a crickets was 1 week ago. It took 2 hours for him to catch because he was so lethargic and he wasn't looks like interest to eat that. And he took a long time than usual to eat. Usually, he take 2 hours to eat 1 crickets. Last week, he took 4 hours.

This is his abdomen looks like right now:
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If i drop crickets, how long i should wait to pick it up again (if my T won't eat it)?

Thank you
 

RonC

Well-Known Member
You can leave it for a few hours. Being close to molt I would not leave it overnight. Some of mine eat quickly then other times they eat slowly. As they get closer to molt their eyesight also decreases because of the old exoskeleton so that could also account for not taking the feeder quickly. They don't see real well on a normal day. Patience, it will happen. I'm a new keeper myself and understand you anxiety.
 

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