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    Thread: Lost My First Tarantula

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      Lost My First Tarantula

      Tonight I lost my first tarantula, Twinkle Toes, my 10-year-old Avicularia avicularia. She started molting some time today -- I'm guessing this morning based on the condition she was in. I think the cramped location where she decided to molt may have complicated things, because while she had freed some of her hind legs, the exuviae was still almost completely on the rest of her body and legs.

      I first checked on her this afternoon and noticed that she was molting, but I left her alone, because that's usually the best thing to do. Six hours later, she had made absolutely no progress from the time I first checked on her. It became clear that she was hopelessly stuck.

      I've never heard any accounts where someone successfully extracted a tarantula from such a bad molt, but seeing as she would certainly die if we did nothing, we decided to try as a last-ditch effort.

      Three of her hind legs were free. Two were stuck at the patellae. The other legs were stuck at the coxae. The sternum was free; her carapace was cracked and separated but still on her. Her abdomen was still inside the old abdomen. Her chelicerae and palps were still almost completely in the exuviae.

      It became clear as we progressed that the molting had begun much earlier than when I first saw her this afternoon, because the new exoskeleton had begun to harden inside the exuviae. After an hour, we had finally gotten the exuviae off. Although it was likely a lost cause from the beginning, I think we inadvertently hastened her death when the soft skin near her face was punctured or torn near the end. (She had been moving before then, but she stopped within a minute or two of the injury.)

      She was my first tarantula, and there will always be a special place for her in my heart.

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      I'm so sorry for your loss. Twinkle Toes was a lovely girl.


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      So sorry to hear this Ungoliant.

      She will be missed.


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      Toss the male in, take him out of the water dish in bolus form the next day.

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      So sorry for your loss.

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      I'm so very sorry she passed...you did all the right things for her to live even that long...
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      Ungoliant....

      I am so sorry. ((hugs))

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      Out of habit, I keep looking over to check on her, and seeing the empty enclosure makes me sad.

      I need to clean it out and set it up for a new arboreal.
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      I buried Twinkle Toes under a pink azalea (almost the same color as her toes) that we planted today.

      To the right (not shown in this photo), we planted a holly that is favored by grass spiders.

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      Thoughtful burial
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