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      Not eating after molt

      Hey guys I'm a little worried, my A. Calchodes and G. Porteri haven't been eating since they molted, my Porteri ate once and the A. Calchodes hasn't eaten at all I waited the recommended 3-5 days after molt to feed them. Could they possibly be getting ready to molt again so quickly? They're both still Slings but the Porteri is pretty big for one maybe a Juvenile. Any help would be much appreciated.

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      Quote Originally Posted by xSicSolx View Post
      Hey guys I'm a little worried, my A. Calchodes and G. Porteri haven't been eating since they molted, my Porteri ate once and the A. Calchodes hasn't eaten at all I waited the recommended 3-5 days after molt to feed them. Could they possibly be getting ready to molt again so quickly?
      How big is each tarantula? How long ago did each one molt?

      They can't possibly be ready to molt so soon after molting. It takes a certain amount of time for the new exoskeleton to develop beneath the old one.

      The most likely explanation is that they're just not ready to feed yet. (Are their fangs black? You should always wait until the fangs turn black, as softer fangs might break.) I would keep offering food every few days.

      I suppose it's possible that some complication in the molting process, such as the esophagus and sucking stomach failing to molt, could prevent eating, but it seems unlikely that it would happen to two different spiders. If you still have the exuviae, looking for this piece of anatomy can rule that out.

      This area is fragile and often breaks off the exuviae, but if it's intact, it looks like this:
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      They are both slings, the Porteri is bigger maybe an inch and 3/4, about a week and a half for the A. Calchodes and a month for the Porteri since the molt, the Porteri ate once already. I checked their fangs and they are definitely black. The A. Calchodes is significantly smaller.

      All their molts have been chewed up or i would definitely look for that, thank you for the in depth reply it is much appreciated.

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      Both species are very long lived desert/arid species so they may take their time feeding again after molting. Maybe twice the time a tropical species would take.
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      Ah ok, thank you for the info, the rose hair just ate again today, the blond hasn't yet but I think he will, maybe I'm just overly worrisome for the little fellas, having OCD doesn't help either haha thanks all.

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