HELP!!!!! my A. Geniculata need serious help.

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4 years 1 month ago - 4 years 1 month ago #70513 by keagan
Hi guys
my A. geniculata is not well. my brother had her for about 6months and ive got her but something is seriously wrong.!
it looks as if she has started molting with out turning on her back.
her abdomen is pitch black and wet and she isant moving but is not dead...
plzzzz guys help!!!!!


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4 years 1 month ago - 4 years 1 month ago #70514 by Dirk Cruger
I've had little experience with this. But here goes anway...

Though unusual it's not unheard of for T's to molt in upright position. From what I've read it could cause issues I think in particular with the strething out after. Many a T however has molted succesfully in this position.

One of my little slings tried the upright molt thing once but I caught it early and gently turned him on his back. He came out fine.

I have a little concern with the pic though. I would've expected the carapace part to start coming loose before the abdomen.
I also find the lack of hair on the exposed part of the abdomen troubling, for this reason I would advise against turning over or touching the T.

More cleverer person to confirm or shoot this down please....

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4 years 1 month ago #70515 by Shaun Tosen
I am NOT more cleverer, but I will have a go.

It does not look like a molt. There is no bald spot. And the colors look too clear. It almost looks like the abdomen has ruptured. I really hope I am wrong.

We need to get help form the BIG GUNS on this one.

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4 years 1 month ago - 4 years 1 month ago #70516 by Jake
If it was a rupture you would of seen fluid and what looks like white "goo".

Normally the abdomen tears on the side when the spider starts molting, then the head part poops off.
can you try taking better quality photos and closure to the spiders abdomen, use a desk side lamp to help with the quality and focusing of your phone.


Keagan, look for movement on top of the head, it will look like a pulsating movement, a heart beat, if you see that then you now she is molting out..
take a look at this video, you will be able to see what I'm talking about.

Source: Xenesthis sp "White" Molting

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4 years 1 month ago #70517 by Shaun Tosen
Sooooo happy that I am wrong

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4 years 1 month ago #70520 by Curtis
This happened to my MF L.violaceopes a while back there is even a thread on it here somewhere too.
It seems to me that it happens before a moult sometimes when the T may try go through a tight space and tear a piece of their abdomen exoskeleton off. Does it look wet too you?

It is definitely not normal but my lovely girl moulted out perfectly a week or 2 later so I wouldnt be too concerned ;)

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