Grammostola pulchripes molting

Trace

Captain Awesome
The last few weeks one of my spiders hasn't been eating so I knew she was heading into a molt. I came home the other night and found her upside down (this means shedding is imminent) and in a protective cocoon of web.

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Close-up of her pre-shed chelicerae and fangs.

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Within a few hours the skin on the abdomen breaks and the spider starts to push off the old skin.

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Freshly molted chelicerae, fangs and mouth parts.

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Spinnerets,

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Drying off and hardening up.

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All told this process took about 5 hours and was really neat to watch from beginning to end. Hope you all enjoyed and weren't too creeped out.

Cheers,
T
 

PrettyInInk87

New Member
Wow, those pictures are AWESOME! G. pulchripes are amazing looking things and get HUGE. I always miss when my T's molt. :rolleyes: I have 2 T's in pre-molt at the moment and am just waiting for them to molt and compare the size difference. :D
 

laurie

Retired Moderator
Gee thanks for tonight's nightmares. Sorry I didn't know what they were by the scientific name or I would have known better than to open your thread. Not even for your critters could i look at them, I got past about 4 and had to stop. I am such a wimp, spiders just really do it to me. I am happy for you --- & IT.
 
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