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Thera Molted :)

by C1ay / April 10, 2007 11:22 AM PDT

Thera, my Goliath Birdeater has molted. Here's a couple of pics....

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Other than a very loud squishing sound,
by duckman / April 10, 2007 11:23 AM PDT
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what are spiders good for?

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They're fun to watch....
by C1ay / April 10, 2007 11:50 AM PDT

Like fish, they come in many different sizes and colors. They build a variety of burrows and nests. They're fun to watch and study...

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Fish at least are edible
by duckman / April 10, 2007 12:01 PM PDT

Haven't tried spider

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Actually....
by C1ay / April 10, 2007 1:07 PM PDT

The Goliath birdeater tarantula (Theraphosa Blondi) is considered a delicacy by the indigenous Piaroa of Venezuela....

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very cool
by Mark5019 / April 10, 2007 1:08 PM PDT
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but anything with more than 4 legs creeps me out

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I know someone named Spider...
by EdH / April 10, 2007 1:44 PM PDT

He wrote my new sig for me. He's so clever, or as we say in New England, "wicked smot". We are very proud of the progress he is making.

--Ed, the cartoonist who thinks he is a thinker!

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RE: Ed, the cartoonist who thinks he is a thinker!
by JP Bill / April 10, 2007 1:49 PM PDT

Why that's just silly

But it seems like Spidey (Spiderman) got to ya.

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Oh, so you know him too?
by EdH / April 10, 2007 2:02 PM PDT

Not surprised. Have you noticed that he drools much less now?


-Ed, the cartoonist who thinks he is a thinker!

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Wrong Spider
by Glenda / April 10, 2007 2:03 PM PDT

This one is from Mars Devil

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He's not really from Mars..
by EdH / April 10, 2007 2:19 PM PDT
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He just says that. He likes to make things up. Can't believe a word he says.

-Ed, the cartoonist who thinks he is a thinker!

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Spiders control other insects in your house
by Steven Haninger / April 10, 2007 9:02 PM PDT

They won't be hanging around if there's no food source so squishing them just increases the population of other pests.

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(NT) How often does Thera molt?
by Angeline Booher / April 11, 2007 4:27 AM PDT
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this explains alot
by Mark5019 / April 11, 2007 4:57 AM PDT

Molting: Tarantulas molt frequently before maturity, as often as every few weeks when very young. Adult females usually molt once a year, although Chilean rose spiders have been known to skip years. Males die after the molt that brings them to sexual maturity. This species grows very slowly. When the spider is approaching a molt, it will stop feeding. However, this species in particular is notorious for stopping feeding for very long periods of time, as long as a year, for no clear reason. In any case, a pre-molt animal will often develop a dark shiny patch on its abdomen, which is apparently related to the old exoskeleton separating and the hairs on the new one showing through. When the spider begins to molt, it will turn over on its back. This is the only time a tarantula naturally turns over on its back, including when dying (they die with their feet curled underneath ). Do not touch an animal that is molting, as it will be in a very fragile state and can be easily killed. It will take several hours, and you should not handle the animal for a week afterwards or try to feed it, until the new exoskeleton is completely hardened. Also, any crickets in the container with the spider while it is molting may kill it.

http://arachnophiliac.info/burrow/tcare.htm

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It's been 18 months since her last molt....
by C1ay / April 11, 2007 5:08 AM PDT

Since she's mature now she should molt everyone one to two years....

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