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Michael
05-30-2008, 08:44 PM
Hi all,

OK, it's not all that bad but i'm more mad at myself than anything. I haven't done regular checks on all my critter lately and i just found my little A. bicoloratum with it's molt stuck on its abdomen. it looks like it was a couple days ago that it molted because it was all hardened. Anyways, i got some water and added a bit of glycerin to it and did my best to get it off, and i think i did it. it just looked so sad when i first looked at it, running around with its old self hanging of of it:(

Here are a couple pictures, it was unbelievably hard to work on a T this small, it barely gained any size with this molt. I had to rely on my camera to show me what exactly needed to be done. I just wish i had looked in on the poor little fella a couple days ago and got it when it would have been easier on both of us. i guess i just wait and make sure it is ok.

Before:
http://img47.imageshack.us/img47/2001/img0422ad0.jpg

http://img95.imageshack.us/img95/9854/img0428hi3.jpg

After:
http://img93.imageshack.us/img93/2313/img0431gg5.jpg

animalover
05-30-2008, 08:49 PM
Nice job man! Sure is tiny! Good thing you have a good camera to help you out eh!! Glad he is ok.

Ollie
05-30-2008, 09:30 PM
Good work Mike. I'm sure she'll be fine now.

Neil
05-30-2008, 09:35 PM
K now I'm even more paranoid about my little one,thanks! They are so tiny I check mine every day and I think it's getting ready to molt too,it's barricaded its self in it's burrow.Since your a pro I'll be calling you if there is a problem....

whiskeygirl
05-30-2008, 10:52 PM
Poor lil guy ... glad to hear hes better now. I hope all is well with him now.

Michael
05-31-2008, 10:01 AM
thanks everyone, he/she seems fine this morning so i guess all is well:D

Neil, no reason to be paranoid, i actually think little ones have it easier come molt time, i get nervous when one of my big ones molts! that's when i start fearing about problems since it takes them so long.

Birdy75
05-31-2008, 06:22 PM
Sorry for the ignorance, but what can happen when they don't molt properly? You guys are making it sound pretty serious. (Herp owner in training :) )

Michael
06-01-2008, 07:00 AM
Sorry for the ignorance, but what can happen when they don't molt properly? You guys are making it sound pretty serious. (Herp owner in training :) )


depending on how bad it is, a molt gone wrong can lead to death if you don't help out. it is actually a fairly rare occurrence but it does happen. in this case, i think if i had done nothing about it the little guy would have been ok, but in more extreme cases it will fight to get out of its exoskeleton until it dies, but again, it rarely happens. I've been keeping T's for close to 2 years and this is the first bad molt i've had, and it wasn't even that bad.

Birdy75
06-02-2008, 08:09 AM
Ya, I understand that they get hard after they molt. So, ya that makes sense. Thanks for the answer Mike :)