This morning I woke up and headed upstairs to give our hissing and Dubai cockroaches some orange slices (yummy!) and found a few surprises. The first surprise was my Mexican Red Knee Tarantula flipped over and coming out of her old exoskeleton. It is very difficult to catch a tarantula as they molt as it's usually in the middle of the night. She was almost done and I was able to snap a few pictures and even get a quick video clip which I hope upload soon. Enjoy the pics below:
|This was how I first found her - she is on the left, the exoskeleton is on the right. She was just finishing pulling her legs out of the old "skin."|
|Here you can see the opening of the old exoskeleton as she gets the last few feet out.|
|After stretching the legs out, she then brings them all in just do repeat the process a few times.|
|Here she has flipped over and is now resting for the next few days. Her fangs are white after molting but will harden in a day or two and then she will be hungry...very, very hungry.|
|As I mention in my shows - it's always a treat to get the old exoskeleton out in one piece because you can have a LOT of fun with it - it looks just like a real tarantula at first glance!|
That's all for now!