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Old Jul 26, 2011, 3:30 AM   #1
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Default My Chilian Rose Hair Tarantula Molting-Gracie

We found Gracie laying on her back tonight after a month and a half of not eating. They stop eating for a while before molting. Last night when I came home after work, I noticed she had made a nice bed after digging all over her cage. I was stressing out for a while. My last tarantula was 12 years old before she died during a molt. Gracie made it through in about 8 hours. She's back furry side up and safe as I type!
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Old Jul 26, 2011, 3:39 AM   #2
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Sorry for the number of photos...This is the first time that I've actually witnessed a molt. It's one of the coolest things I've ever seen, and I'm happy she made it through ok. All photos where taken with my D90 and Tamron 90mm Macro at f8-f18...SB600 with a Lumiquest Softbox LTP laying on top of her cage for the light...
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Old Jul 26, 2011, 3:43 AM   #3
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Gracie's new and old skin...
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Old Jul 26, 2011, 6:31 AM   #4
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Awesome pictures!! Great series - first tarantula molt I've seen.

If she wiggles while trying to get out of her skin I guess you could call it a tarantula molt shake.
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Very interesting series, thanks for sharing. I did not know that Tarantulas lived that long.

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Now that is cool. Just gotta ask,have you ever been bitten by one? I have heard they are mellow but if I had those fangs I would be tempted to try them out.
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Fascinating, thanks so much for posting those. coolest thing i've seen in a while. Glad she made it through i bet that was nerve wracking
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WOW, hooray for Gracie!! Molting by any creature always fascinates me! I'm so glad she made it through, and was able to share the special moment with you! What a great capture, and hope she is with you for many more years. How old is she? We have wild ones here where I live, but not suitable for pets, I don't think.
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An amazing feature of an insect life cycle. Great series. Thanks for sharing.

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Great job capturing Gracie's molt. I have 8 tarantulas myself and I am in awe every time one undergoes this amazing process. It's like you have a garden glove on one hand and then have to remove it by only using the muscles in the gloved hand to push it off. Incredible!

Well done and now Gracie has a glorious new set of duds to show off.
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