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My sons mexican red knee spider has been lying motionless on its back for three days now. Has anyone else experienced a molt this long or is it likely to be dead?
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whats is the humidity lol do u have a water bowl and spray the set-up every so often?
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The tank is humid with a water bowl but we dont spray the set up.
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this long into a molt i'd be fairly certain he hasn't survived, they need spraying esp when they molting.

How old is the MRK? and was it an adult male?
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Never spray a brachypelma . Just leave it sounds dead but Cant be sure just dont tuch it or do any thing . If it was an adult male it would not shed again .
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Hi,
My sons mexican red knee spider has been lying motionless on its back for three days now. Has anyone else experienced a molt this long or is it likely to be dead?
ive had a rosea lay on its back for 24 hrs. longest ive experienced. dont give up hope just yet
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Not sure how old as we got her as an adult, about 18 months at a guess.
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Not sure how old as we got her as an adult, about 18 months at a guess.
Hmmm, i think maybe someone was lying to you, females mature between 5 and 8 years of age and males 3 to 5 years roughly, source: AQUA-TERRA-VITA: Caring for your Mexican Red-Knee Tarantulas (Brachypelma smithi)

I questioned the age and sex because when an adult male goes into a shed the pedipalps and the tibial spurs (the "hook" like things on the front legs) can get stuck which kills it.

Chances are tho the humidity isn't high enough so the skin is stuck to it. Try mist spraying him/her, if it twitches its alive, it not the probability is high that its dead. The mist spray will most defo help it shed if its alive.

Hope this helps
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