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Old 06-11-2016, 12:48 PM
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I wonder if someone on here might know what is causing this? She's a Lampropelma Violeceopes. Bought at the BTS national this year as a sexed Juvenile. She's in a large arboreal tank and lives happily down the bottom of a large cork tube, heat and humidity are kept to recommended levels. It looks like some sort of disease? There's black bobbles like coal on her abdomen and hair loss all over. She's been like this for a few months now.

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Old 06-11-2016, 01:17 PM
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I wonder if someone on here might know what is causing this? She's a Lampropelma Violeceopes. Bought at the BTS national this year as a sexed Juvenile. She's in a large arboreal tank and lives happily down the bottom of a large cork tube, heat and humidity are kept to recommended levels. It looks like some sort of disease? There's black bobbles like coal on her abdomen and hair loss all over. She's been like this for a few months now.

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Can't help sorry. Are you sure the sub at the bottom of the tube isn't sodden? Her abdomen looks wet. Or is it dry? She could just becoming up to a molt. T's often become a bit grubby before getting a new set of clothes.
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Old 06-11-2016, 08:00 PM
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Are there mites?
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Old 07-11-2016, 07:52 AM
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I haven't seen any mites, the tank is not soaking, just moist substrate and a modicum of humidity.

The poor girl doesn't ever show herself in the light of day and I was lucky to get that pic, it was the first time I'd seen her for about three months.

I can shine a torch down the tube and see she's still moving about etc. so I knew not to disturb her further.

It does seem this is a real mystery then, obviously not a common ailment, I've had T's for 30 years and have never had an ill one before.
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Old 07-11-2016, 07:56 AM
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Can't help sorry. Are you sure the sub at the bottom of the tube isn't sodden? Her abdomen looks wet. Or is it dry? She could just becoming up to a molt. T's often become a bit grubby before getting a new set of clothes.

The black bobbles are dry and stick up from the skin some way, look just like coal!

I've seen some fading of colours before in other T's and some balding etc. before a moult but nothing for months on end like this!
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The black bobbles are dry and stick up from the skin some way, look just like coal!

I've seen some fading of colours before in other T's and some balding etc. before a moult but nothing for months on end like this!
If it's definitely not sub that's really weird.

I've posted it on Arachnoboards for you so fingers crossed you'll have an answer shortly.
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Going to need a better pic of the abdomen. If need be take a pic down the cork bark.
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I haven't seen any mites, the tank is not soaking, just moist substrate and a modicum of humidity.

The poor girl doesn't ever show herself in the light of day and I was lucky to get that pic, it was the first time I'd seen her for about three months.

I can shine a torch down the tube and see she's still moving about etc. so I knew not to disturb her further.

It does seem this is a real mystery then, obviously not a common ailment, I've had T's for 30 years and have never had an ill one before.

Didn't you say she seems healthy though?

Also. 'doesn't ever show herself in the light of day'. Why is that a worry?
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Old 07-11-2016, 04:38 PM
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The concensus, from that pic is that it's just sub stuck to it's abdomen and like I typed in a previous post T's can lose hair and look grubby in between sheds.
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Old 07-11-2016, 10:42 PM
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Maybe he's been micro managing it too much. Spiders "thrive on neglect", apart from some water and the odd cricket
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