I had to do some tearing down of my spider area this evening, so I fed and watered while I tore down.
To my surprise, I found several of my gang in a less than healthy state. Thought I'd share my misfourtune with y'all and ask if this has happened to others (and to hopefully get some input).
The list of the deceased:
Fed last in June. Has refused since. Thought it was in pre-molt... guess not.
V.spinigeris (x2) 2"
These were part of a larger group I brought back from AZ after the conference. All others are doing well and fed in the last cycle (2 weeks ago)
C.exilicauda 4th instar
This was the last of Emily T's offspring. (Yes, Emily, I'm pretty sure it was only 4th instar but I might have missed a molt). Ate last cycle.
L.hesperus (x3) 1"
All these females ate in the last feeding cycle, and the other 9 are still doing just fine.
D.fasciata adult male
Had been eating and drinking what I consider "normally" for my gang. Last coupling with the female resulted in a pierced leg, near the coxa I believe. he looked ok otherwise. Last coupling 3 weeks ago (give or take, gotta check the lists...).
Scutigera coleoptera adult
Long-term captive (14 or 15 months, IIRC)
C.margaritatus (x2) 2nd instar
Dunno... just got them not so long ago...
And my darn wolf spider I caught on the conference field trip ate her sack and dropped a leg!
All 13 (yup, lucky 13) of these deaths came as a complete surprise. Husbandry has not changed since I got them, and others in adjacent enclosures are doing well. I figure that rules out some foreign chemical. They all ate crickets from the same supplier. Maybe it's just one of those things...
Post subject: Re: Strange bout of deaths...
Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 4:23 am
Joined: Mon May 08, 2006 6:26 am Posts: 1204 Location: Massachusetts
the only thing I can think of is the crickets, quite possibly the weater we've been having lately. I hope you figure it out Martin, let us know/if you do. Sorry for your losses