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PostSubject: Possible molt help   5/22/2013, 11:19 pm

Okay so I think my haddy may be molting. She has dug down to the rock on the side I have the false bottom (no water in there yet) on and is kicking up rock to the surface. Im noticing more and more rocks on the surface so she is digging deeper. I also noticed a possible split right under her mouth. I cant be sure thats what it is. Does anyone know what precautions I can take or what I should be looking for? Any help or advise would be appreciated.
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PostSubject: Re: Possible molt help   5/22/2013, 11:59 pm

They dig...it's their job! Could you post a few pics of the burrow. Haddies rarely molt successfully in captivity. They tend to be very lethargic when molting. If your's is actively digging I doubt it's super close to a molt. Pics will help if you can post them.
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PostSubject: Re: Possible molt help   5/23/2013, 1:26 am

Bayss wrote:
They dig...it's their job! Could you post a few pics of the burrow. Haddies rarely molt successfully in captivity. They tend to be very lethargic when molting. If your's is actively digging I doubt it's super close to a molt. Pics will help if you can post them.
Now what do you mean they rarely molt succesfully?im thinking of getting a young one now im nervous lol
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PostSubject: Re: Possible molt help   5/23/2013, 1:52 am

It's hard to see how plump it is, but don't worry about the digging. There doesn't look to be any problem with the exoskeleton around the mouth. They have split mouth parts.

The problem with Haddies molting in captivity is they are very prone to mycosis (a fungal infection) if there is too much humidity. It is difficult to replicate the proper humidity gradient they need to molt. False bottom tanks can work if the substrate is deep enough. Search for Shebeen's tutorial on false bottom enclosures. If possible, it's best to get an adult Hadrurus so you don't have to worry about molts.
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PostSubject: Re: Possible molt help   5/23/2013, 2:00 am

She is definatly not a baby. I hope she is done with molting and wont have to go through the risky process.
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