For those that don’t know we have a few exotic pets in our family. Great African land snails (named Bryan, Swirly, Slug-a-lug and Gary) and a female Chilean Rose Hair tarantula (named Hermy).
Hermy has been a part of the family since 2008 and sadly, died this week. 🙁
Now I realise a lot of people hate spiders, but Hermy was my pet. I was attached to her like any person is to their pet; like a cat owner to their cat or a dog owner to their dog. I enjoyed watching Hermy crawl up the sides of her enclosure and back down, and to watch her at work spinning webs.
Tarantulas, like other animals with an exoskeleton, shed their skin (known as a molt). During this time they are very vulnerable and exposed; deaths from a bad molt are common and that’s what happened to Hermy.
Hermy got her legs stuck and was unable to free herself from the old skin. A few days later she began to move around the enclosure with part of her molt still attached to her legs. She became very lethargic and stopped eating. We placed a wet tissue near her so she had access to some water / moisture, to keep her hydrated.
Although we tried to carefully remove the remainder of the molt from Hermy, using suggestions from the Tarantula Boards forum, she died a few days later. 🙁 I’m very upset.
Dad suggested we bury her in the front garden and I picked up a spider garden ornament to use as a marker. She’s buried near the pine tree.
🕸🕷 R.I.P. Hermy 🕷🕸
You’ll be missed.