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B. Boehmei?

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2024/06/23
19:16 UTC

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Arizona Blonde Help

I just got this girl about a week ago & just wanted to make sure I'm doing things right. If there's anything you see I should do/don't do please let me know, I'm willing to change/learn!

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2024/06/23
19:12 UTC

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Hamorii just sitting there

Hey y'all, I just brought home a hamorri sling (size of my thumbnail) and rehoused it. It is not burrowing or going under the learning to hide. Is it just because of the stress or is something wrong? Pic for tax!

1 Comment
2024/06/23
18:54 UTC

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Finally got to hold her or I think she’s a girl idk

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2024/06/23
18:36 UTC

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How long to fast?

My girl has gotten a bit too chunky for my liking, how long should I fast her? I would feed her once a week and let her free feed some crickets I put in her enclosure. But her abdomen looks a bit big, what do you think? This last time I let her go two weeks with no food and fed her yesterday, I just picked her up and thought she looked took thicc, or is this size okay? Should I start feeding her once a month? She's about five years old, Honduran curly hair

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2024/06/23
17:12 UTC

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Is my tarantula dead?

Hey everyone, my tarantula hasnt moved for a few days, so i got a little concerened and very carefully scooped him up. There was no reaction though. His legs were slightly curled inwards, but not in a death curl (atleast from my judgement). When I picked him up I also moved his legs in the process and they stayed in the same position that I left them in after setting him down again. I just got him around the beginning of February and he was already around 3 years old, his last mold was on April 25th, so almost exactly 2 months ago. I always made sure that he had enough water and bugs to eat.

3 Comments
2024/06/23
16:56 UTC

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Terrarium recs

Friday June 14th I lost my home in a house fire. Miraculously my four tarantulas survived but their bioactive enclosures need replaced.

Please show me your setups and where you like to buy your tanks! I needed to upgrade my tanks anyways to bigger sizes. I had one 10g, two 5g, and one small acrylic tank. I have a G. pulchra, T. albo, H. formosus, and B. hamorii. I'd like tanks appropriate for full size adults tho a few of these are still sub adults.

I'm asking because I wasn't happy with the tanks I had so I don't want to buy the exact ones again. The 10g tank had a plexiglass conversion kit to make a door on top but it bowed pretty badly. How do you all make 10g aquariums work? T.T any advice appreciated. These will be fully bioactive.

Picture is of my 10g setup. I really hated the plexiglass lid.

1 Comment
2024/06/23
16:36 UTC

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Dealing with mold

My enclosure with my A. genic grew mold. I think it was due to a couple of reasons.

  1. I added some "forest soil" I got from a pet store to my usual cocopeat mix. My other enclosure with pure cocopeat did not have mold.
  2. We had a very very hot couple of months so I'd taken to generously overflowing the corner with the water dish, then the weather turned rainy unexpectedly before it got to dry out.

What I did:

  1. Removed the surface level mold.
  2. Wiped away the condensation from the sides of the enclosure.
  3. I did not remove the water dish but I introduced several spoonfuls of springtail rich cocopeat.

However as you can see there are still spores beneath the surface (those little white specks). And the soil is still pretty damp especially in that corner. Have I done enough and should I sit still for now? Or should I be rehousing my T and starting anew? Advice welcome.

2 Comments
2024/06/23
16:23 UTC

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Is it possible to sex this little one at all yet?

4 Comments
2024/06/23
16:14 UTC

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showing my OBT the friendship bracelet i made for him

cheeto could not care less but i love him

12 Comments
2024/06/23
15:46 UTC

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Flame knee slings butt started going black

when we got him he was freshly molted and now hes black all of a sudden. he hasnt eaten in like 3 weeks because he just refuses, we tried so many things. is he okay? is it just premolt? BTW hes on my finger because he climbed up while i was fixing up his tank. first time ever!

1 Comment
2024/06/23
15:36 UTC

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My GBB got thos brown stain on her leg is this wound?

1 Comment
2024/06/23
14:46 UTC

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Found this guy after a rainstorm

This bugger was lurking around on a grass patch when I found em. Looked awfully tired, likely due to the storm kicking em out of their den. One feature I noticed about the guy was that they had this small bulb that housed their eyes. I'm not familiar with tarantulas in the slightest (even though they've been appearing constantly around my home) but I found it odd.

Just to clarify, I''m pretty new to this subreddit so I'll leave it at that.

4 Comments
2024/06/23
14:12 UTC

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Curly hair

Hadn't been eating the abdomen is small. I put in crickets, roaches, meal worms and super worms but doenst accept any of it. They are in a dish so they don't get lost in the tank. I put in some feeder gel but also isn't taking it. What to do?

4 Comments
2024/06/23
14:03 UTC

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Gender neutral name for a trinidad dwarf in a coffin enclosure

I plan on getting a female trinidad dwarf sometime in the not-so-immediate future to put in my Tarantula Cribs coffin enclosure. However, I wanna shy away from more feminine-sounding names, as i already have a bunch of female jumping spiders with very feminine names lol. In particular, too, I want this name to fit in with the theme of the coffin enclosure she will be in, so any suggestions y’all might have would be appreciated 🙏

2 Comments
2024/06/23
13:43 UTC

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should i get a salmon pink bird eating tarantula as my first

i have been looking at this at a local shop should i purchase

10 Comments
2024/06/23
12:43 UTC

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This shy guy (Pamphobeteus sp. Mascara) finally let me snap a photo during an enclosure upgrade!

0 Comments
2024/06/23
11:46 UTC

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Is she going to molt or is it something else?

Is ahe ready to molt?She's been like this since Friday

3 Comments
2024/06/23
11:31 UTC

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1st time sexing

https://preview.redd.it/hsnkpi4t2b8d1.jpg?width=960&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=00b29755ab5e06feccb5a1db7dfdba3d7fee4f90

https://preview.redd.it/ym6rch4t2b8d1.jpg?width=855&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=0bab769c411fc8026277f332b8ca5e3606bf9480

as title said. this is my first attempt doing sexing. got several questions though. for reference, this one should be a G. pulchripes. I've had it ever since around idk, either i1 or i2. it was the tiniest baby i've ever had compared to my other Ts. regardsless the gender, i already love the kid. frantic feeding response, but always gentle at all times.

[1] i suspect this one to be female. judging from the leg span (10-12cm) with no enlargement in pedipalp, it also confirms my guess. what do you think the gender is? and why?

[2] am i photographing at the right spot?

[3] as i recall, many tutorials suggested to use liquid soap as well to help the old exoskeleton loosen up. i only use water droplest to fill in the gaps and then it loosens & protrude. what's the point of using a liquid soap?

3 Comments
2024/06/23
11:26 UTC

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Disappearing T

So a few weeks ago I got my first Trinidad Olive tarantula I kept in in one of those little plastic totes that you would see for fish or really small animals. Well the T’s body was bigger than any vent hole and it was closed securely last night. Last time I saw it was last night under some was in its web. This morning it was gone. Checked the most substrate every thing and I still can’t find it all I have was it’s old molt from a week ago in a different place. Any tips or suggestions would be really helpful I loved that little guy.

5 Comments
2024/06/23
10:56 UTC

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