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My B. Auratum just molted upright

I was worried, but everything went well

0 Comments
2024/05/24
21:18 UTC

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are mealworms a sustainable diet?

i have 2 Ts, a 4 month old sling and an older one who i would guess is about a year or so. i used to use crickets for feeders but i can’t keep them alive for shit so i switched to mealworms because it’s just so much easier to keep them.

i’m just wondering do they need a more varied diet like people do? idk what kind of vitamins and nutrients they need but if they’re only eating mealworms are they getting what they need?

thanks in advance

2 Comments
2024/05/24
20:31 UTC

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Looking for an adult Choco Golden Knee.

Sorry a if this isn’t allowed.

Looking to buy one for trusted place. But they aren’t super easy to find.

0 Comments
2024/05/24
20:22 UTC

5

New T owner, behavior is concerning!

Got my curly hair a few days ago and she's been pretty inactive, was getting concerned and used some forceps to give her a nudge, very unresponsive moved like a single leg with some light pressure, is my girl dying??? Humidity and Temps are fine currently and I'm really freaking out abt it currently, any and all help would be much appreciated

3 Comments
2024/05/24
19:57 UTC

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Chilean Rose, Mexican pink toe, or caribena versicolor for beginner that wants to handle

I’ve been interested in getting a tarantula for the longest time. I don’t have much experience with arachnids aside from jumping spiders as a starting point but I think I’m ready for a tarantula. After much research, I can’t decide between the Chilean Rose, Mexican pink toe, and caribena versicolor. Although leaning towards the versicolor. I’d like a species that’s easy for a beginner and that has a calm demeanor to handling. I would love to handle it. Which of the 3 is best? Thanks!!

2 Comments
2024/05/24
19:49 UTC

3

Can any tarantulas be cozy in a 18x18x12?

I have a spare 18x18x12 and plan to use it for either a tarantula or just isopods!

Lmk if this is too small :))

2 Comments
2024/05/24
19:36 UTC

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I’m looking for inspiration for how I should set up my Greenbottle Blue tarantula’s habitat. I’m just upgrading her habitat. Can I see some pics of your set ups?

1 Comment
2024/05/24
19:24 UTC

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My babygirl, Anklebiter

3 Comments
2024/05/24
18:49 UTC

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molting

istg my slings love scaring the shit out of me. first my n. tripepii molted upright, now my b hamorii sling is doing the same.. IT SCARES THE SHIT OUT OF ME EVERY F*KING TIME.

(THEY DID NOT EVEN MAKE THE MOLTING MAT)

update: she made it out but she lost one leg :/ i had to help cause she was stuck but better lose a leg than the whole tarantula, so i'll be helicopter parenting her-

0 Comments
2024/05/24
18:08 UTC

2

Premolt rump?

Still learning the signs of premolt got it today havent tried to feed.. looks to what i have read to be premolt?

1 Comment
2024/05/24
17:57 UTC

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I thought she was just fat!

Stayed at the in laws for one night came back and she'd molted!!

11 Comments
2024/05/24
17:42 UTC

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Scorch, my lava tarantula sling, after a week of molting.

4 Comments
2024/05/24
17:04 UTC

6

Seeing for a curly hair?

This is my pretty lady Fitz and I'm not sure if she's actually a she haha, any help figuring that out would be appreciated

1 Comment
2024/05/24
16:52 UTC

10

Any advice?

First time owner, any advice would be appreciated🙂

8 Comments
2024/05/24
16:34 UTC

2

Any cheap T shops in Eu?

^

1 Comment
2024/05/24
16:04 UTC

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Question on feeding

I am not an owner (yet) but I've been doing research. My boyfriend is nervous about owning one because he's worried I will be too afraid to feed it and it will become his, and he doesn't want one. I am not afraid of the tarantulas themselves, and know I can get over the gross feeling I have about bugs that it would need to eat, the thing I'm nervous about, however, is keeping live food. I know that tarantulas don't need to eat often, so how do you keep live bugs to feed them? I would be afraid of the food getting out in the house moreso than the tarantula. Where and how do you keep their food?

5 Comments
2024/05/24
15:31 UTC

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Sluggish and Slow

My sling is currently moving very slowly/not moving a lot. I can't tell if it's about to molt or if I need to do something and quick. I'm worried. I already lost my other T last week. I don't want to lose this baby to.

He's normally very active and fast moving. He's A Venezuelan green bottle blue (Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens). He has been living with me for about 2 months now, And hasn't molted yet from what I can tell. I think he's about 2-3 months old. (I didn't get that information from the seller).

This is my first T (I know I shouldn't have gotten a sling. I thought I was buying an adult when it turned out to be a sling once it arrived) and I'm super nervous.

I can provide pictures if needed.

9 Comments
2024/05/24
14:04 UTC

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Every congratulate Phoenix on her first molt in my care!

Had her for just over a year, and this is her first molt since then. She's a trooper. Only needed to assist getting the molt off her abdomen. Have a feeling she's gonna murder the next cricket good 😂

0 Comments
2024/05/24
13:58 UTC

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Trinidad Olive Finally Out

Finally out after two months in her burrow. Had me sweating for awhile there lol

0 Comments
2024/05/24
13:42 UTC

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My adult male Xenesthis intermedia

I’m amazed by how great his colors look. I’m sad he’ll only live a short while longer, but I plan to mount and display him once he passes.

1 Comment
2024/05/24
13:14 UTC

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