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Aphonopelma Chalcodes female fasting for 5~ months, no signs of premolt.

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Major017, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. Major017

    Major017 Arachnopeon Active Member

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    (Besides not eating of course).

    I'm not particularly worried about it, as their species is known for having some lengthy fasting periods, but I was just slightly curious if anyone has had any similar experiences with this T, or any Ts really.

    After the first month of non-eating, I suspected premolt, but now I'm doubting that.
    • No bald/shiny/dark abdomen
    • No molting mat
    • Hasn't blocked herself off
    Etc.

    Does anyone have any similar stories with Ts that stopped eating for ungodly amounts of time? Thanks for sharing!

    On an unrelated note, this is my first post here. Yay me.
     
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  2. StampFan

    StampFan Arachnoknight Active Member

    http://www.giantspiders.com/species/aphonopelma-spp/
     
  3. Major017

    Major017 Arachnopeon Active Member

    "From the deserts of Arizona and Mexico, A. chalcodes is covered with light brown and reddish hairs that give its common name of desert blonde. Rarely burrowing in captivity and long lived, it can fast for long periods in between moults (some account over 3 years!)."

    Holy! Thanks for the link. Guess I have some waiting to do.
     
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  4. Sarkhan42

    Sarkhan42 Arachnobaron Active Member

    A friend of mine has a .25-.5 A. chalcodes sling that hasn't eaten or molted in 10 months. I just visited recently to take a look at his collection, and the little thing is still happy as a clam, and rotund as can be. Little survivalists they are, I'd be interested to find out their maximum lifespan.
     
  5. Draketeeth

    Draketeeth Arachnoknight

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    Got an A. hentzi who fasted 8 months, came up for a tiny meal, and went back under. It's been 4 months and counting now . . . it's about .25 in size and has molted once I know of with no noticeable change in size.
     
  6. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnoreaper Arachnosupporter

    Surprise surprise... My A. chalcodes is broken too :hilarious:

     
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