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Need Info About Aphonopelma Gabeli

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by Matt98, Dec 5, 2018.

  1. Matt98

    Matt98 Arachnopeon

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    I am about to go to a reptile expo because one of the vendors is selling Ts. He emailed me his list of what he's selling and Aphonopelma Gabeli was one of them. First time ever seeing this name. Anyone have one or know anything about them? Thinking about buying it.
     
  2. natebugman

    natebugman Arachnoknight

    I had a wild caught one for a few years. They are kept similarly to any of the American Aphonopelma species. Dry substrate, water dish, and a hide. The easiest way to distinguish them from the others is the very large chelicerae of A. gabeli. For more info and good photos of gabeli and related species check out this paper: https://zookeys.pensoft.net/article/6264/ . I believe they used to be known as Aphonopelma sp. "Carlsbad Green". As for temperament, mine was probably the most defensive tarantula that I have had (including Old Worlds). That being said, I talked to other owners who said that theirs were very docile. You never know what your going to get personality wise.
     
  3. Matt98

    Matt98 Arachnopeon

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    Would a spider like this be worth $25 to you? Or should I just get a different spider. I've done a lot of research and I Think I'm about to get my first tarantula. Just needed info on this last species.
     
  4. natebugman

    natebugman Arachnoknight

    I would definitely take it for $25. Is it a sling, juvenile, or adult?
     
  5. z32upgrader

    z32upgrader Arachnoknight

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    They're a great species. I picked up a juvenile about three years ago for twenty bucks. Turned out to be female. She's lovely, but on the skittish side. Eats everything I offer and looks fantastic! Get one! You won't regret it.
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  6. Matt98

    Matt98 Arachnopeon

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    Just a sling. 3/4"
     
  7. natebugman

    natebugman Arachnoknight

    You'll have it for a long time. Slow grower.
     
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  8. Matt98

    Matt98 Arachnopeon

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    I mean, I could get an A. Chalcodes for $15 at this expo too. Should I just get the Chalcodes or would I be missing out on something?
     
  9. RonC

    RonC Arachnopeon

    Both require the same husbandry. Just which one appeals to you most. I have an A.moderatum coming next week.