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Brachypelma smithi sling post-molt

Brachypelma are slower growing but I feel mine has made good progress in less than 3 months. :) I'm happy to see the gradual emergence of adult colors and proportions always look so good post-molt! The one leg looks a bit strange yet as this is only one molt since they regrew it.

Brachypelma smithi sling post-molt
ErinM31, May 30, 2016
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    • Vanessa
      The new leg is looking good! It will be back to normal in no time.
      Do you know what happened to it?
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    • ErinM31
      @VanessaS No, I don't. The sling may have had only seven legs when I received them or, being the first tarantula I've ever had, it is possible I did something. The earliest photos I took were... wow, a whole month after I purchased them and they were already missing the leg at that point and I didn't notice even then. :( They had lost a bit of weight at that point as I mistook their disinterest in items like bean beetles as a sign they must be in premolt. :bag: At least perhaps my other early mistake may have even helped at that time as I was overly concerned about moisture level based on some online caresheet; perhaps my little sling could drink from the damp moss when it wasn't receiving palatable food items. In any case, I am grateful that they survived my many well-intentioned early mistakes and however they lost the leg. Sorry for the overly long answer! :shame:
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    • Vanessa
      I didn't think it was anything that you did wrong, I just have an obsession with their ability for limb regeneration.
      I think that moss as a substitute for a water dish, when the vials are too small, is a good alternative.
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    • ErinM31
      @VanessaS I know, but I feel bad and a bit silly for not noticing when I received them or when it happened. o_O I think I was caught up in the newness of having my first T, watching their abdomen and trying to figure out if they were in premolt, etc., etc., that I took how many legs they had for granted. :wacky:

      The capacity for regeneration in tarantulas is indeed amazing! :)
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