Change in Behavior of G. pulchripes...

Shanigirl

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Hello! My first T, "Tilly" is I presume a 3-4 year old female. Always docile. I am not a beliver in picking them up but has never given me any trouble when I do maintenance in her tank & or when being fed. The last two times I had to go into her tank (cleaning & giving water) she flicked hairs and now threw a threat pose!! I was shocked at the threat pose because it was SO much not in her character. But, what could be causing this behavior change? I have not changed anything. She has never molted for me, but also not showing any signs of pre-molt. Is there such a thing as pre-pre-molt?! She is the T that did not eat for almost 8 months when I first got her and is my most picky and slow hunter/eater. Just want some insight. I am going to leave her be and not try to disturb her. Thanks! :?
 

Chris_Skeleton

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You may have just disturbed her and she was defending her territory. All Ts are different and their attitudes can change.

And how do you know it is 3-4 years old?
 

Shanigirl

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Hi Chris,

Thanks for responding. I know what you mean about questioning how old "she" is. That is what I was told by the person I bought her from. That's why I wrote presume I don't even know if "she" is really a she. Tilly is about 4 1/2-5" big. Just was wondering if this change meant something a more experienced keeper might have seen in their G. pulchripes. :) I have now had her for almost 1 1/2 years.
 

Chris_Skeleton

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I have 2 G. pulchripes. The first one I will have had a year in February. Completely docile and mellow most of the time, but on the rare occasion it will flick hairs, never a threat pose though. The second, I will have had a year in April. This one has never flicked hairs and never thrown a threat posture. I believe the first one is merely defending her territory because I have a peek-a-view burrow that it resides in. You may have just startled it. Also, is it showing signs of premolt?
 

Drakk

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I love the chacos i have 2 females and a MM atm had others before as well.
One of the females is kind of mean actually defensive i suppose of territory.
the other gets moody sometimes...i guess ive noticed the moody behavior with other Grammastolas too.
But usually there just awesome, i don't handle them often unless i need too but ive had no problems even with the more defensive one.
Anyway...maybe just an off day or got surprised?
 

Shanigirl

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Thanks for everyone who wrote in. I think I figured out what happened. I fed Tilly and a few other of my bigger T's about 2 weeks ago some Dubia roches. I assumed she ate it because I could not find it in her tank. Guess what was in her water bowl this morning?! The dubia! Maybe she is in pre-molt and that unwanted guest spooked her. Then my coming into her space bothered her even more. I noticed today she is beginning to web one side of her hide. I am going to crush the heads of the dubias from now on. This is my favorite T for many reasons and just want her & the others to be happy (whatever that translates to them). :)
 
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