Could anyone tell me about Aphonopelma serratum and vorhiesi

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I want to know temperament and fully grown size of Aphonopelma serratum and A. vorhiesi, does anyone has some experience with them?
I enjoy keeping my Aphonopelma bicoloratum, it looks like a war tank and very calm. So I want to get another one of this species because I heard that they have similar temperaments.
 

johnny quango

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I want to know temperament and fully grown size of Aphonopelma serratum and A. vorhiesi, does anyone has some experience with them?
I enjoy keeping my Aphonopelma bicoloratum, it looks like a war tank and very calm. So I want to get another one of this species because I heard that they have similar temperaments.
Hey maybe i can help with the A serratum as i currently have a mature male that i raised from a 1/2" sling in my collection.

As you know each tarantula is an individual and this is based around my personal experience my A serratum was the sweetest most docile tarantula untill it's penultimate moult when it became a true devil in every sense.
They are fantastic eaters, they only refuse food when in pre moult. A serratum seem to grow very fast for this genus as my male matured in just over 2 and a half years he maxed out at out at around 4" which from information i gathered is about average for a male, females on the other hand are said to hit around 5.5" with the odd one or two hitting 6" max. Btw if you haven't seen a serratum in the flesh be prepared to be stunned because they are simply beautiful this is my male and the picture really doesn't do it justice
 

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If the question is "Should I get more Aphonopelmas?" the answer is always going to be yes.

@johnny quango For real?! I've had mine for 2 years and they're still 1", what temp you keep yours at? Dang, you've got me real impatient to see their adult colors now.

Mine seem to be a bit skittish. A few weeks ago when I picked up one of the slings' enclosures to feed them, it went berserk and started flicking hairs like crazy before I'd even opened the lid.
 

johnny quango

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@Cavedweller i only came back into the hobby January 2013 and i started with 3 tarantulas a G pulchra,Gbb and a B emilia the serratum was my 5th purchase the exact date of purchase 11th April 2014 it was only a 1.5cm sling. When it arrived i fed it extra as it seemed really tiny and fragile but after 2-3 moults it went on the same feeding schedule as my others thats twice weekly unless post moult, The temps are always mid to late 70s with the extra boost from a space heater if needed. Believe it or not but I've had a Brachypelma verdezi do the same sort of thing that was bought as a 1" sling and is now fully matured
 

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I have an A vorhiesi. It's about 1.5" in size right now, so I can't comment on the adult behavior.

In the interest of crowd-sourcing a care sheet, I can tell you that after a week I am wondering whether to classify this desert dwelling species as a fossorial. I have it housed on a mix of sand, coco fiber, and clay (3:1:1) and it has already dug down from its hide and started a tunnel complex.

I am keeping it on dry substrate at the same temp as my other Ts (70 to 80 degrees). It is being fed twice a week.
 

Corine

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I realize it's an older topic, but since I just picked up an A. vorhiesi female I'm interested in knowing more about this species. I'm not finding a lot online at all, so I'm assuming it's not a popular pet species?
 

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