Gotta love those chromatus

barabootom

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They are such chow hounds. Here is a 3 in unsexed juvie that just doesn't want to stop eating. The next molt should produce a serious size increase. :)

 

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I agree 100%, mine is the about the same size as yours and is a fun spider to watch woof down them crickets.
 

Chilobrachys

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My little guy look like that about now. I can't wait until it's full grown.
 

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About a week ago I saw mine's abdomen start to darken and I figured it was in pre-molt...noooooooooo! He started wandering around, so I threw a full sized cricket in with him. He immediately grabbed it. I have been feeding him everyother day so he stops wandering. Mine is the same size and looks exactly the same. I like when you can still see the heart on young t's!

--Dan
 

brian abrams

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Chromatus

Just like their "twins". A Genic, they're just insatiable eating machines!
 

DawgPoundSound

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These guys are fast in growth huh? From about a 1/2" sling how soon before you start to see those beautiful colors you'd say?
 

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That's awesome! My G. Pulchripes LOVES to eat it seems. It's abdomen has gotten pretty dark (and huge), but it still isn't refusing food so I am not sure what to make of it. I know some T's don't show any signs before a molt, but I don't know the percentage. I was looking at the Chromatus today (again really) and I really would like one. What kind of temperament does yours have?
 

dannyboypede

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That's awesome! My G. Pulchripes LOVES to eat it seems. It's abdomen has gotten pretty dark (and huge), but it still isn't refusing food so I am not sure what to make of it. I know some T's don't show any signs before a molt, but I don't know the percentage. I was looking at the Chromatus today (again really) and I really would like one. What kind of temperament does yours have?
Mine is totally handle-able, but not when it is in pre-molt. I know mine is in pre-molt now because (1) it wouldn't take a cricket, and (2) because it barricaded its hide with substrate and webbing. You should get one, they are a very fun species. I got mine in October and it had a fairly small abdomen. It is a 2.5"-3" specimen, and is now in premolt. So compared to a rosea or Brachy, they are pretty fast growers. I also think it will gain a lot of size this next molt (just like the OP).

--Dan
 

gmrpnk21

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I posted this question in my own thread, but I was hoping you can answer this a little better. Has your chromatus struck at you, or does it regularly flick hair?
 

dannyboypede

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I posted this question in my own thread, but I was hoping you can answer this a little better. Has your chromatus struck at you, or does it regularly flick hair?
Mine has done neither, except the last time I tried to feed it, then it went into a threat display. IME it isn't a good idea just to stick your hand in and prod the spider:D. I use a paintbrush to test the temperament and if it doesn't kick hairs or run into its hide, I take it out. Once I do have it out, it usually just sits there. It isn't as fun as an Avic, with all of their antics{D! I don't generally like handling this species because of their general unpredictability and potential skittishness.

--Dan
 

barabootom

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Mine don't flick hairs but my adults throw up a threat display pretty quickly.
 
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