what has been people's experiences with the growth of c. fasciatum, n. chromatus, a. bicoloratum? i have a b. smithi and know that it is going to take awhile for it to reach adulthood because my b. emilia is slow as all get out as well.
i can understand if a person has never owned one, but i find it hard to believe that 70+ people do not own at least one of the species that i mentioned. oh well, guess i'll find out on my own how fast these things grow. thanks for the post at least.
I know how you feel. I have just recently gotten involved with tarantulas. Got my first one Jan. 19. I just bought my fifth one yesterday. I do have a C. fasciatum or D. fasciatum now I guess. But it's only about 1/2" and is in pre-molt right now. Therefore I couldn't be much help fto you. I think the problem is a lot of people don't keep records of their T's growth. You can check out this website that I like to visit. He has useful information on species care, and lists the molt date along with the old and new size of the T. http://www.bighairyspiders.com/
The species are listed down the side of the page. I hope this helps you out a little.
yeah, the website helped a bit. it gave me an idea as to how quick these jokers will grow and that's all i needed. i've done searches on here and have not been able to find out anything about the growth rate of the species i was uncertain of. thanks for the link.
all three of them grow at about medium speed, the a. bicoloratum slower than the other two. quicker than a smithi, slower than a parahybana.
however, growth speed also depends on temperature, feeding, sex of the t and maybe factors we don't know anything about. i have 2 a. versicolor slings for example. the parameters are the same for both of them, they have the same sex and still don't grow at the same rate...
I own an A. bicoloratum. Got it for Christmas. It was around 1/4 inch in size. It molted last month and is still close to 1/4 inch in size! It is bigger just not a lot bigger. I have several other slings and this one grows the slowest. Don't get in any big hurry. The pay off is that they typically live a long time.
I am agreeing with Alice. My T's molt like crazy in the spring and summer but almost none in the winter months. The lowest temp in the winter in my house is about 68. In the summer, up to 10 degrees higher.
I got a .5 inch C. fasciatum last July. It is a 4 inch beauty now.
I got my N. chromatus as a freebie last Aug. at less than .5", it is a bit slower than fasciatum. It just molted to 3" last week.
I guess our tropical climate promotes steady growth for these critters. I do not powerfeed them. Usually, I feed them every 3 days a single cricket, whose size is equal to the length of the T's abdomen.
I hope this gives you an idea on their growth rate.