HELP, OBT turning black

SergioC130

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Got this guy from a friend and looked like any other obt. I rehoused him and a while after he started to turn black. Mostly his hind legs but has spread. The picture is how hes been for a while, he eats fine and ive seen him drink water. Another strange behavior ive noticed is he hasent seem to made a burrow, just a really really shallow one. Im certain there isn't enough substrate. I plan on rehousing him in a much deeper critter keeper now that I have one, i can definitely add 5 inches of substrate. What do you guys think
 

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He's a mature male. What your seeing is the actual exo skeleton because the hairs are falling off..

Male tarantulas generally don't live long after maturing. Unfortunately he won't be around for very long. A few months at best.
 
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spotropaicsav

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He's a mature male. What your seeing is the actual exo skeleton because the hairs are falling off..

Male tarantulas generally don't live long after maturing. Unfortunately he won't be around for very long. A few months at best.
Didn't know the hairs fall off with MM
 

SergioC130

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He's a mature male. What your seeing is the actual exo skeleton because the hairs are falling off..

Male tarantulas generally don't live long after maturing. Unfortunately he won't be around for very long. A few months at best.
It never crossed my mind that he was old. Thought it was something I did. thank you
 

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I have a friend who owns an A. chalcodes MM that was collected from the wild. He was already mature two years ago when she got him. He's such a crusty old man! He hardly has any hairs left, and he stumbles around aimlessly and wobbly (like an old guy). We actually can't believe he's still alive! But we all love him.
 

Venom1080

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some MMs live longer than others. ive heard OBT is one of the shortest.
 

Andrea82

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True. I have a MM M. robustum that matured about 9 months ago in 2016...and he is still alive, still makes sperm webs, and even still eats.
Got a P.cambridgei who will be 2+ years mature this june...he looks like a head with legs...but he just ate a mealie half an hour ago, even though catching it becomes a bit difficult, his aim is off, lol.
Not making any spermwebs anymore though since two months, I fear he'll kick the bucket soon. But hey, as long as he can eat, he's welcome to it! :)
 

BishopiMaster

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Got a P.cambridgei who will be 2+ years mature this june...he looks like a head with legs...but he just ate a mealie half an hour ago, even though catching it becomes a bit difficult, his aim is off, lol.
Not making any spermwebs anymore though since two months, I fear he'll kick the bucket soon. But hey, as long as he can eat, he's welcome to it! :)
damn, the males really get screwed in the animal kingdom
 

Andrea82

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damn, the males really get screwed in the animal kingdom
I wish he was....it's a bit sad to have him wither away without producing some offspring :(
He's still feisty though, even though it is more like an old man scaring awake from his nap than a 'don't mess with me cause I'll kick your hiny'-sort of feisty :D
 

Blue25

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Condolences my friend... Hopefully you will get another much younger T to fill the place. They are truly amazing animals.
 

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Condolences my friend... Hopefully you will get another much younger T to fill the place. They are truly amazing animals.
Thanks...at least he had a decent run. If he would've made it past Labor Day weekend, he would've made it a year past his maturing molt.
I may indeed get a new T, its been a little while since I've acquired any new ones.
 

spotropaicsav

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Thanks...at least he had a decent run. If he would've made it past Labor Day weekend, he would've made it a year past his maturing molt.
I may indeed get a new T, its been a little while since I've acquired any new ones.
Condolences, I remember you posting about your guy
 
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