How can you tell?

Tarantula Lover

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i was wondering, i have a 3" Avicularia avicularia, and can i tell if it is a male or female? i know how to tell if its a male, but how do you tell if its a female? thanks,
James
 

Brandon

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James,
Typically with avic it is easy to tell without a molt if you know what to look for, females are more bolky and there Epigastric Furrow (I think that is the spelling) is usually very swollen or enlarged, so its not flat. But if you dont know how to look for those things then you just might need to get a molt.

Sincerely,

Brandon
 

Code Monkey

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James, at that size you should be able to sex it reliably with a moult. Look in the links section of this site to find some pages which display the sort of anatomical features you're looking for.

These two recent threads also have some pics you may find helpful:

http://www.arachnopets.com/arachnoboards/showthread.php?s=&threadid=988
http://www.arachnopets.com/arachnoboards/showthread.php?s=&threadid=462

BTW, you can't tell an immature male the way you're thinking, only a mature male has hooks so most people rely on using moults to figure out gender before breeding becomes an issue.
 
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