- Sep 16, 2013
Is this normal for P.metallica? Is this species sexually dimorphic (sp), and could it be a male? (I have no experience or a lot of knowledge about Poecilotheria, but this made me curious)="Blue Jaye, post: 2570691, memght!!! It's hard not to be a bit bummed. She was 5 1/2 inches in the first pic. She might be just at 6 inches now maybe a little over. But the color change. Almost like she took a bunt from the ugly stick.
I'm not sure if all of them do. Several of the ones I've seen that I knew to be older were a darker black with purple highlights. Like this photo from @Austin S.Doesn't this species turn black with age?
Poecilotheria metallica (color not altered)
I'd sell my grandma's liver for the 3rd one. She's absolutely stonking.Some believe it to be true that females darken with age. I am somewhat a believer in that, as most I have owned turn darker with age, except for one.
This certain female (the one quoted above), is older than all of the below mature females, by at least two years/3 molts.
Here are my other females, all freshly molted pictures. All females are 5.5-7" and are all over the age of 5.