Is my avic mature?

demasoni521

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Hi Everyone,

I've only been keeping tarantulas for about a year, so please excuse my inexperience. I am sure this avic is a IM because of its bulbous pedipalps and tibial hooks. However, is it mature yet? I'm not sure if its making sperm webs because I don't really know how to tell them. It's around 3.75 - 4 inches legspan at its longest point. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Arachnoknight
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Your specimen is indeed a mature male. Immature males do not possess tibial apophysis or palpal bulbs.

You may not see sperm webs/remains because they tend to be torn down soon after they fulfill their purpose. The remains are often eclipsed by the rest of the webbing.
 

demasoni521

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Wow, I did not know he would mature out that fast. He just molted about 2 weeks ago, and did not accept food. Is this normal?
 

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Searching should help answer these questions.

What do you mean by 'mature out that fast'?

It's a general rule to wait 2 weeks before offering a freshly molted tarantula prey. This gives them time to harden up first.
 

demasoni521

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I meant that I thought that a fully mature male A. Avic would be a little larger than he is right now. Thanks, I'll see if the searches bring anything up.
 

xhexdx

ArachnoGod
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Ah, I see.

Sometimes you get runt males. He might be a bit on the small side, but A. avicularia don't typically get larger than around 4" anyway.
 

demasoni521

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Thanks so much for your input Xhedx. From the picture of it compared to my hand, it's obviously not too big. I'll probably put up a FL ad soon to see if my little guy can get the job done.
 
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