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Is this normal for a B. Vagans sling

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Spiderguy47, Feb 1, 2018.

  1. Spiderguy47

    Spiderguy47 Arachnoknight

    I've noticed that my b. vagans sling looks a lot like a b. albiceps. His carapace is never as dark as the rest of him. Its more noticeable when he molts but even after he fully hardens his carapace is much lighter than his jet black legs. Here is a picture of him 4 days after a molt (he is already eating at this point). Should he look like this?
  2. miss moxie

    miss moxie Arachnoprince

    This is what my B. albiceps looks like:


    Now answer me this: how long did it take your T to get to that size? Because B. albiceps are PAINFULLY slow to grow. This is what that T above looked like when I got it:


    That was mid-September, 2014.
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  3. Spiderguy47

    Spiderguy47 Arachnoknight

    I got it as a .5 inch sling and its gotten to this size in roughly 4 months. Each premolt lasted about 7 days. He is kept at 80°-84°.
  4. beaker41

    beaker41 Arachnoknight

    Sounds like a growth rate for a vagans. Probably mature in a year and a half to two.
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  5. Spiderguy47

    Spiderguy47 Arachnoknight

    Thanks for the help. I was really worried that I got the wrong spider. I personally prefer Vagans over Albiceps. I just don't like that "gold" carapace.
  6. miss moxie

    miss moxie Arachnoprince

    Yup, that's warmer than what I keep mine but still there's no way a B. albiceps would go from .5" to that size in four months.

    I also found this: http://arachnoboards.com/gallery/b-vagans-juvenile.29792/ which looks on point for your specimen.
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  7. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnoreaper Arachnosupporter

    I've had both my vagans and albiceps since July (both received at 1cm), the vagans is about 2" and has its adult colours, the albiceps is barely over 1" and still looks nondescript, keeping at 78F.

    Here's the vagans.

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  8. Paul1126

    Paul1126 Arachnodemon

    Reading these stories is confusing me to no end, I bought a vagans sling and boehmei sling in July of last year both at 1cm.

    Vagan moults:
    6/9/17, 31/10/17 and 22/1/18.
    Boehmei moults:
    7/10/17 and 16/12/17.

    I keep mine at similar temps and feed as much as they will take normally 2-3 times per week.
    None of them are even close to the 1" mark.
  9. MKNoiL

    MKNoiL Arachnopeon

    I've got my B. Albiceps(with some other slings) tiny sling around 0.5cm in 6th of December.

    5 other spieces moulted once and some of them are preparing for next moult.

    And guess what is doing my B. Albiceps... literally nothing. He ate 1 time few days after i got him. And hes doing nothing since than... he look a lot like "premoult" stadium from about month and thats all... Not eating, not moving... just sitting there... And yes... he is alive.
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