My possibly overweight tarantula

Is my tarantula:


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dmb1310

Arachnopeon
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So.. This is my Grammostola Rosea. I'm concerned about his uhh weight. I have had him (assuming its male) since January, never molted. He doesn't eat anything more than what I have read is healthy. I am new here, so please be nice.

I'm just curious if he is unhealthly overweight or not. I have some people telling me 'Yes extremely unhealthly/overweight', I have others saying 'Its fine, probably just getting ready for a molt'. Any help would be appreciated!

Thanks.
 

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BobBarley

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It's in early premolt. (which for this species, means that it'll molt somewhere between a few months to a year from now lol) It's healthy. This species doesn't eat much. One cricket every two weeks is more than enough.
 

dmb1310

Arachnopeon
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Thanks for the help! I have seen people get ripped apart here previously for posting pics of overweight T's, so I was a lil nervous posting.. I appreciate the help regardless!
 

Olan

Arachnodemon
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I bet it molts within 1 month. Looks fairly close to me.
 

14pokies

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Looks like he is going to molt soon and when he does your going to be worried he is too thin.. Such is the life of T keepers :banghead:
 

Haemus

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doesn't look obese but he's definitely got a beer gut. I like them on the fatter side when in premolt though...too bad humans can't just molt and come out shredded lol

My money's on two months :)
 

KezyGLA

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Wow! Biggest behind I have ever seen on a G. rosea/porteri past the juvenile stage.

Nothing wrong at the moment as suspect it to pop in a month or so but I would stop feed until after moult.
 

BobBarley

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Wow! Biggest behind I have ever seen on a G. rosea/porteri past the juvenile stage.

Nothing wrong at the moment as suspect it to pop in a month or so but I would stop feed until after moult.
My gravid female has basically the same abdomen size (though it could be a bit larger.)
 

cold blood

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"Overweight" ts are not at any health risks...just more at risk of rupture from a fall.

Yours just looks like a normal porteri nearing molt.
 

Misty Day

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"Overweight" ts are not at any health risks...just more at risk of rupture from a fall.
Agree 100%. As long at the enclosure isn't tall, (Which for a terrestrial it shouldn't be), and theres no sharp things in the enclosure,then weight isn't an issue.

I'd never let an arboreal get huge though.
 
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