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Palespider

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On a brighter side of losing my 5" Usambara, I picked up a 2.5" B. smithi last night at a local pet store. Only paid $50 for it! She was climbing the side of the deli container and I had a pretty good look at it's furrow. I'm about 99% sure it's a female :)
Boy, is she a beauty. People aren't kidding when they talk about how beautiful this species is. But, she is a hair kicking machine! She kicked hairs at me about 20 times yesterday just looking at her! Will she possibly kick (no pun intended) :D this bad habbit as she gets older? She's kicked more hair at me in the first day than my 2 T. blondi's and 2 L. parahybana's have in their entire life time!

Jim B.
 

Arachnopuppy

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You know if petshop people will let you pick up the tarantula to sex it? The shop in my area are run by @$$O's who never let you check closely at the animal they have. They're like, "we get it out and you have to buy it." I only get crix and mice from them now.
 

Palespider

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Yeah, it was the first time I was at that pet store. I picked up a light that was on a snakes cage to get better light to sex her :)

Sadly, stores like this, atleast around my town, take very poor care of tarantulas. There was a beautiful H. maculata sling that apparently starved to death. It's abdomen was non-existant,
you could barely see it, and had no source of water. I swear if I had the money I would have rescued every T there. (which was my excuse to get my new smithi :))

Jim B.
 

najig21

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I have a story like that B. smithi one. I was in Petco, looking at the tarantulas, and I noticed that they had an unlabeled cage sitting to the side of the G. roseas' cages, and it had a red-knee in it. I figured that they don't know anything about reptiles or arachnids (and most other animals) I'll tell them I want to buy that black and orange rose hair. They said okay, sold it to me for $17.99. Mine, which I'm pretty sure is a female, is also hair-kick happy. I gently prodded her into a container to switch her to another cage, and I saw all of this dust like stuff fly out the top of the container. I put the lid on, and when I opened it, the rim was COVERED in urticating hairs.
 

Palespider

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Sounds like you got a good deal there :D

As an update on my smithi it doesn't kick hairs at all anymore. It seems it became used to me. Which is a relief, I was itching like crazy!

Oh and to the "99% it's a female", I'm now 100% sure it's a male :rolleyes:

I do think I have this sexing thing down now. I correctly sexed 2 of my regalis slings and my
B. angustum. The arboreals are definitely a little trickier.

Jim B.
 
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