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Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by Adubblj, Nov 8, 2019.

  1. Adubblj

    Adubblj Arachnopeon

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    Hello, I have a Brachypelma Auratum male, he has had a rather large bald spot on his abdomen for weeks now. He has molted twice since I got him, but those bald spots were different. They were black with not a lot of hair. Now it is tan, like skin color and there isn't any micro hairs or long hair. He still takes one meal a week without hesitation. He is my first T that I ever bought. 5 months ago. He is the one that got me into the hobby and now I have 11 Ts total! But judging by this picture, do you think he is getting to the point where he might pass away soon?
     

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  2. Demonclaws

    Demonclaws Arachnosquire Active Member

    Check for tibial hooks or emboli to confirm its mature. Matures males can live about 1 year.

    Skin colored bald spots just mean it kicked hairs, and has nothing to do with spiders health or premolt.
     
  3. Adubblj

    Adubblj Arachnopeon

    I'm not seeing any tibial hooks
     
  4. Brachyfan

    Brachyfan Arachnoknight Active Member

    If the bald spot is black then the spider is in premolt. I think it has just kicked some hairs. My hamorii went on a massive kicking spree and had a pink bald spot. 3 days later the bald spot was black and it molted a week later. No tibial hooks means that he isn't mature. How large is his diagonal leg span?
     
  5. Adubblj

    Adubblj Arachnopeon

    I would say 2 to 3 inches. I'm judging based off of my view over the enclosure. I dont like to stress my Ts out or take them out.
     
  6. Brachyfan

    Brachyfan Arachnoknight Active Member

    B auratum should get 5-6" leg span so I would guess that he will be around for some time:D
     
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  7. Thekla

    Thekla Arachnoprince Arachnosupporter

    Could you post a clear picture of his pedipalps? Just to make sure he's not a mature male. :)
    And while you're at it, could you also provide a picture of his whole enclosure? To me, it looks as if there might be too much vertical space.
     
  8. Arachnophoric

    Arachnophoric Arachnoangel Arachnosupporter

    Bald spots are no indication of age/health, just means your boy's been flicking hairs as tarantulas do. ;)

    They can live a fair bit longer than that, depending on the species and how well they're maintained.
     
  9. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnoreaper Arachnosupporter

    Males of slow growing species can go a lot longer than that, heard of Brachy/Grammo males living for 4+ years after hooking out.
     
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  10. Adubblj

    Adubblj Arachnopeon

     

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  11. Colorado Ts

    Colorado Ts Arachnosquire Active Member

    I had an Aphonopelma seemannii in my classroom, years ago...each spring when I took her home for summer, her little bottom would so bald. I think the students would bother her just to see her kick hairs...
     
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  12. Adubblj

    Adubblj Arachnopeon

    My Brachypelma auratum seems to kick hairs all the time. Even when he just molted. I'm not sure why. I dont handle any of my Ts and I dont do anything to scare them.
     
  13. Colorado Ts

    Colorado Ts Arachnosquire Active Member

    Yeah...Terri was like that...I'd walk by and she'd kick hairs, the wind would blow, and she'd kick hairs.

    I got her from a pet shop back in the mid ‘90s, I’m pretty sure that she was wild caught...that might be why she was so “quick to kick”.

    I still miss her.
     
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  14. Adubblj

    Adubblj Arachnopeon

    Yeah mine is named Monty, and he thinks everything is food. If I start to fill up his water dish, he attacks the water dish and gets angry.
     
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