hm, the speed of growth is a hint, but that doesn't have to mean it's male. but at 3", you shouldbe able to determine the sex quite easily by examining the exuvium (unless it was destroyed, of course).
my metallica is about 1.5" and she took about 2 month between moltings, but again, that doesn't mean it's female.
yeah I knew it wouldnt say for sure but I thought I would see what kind of input I could get. and I have the exuvium but I suck at sexing them.. I usually tear it up without seeing what it was. and I hear Pokies are notoriously hard to sex.
pokies are very hard to sex ventrally. but with an exuvium, you should get a pretty good idea at that size.
try misting the 'skinny' part with warm water and a bit of dish soap. when it is soft, spread it out very carefully, maybe using a toothprick rather than your fingers. then you should be able to see a flap if it's female. or you could just take some good pics and let us have a guess
yeah I have tried with toothpicks and Qtips.. I just always seem to tear it instead of opening it up.. because they are folded over and stuck together.. if I could get it open I can sex it no problem.. ah well I will try again
ok I tried and it just wouldnt open for me.. it was folded so I could see book lungs on either side but there was no way to unfold it without it falling apart.
really, your metallica webs itself up? well, all my pokies do that to some extent when molting, but what they call webbing looks real amateurish next to any avic i've ever seen .
my pokies mostly just web a bit and put a bit of dirt on it - i've never had much of a problem retrieving a molt from them without disturbing them too much.
The spermathecae would be extremely difficult to see at that size without a microscope or very strong magnifying glass. Although your camera might be able to see what your eyes can't, you seem to be able to get up pretty close with your pictures. It's worth a try anyway, if you rip it then you're no worse off than you are now. Or maybe you could try posting some ventral shots if you can.
thats a male. males pokies has that bump or dot kinda in the middle. females only have smooth ventral without that dot or bump in the middle. a frined of mine is good at V sexing pokies so far all seemed to go right and he taught me how to do it i am not just good at explaining but to me thats a male.