- Oct 8, 2002
what is the general thought of size/age do tarantulas go from being slings to juveniles?
WOULD A 2" CHEVRON BE A JUVIE?Originally posted by Code Monkey
I define juvenile as when they become mini-adults in appearance - hair all over the carapace and abdomen, more or less adult coloration (some species are more varied in this, e.g. A. versicolor or C. cyanopubescens), etc. It's not an exact science but since there is no official distinction other than a juvenile and sexually mature adult, it works for me. On average, this occurs around the 1.5 to 2 inch range in size. Age is pretty much useless as species differ so widely in development speed - a P. murinus or B. albopilosum can be fully grown and sexually mature at 2 years; a B. emilia or C. crawshayi would definitely still be a smallish juvenile at that age. Plus, temp and diet affect development speed further complicating using age as a guage.