Very large succesful Theraphosa molt

Fran

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This is the largest succesful molt I have ever witness on any tarantula.

As you can see by the angle of their front legs, she was never fully stretched in an "awkward" or tight manner.

I couldnt save the carpace for the picture, but I managed to meassure it at 42 mm (wide)


This female specimen is CB and has never been fed vertebrate prey.
 

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AgentD006las

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That makes my 9" female look like a speck! LOL Congrats on the successful molt Fran. :D
 

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This is the largest succesful molt I have ever witness on any tarantula.

As you can see by the angle of their front legs, she was never fully stretched in an "awkward" or tight manner.

I couldnt save the carpace for the picture, but I managed to meassure it at 42 mm (wide)


This female specimen is CB and has never been fed vertebrate prey.
what cycle do you have these T's on Fran!! Lol! congrats man....that is truly impressive!
 

Fran

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Thanks you 2 ;) !

Actually, I was so stressed she was not gonna make it....
She flipped at 1 am, and I didnt go to sleep till 4, woke up at 830 and she was finishing...
I spent 25 min trying to get the molt out of the almost 2 feet deep burrow...man my arms are like a freaking crab... Oo
 

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It is the biggest molt I have ever seen aswell! Monster T!
 

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Congrats on the successful molt!! Really large girl! My biggest lady also molted some days ago, a little over 4cm wide cephalothorax and about 10 inch or so LS. She is a T. blondi though, that's been with me for almost 6 years (got her as subadult). I also suffer when they molt...such big spiders is always a risky molt...I'll cry like a baby if something happens to my TB's!
They are amazing spiders indeed, the tarantula queen to me :)

Cheers,
Pato
 

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Grazie Fran, that is one impressive tarantula. I'll drink to this and many future successful molts! :clap:
 

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Oh my, that is one big exuvium, lol. Congrats , Fran. :)
 

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Congrats, Fran. Are molts for these giants more dangerous than those of adults from the other smaller species?
 

Fran

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Thanks again everybody.

To answer Bosing's question; Yes. It is rather usual to have problems with Theraphosa moltings,specially when they get to be large.

I believe going with CB individuals and raising your own feeders could be part of the solution. Also, forget about vertebrate prey.

Not only because of the suposed calcium problems (I have no actual facts on that one yet) but because you never know what those
mice have been treated with.
 

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Wow, that baby is hee-yuge! Congrats Fran!

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I will wait a good 3 weeks before even bother with food.
She molted out really fat still,and I cant even imagine the size Oo.

If she gained .5 " or .75" she is over 11" !
 

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I will wait a good 3 weeks before even bother with food.
She molted out really fat still,and I cant even imagine the size Oo.

If she gained .5 " or .75" she is over 11" !
Sexy. Can't wait to see pics!
 

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Congrats, Fran. I' am verry impressed. Never seen a molt that big. How old is she now?
 

Fran

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Thanks man :)

Well, im the second (and final ) owner :). From the previous owner I got the info as 3 and a half years old CB, So now she must be around 5+

I have another one at a very similar size and age whos about to lay any day.She has started the webbing/bowl for the eggsack already.
 

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Look at those biceps. Fran must be working out with his tarantulas again. Haha

Matt
 

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YEAY!!!:D:D:D
Looks like our girls molted within a week of each other :)
My little Theraphosa blondi molted around christmas.
Then she molted again about the same time as her big sister :)
I hope both my girls get to be that big one day :D
Congratulations!!

:clap::clap:
 
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