When a female is mature?

bokgrasul

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Hy all!
I have a sexually mature male of Brachypelma albopilosum.
I found somebody who told me that he can find me a sexually adult female of the same species.
How will I be able to know that this will be a mature female (sexually)??
Because I will pay a lot of money for her, I don't want to see my male wasted because the female is.....underage..
 

brachymad

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If its carapace size is the same size or larger than the males you should have no problem.
 

PinkLady

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IMO...your best bet would be to ask a couple questions regarding the female. Age...size...how many times it's molted and when it's last molt was. That should give you a good idea on the maturity of the T.
 

bokgrasul

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Thank you....so this is obvios!!
My male is sexaully mature.... If the female is a little bit larger than the mature male, than is ok!!
I did't see it :wall:
Thank you!
 

brachymad

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It only works with species that do not have a big size difference between the sexes. There are quite a few species where the females mature at a vastly larger size than the males. B albopilosum is not such a species so you should have no problems.
 

cacoseraph

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i personally think tarantulas mature earlier than the general consensus.

for B. albopilosum i would say you have a good chance of having a sexually mature female when she has 3.5-4" (9-10cm) diagonal legspan. possibly a little smaller than that, even... but at 9-10cm dls i would say you have better than 50% odds it will be receptive to mating and produce an eggsac.
 
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