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Golgotha

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Queen Creek AZ
Greetings from Queen Creek, Arizona. I cared for a wild caught local Tucson Bronze tarantula for several months. He was doing great and eating and drinking well. One morning I found him trying to molt and this lien -like thing coming out. He never finished the molt. See strange video. After the natural sadness, I wanted to find out what went wrong. Taking the video to an awesome pet store (Tropical Treasures) in Phoenix where I purchased an absolute gorgeous Chaco Golden Knee. The store looked at the video and said a parasite killed it and is more common in a wild caught. This was encouraging that it was not me that caused its demise.
Video- Failed parasite molt
Fist picture - Absolutely stunning Chaco Golden Knee
Second Picture - It looks like a female to me but I am a noob.

Opinions Please
Thanks!
 

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DustyD

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Sorry for your loss. A bizarre situation for sure. Recently this forum had someone log in who has experience and has studied tarantula parasites. Do a search for nematodes.

Congrats on the new T. My first tarantula was and is a G. pulchripes. She us quite the excavator when she is in the mood. She is one of three Chaco Golden Knee tarantulas that I have, including one that is about half an inch.
Enjoy. Feel free to post questions, comments and pics as the mood moves you.
 

octanejunkie

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Welcome, could be a female, but your best chance at determining that will be examining a molt/exo
 

Golgotha

New Member
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Location
Queen Creek AZ
Sorry for your loss. A bizarre situation for sure. Recently this forum had someone log in who has experience and has studied tarantula parasites. Do a search for nematodes.

Congrats on the new T. My first tarantula was and is a G. pulchripes. She us quite the excavator when she is in the mood. She is one of three Chaco Golden Knee tarantulas that I have, including one that is about half an inch.
Enjoy. Feel free to post questions, comments and pics as the mood moves you.
Would you say I have a female from the detailed close up?
 

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