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Hello! New to the hobby

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by BigJohn97, Jun 6, 2018.

  1. BigJohn97

    BigJohn97 New Member

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    Hello everyone, my name is John. I'm still very new to caring for tarantulas. I got my first one (unsexed Brachypelma albopilosum) about a month and a half ago and have been watching its activity closely. While I'm here, I would like to ask about balding/molting. The brachypelma albopilosum I have has had a large bald spot on its abdomen since shortly after I took it home. It hasn't been flicking hairs. Along with the bald spot, it has refused meals and burrows (burrowing only started in the past couple of weeks). I want to say it's in premolt but I've read that balding and refusing meals can also mean it's sick. How can I tell if it's just in premolt as opposed to being sick, I guess is my question. Anyway, yeah, I'm John, I hope I can learn more about my species as well as others and make friends here. Sorry for adding such a long question to my introduction! Peace.
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    Dave Jay Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forum!
    You're probably worrying about nothing but I'll leave the advice to others.
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Hi John, welcome to the hobby.:)
    If that is your T in your avatar it looks to be fairly big so premoult will be that much longer. Eventually that bald spot will darken telling you the moult is imminent.
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    Yvonne G Administrator

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    Welcome, John!!
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    Hello and welcome.
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    LC72uk Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Welcome to the Group John..............LC72UK.:):T:
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  7. BigJohn97

    BigJohn97 New Member

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    I have two at the moment, the albopilosum and a juvenile Avicularia avicularia. I definitely intend on growing my collection :)
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    Thanks!
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    Welcome to Thunderdome, bi....oh wait, wrong forum..
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