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Noobie - B.Smithi & A.Avicularia

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Shaolin, Jul 25, 2018.

  1. Shaolin

    Shaolin New Member

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    Hi,
    I have very recently acquired a Red Knee and Pink Toe from someone downsizing their collection - of exotics, these were the only arachnids the rest are snakes and lizards....

    These are my first spiders and from the reading I had done seemed like the ones I would like. I really liked the idea of an arboreal species, so the Pink Toe ticks that box. However I did want to see the spider occasionally and the Red Knee does that nicely - in fact I have yet to see her go in her hide.

    My Smithi is in a terrestrial nano Komodo setup - which I think came from the Spider Shop. The Pink Toe is in a 30x 30x 45 exo terra with tall bark pieces.

    I'll upload photos soon.
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    Hello and welcome to the wonderful world of tarantulas.:)
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    Welcome to the Group ..........LC72UK:):T:
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    Hello and welcome. Looking forward to pics.
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    Took these this morning. Doesn’t seem too bothered by the heat but is ignoring a cricket at the moment. If it’s still there tonight I’ll feed it to my dragon.
    Quite a bald spot on the abdomen, so very near molting.
    On the weekend I’ll get the camera out and do some nice shots.
    Need to get the lighting properly done for the juve pink tie.


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    This shows the premolt bald spot better.


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    Still not too bothered by the heat this morning.

    Are there any signs of distress I should look out for?

    On the other hand my Pink Toe appears to crap on the front glass every night - not sure what she is trying to say?!?


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    Phil Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    welcome to the forum and the wonderful world of Tarantulas. To help you on your journey, a bald spot is not a sure sign of an impending moult - especially with the red knee - all it means is that it has done what most red knees do and flick hair off its abdomen. The way you can tell it is due to moult, especially if there is a bald patch, the colour will change from tan to dark gery/black as that is the new hairs forming underneath. If it is that colour and not feeding then it is getting ready to moult, if the bald patch is still tan in colour, no moult due. Hope that helps.

    edit....just seen the other pic. that bald patch dies look dark but may just be the lighting?
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    Phil Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    avics do that all the time....lol they are keeping the bark or plants they live on nice and clean and getting rid if the nasty stuff the furthest place they can. Birds do the same in nests. :)
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    It is very dark. Found this last night.


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    And this morning.

    I will look tonight to see if there is enough to sex from. I might well have left it too late to reshape though.


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