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Brazilian Blue
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Brazilian Black
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Brazilian Redhead
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Woke up this morning and thought "How in the hell did another tarantula get inside the Mexican Red Knee's enclosure?"

Then realized, holy shit he molted overnight, lol.

Still waiting for the Brazilian Blue to molt.

10/24/20 12:26 PM
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Holy shit! I love this thread. Good shit, Jman. I feel like a arachnid godparent in a way

10/24/20 12:55 PM
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Thanks, it's kind of an open book diary for me to keep track of their ages, when they molt, how big they are, etc. Over that past year and a half, I have learned a LOT about spiders in general and definitely have a lot more respect for them.

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I came back from the grocery store and my wife asked me if I took the exoskeleton out of the enclosure?

I said I didn't touch anything. I look inside and it is gone!

I think he moved it and is sitting on top of it (never seen this before) as I don't know where else it would be.
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Holy shit! I love this thread. Good shit, Jman. I feel like a arachnid godparent in a way

haha same here.

10/24/20 5:11 PM
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OK confirmed he just moved the exoskeleton over against the back wall.
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THST GUY WAS IN MY BACKYARD A COUPLE DAYS AGO.  ^^^^^   I THINK HE WAS DYING.   HAVE A LOT OF TARANTULA HAWKS AROUND HERE TOO.  

10/24/20 5:18 PM
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Yeah looks like a death curl. 

If it curls up, belly down, it is a death curl. 

If it curls up, laying on its back, it is going to molt.

God speed and good luck BIGWHITESEXY

10/24/20 5:50 PM
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I had about 3. The last one lived 14 years.

Anyone ever had a Gollioth Bird Eater? I wonder how large of a terrium you’d need and what type of special food other than birds?

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I had about 3. The last one lived 14 years.

Anyone ever had a Gollioth Bird Eater? I wonder how large of a terrium you’d need and what type of special food other than birds?


I saw a Goliath Bird Eater at the pet store this afternoon. It was $149 and was probably the size of a DVD. They had it in a terrarium the size of 18" x 18" x 24". I think they just feed it large crickets twice a week.

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Woke up this morning and saw the Brazilian Blue weaving a web covering the entrance to its burrow laying its molting mat (did this last time)...an hour later he is on its back molting,...FINALLY!

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I had about 3. The last one lived 14 years.

Anyone ever had a Gollioth Bird Eater? I wonder how large of a terrium you’d need and what type of special food other than birds?


I saw a Goliath Bird Eater at the pet store this afternoon. It was $149 and was probably the size of a DVD. They had it in a terrarium the size of 18" x 18" x 24". I think they just feed it large crickets twice a week.

Thanks! I’ve wanted one but never saw any at pet stores. There’s a reptile show/event in my town once or twice a year. There are also other vendors with tarantulas and the like. Maybe I can find one there.

10/25/20 5:34 PM
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About halfway out. A little worried about the one leg bent back on top, but we will see.
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Successful molt, no problem with the one leg. Doesn't look to be bigger than the 4" Mexican Red Rump, so that's good. 

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been interesting watching this thread progress
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Successful molt, no problem with the one leg. Doesn't look to be bigger than the 4" Mexican Red Rump, so that's good. 



How quickly do you know?
I imagined they sort of continue to expand for a little bit after being squashed into the old frame for so long
10/25/20 8:05 PM
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It will stretch out its legs a bit I er the next few days, but the Mexican Red Rump looked enormous after its last molt. The Brazilian Blue looks bigger, but not massive. It is hard to tell though when they are scrunched up though, so will have a better idea over the next few days. 

10/25/20 9:08 PM
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OK this is kind horrifying...I look in the enclosure about an hour after the Brazilian Blue has molted and it is CHEWING ON ITS EXOSKELETON!!! If this doesn't show you how crazy this fucking thing is, I don't know what does...its fangs aren't even hardened and black and it is chewing on its exoskeleton for some crazy reason!!!!!!

10/25/20 9:16 PM
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That is disturbing.
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They guy is still chewing on it..crazy. I guess some tarantulas do eat their exoskeletons, but it is not common:

Do tarantulas eat their molt? Most tarantulas do not eat their molt, however, some may end up consuming parts of it, especially the stomach and book lungs. It comes down to the individual tarantula as well as the suitability of the enclosure for the species of tarantula you own.

https://cutecaremonster.wordpress.com/2020/03/04/do-tarantulas-eat-their-molt-is-that-okay

10/25/20 9:47 PM
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"It comes down to the individual tarantula"


....so you have a psychopath on your hands haha