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Grammostola Pulchra, is this normal?

Discussion in 'Grammostola' started by benihime, Jan 4, 2018.

  1. benihime

    benihime New Member

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    Hello everyone. This g. pulchra girl right here is my first tarantula and since I'm new in the hobby I don't know that well about them. She's very calm and never kicked hair before. But I see some changes on her abdomen. It's like she lost her long black hairs and she has lightly colored short hairs left there. Is this normal? Or is there an issue? I'm gonna add new photos of her and an old one so you can see the issue better. Thank you WhatsApp Image 2018-01-03 at 16.50.04.jpeg WhatsApp Image 2018-01-03 at 16.50.05.jpeg Screen Shot 2018-01-03 at 16.53.18.png
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    That is quite often the first sign of an approaching moult.
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    Arachnoclown Well-Known Member Premium Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Beautiful spider
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    Ratmosphere Active Member

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    Looks pretty big, how much did you pay for her?
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  5. benihime

    benihime New Member

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    Oh okay. Thanks a lot!
  6. benihime

    benihime New Member

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    Thank you! She is really stunning.
  7. benihime

    benihime New Member

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    Yeah she's around 5 years old. I live in İstanbul/Turkey so our currency is probably different but I paid around 350 Turkish Liras which makes around 95 US Dollars.
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    Whitelightning777 Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    That's not a bad price. The sling I'm getting today was $100.

    Great spider.
  9. benihime

    benihime New Member

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    Thanks! Yeah I think I got a really good deal for her.
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    CrypticSpider Well-Known Member 3 Year Member

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    That is the urt patch. Does not always mean an impending molt.

    The spider needs better substrate than wood chips, tho.

    Beautiful spiders, these are. :)
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  11. benihime

    benihime New Member

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    What is the urt patch? Also the substrate I use is coconut husk chips. Not regular woodchips.
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    Just don't worry about it. As Enn49 said, she's approaching premolt which is why she is losing her jet black colouration. Happens with all tarantulas. The patch is due to balding which can be a caused as I've heard due to power feeding or maybe stress. I'm not too sure, either way. Don't worry :D

    Oh and yeah, change that substrate. It's hideous and possibly dangerous. As you know, the tarantulas abdomen is fragile. If it drops down on one of those sharp ends of the chips while climbing then R.I.P. Plus it can't borrow and change her home around the way she likes it. Good luck friend.
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  13. Enn49

    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    The urt patch is where the urticating hairs are, the hairs that they kick. Most Ts will shed them before they moult and the bald patch tends to darken closer to the moult.
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  14. benihime

    benihime New Member

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    Thank you everyone for helping me out with my first tarantula. I'm being a little too anxious I guess. What would you recommend for substrate?
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    I'd also like to hear your recommendations on substrate. Also thank you for warning I didn't know what was a better option while picking.
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    Gorgeous Spider and as said before everything looks normal... This is a highly sought after Tarantula these days you’re very lucky hehe
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    benihime New Member

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    I get so much help here unlike the reptile forums which I needed to ask for advice years ago. Thank you everyone for helping me and giving me so much information. I'm thankful for every reply.
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    You can use a wide variety of substrate that are all arguably better the the suggested but I’d just get normal coco fibre... I’m a fan of adding vermiculite maybe 30 -70 and soaking one end where the water dish is and you can’t go wrong...
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    Thank you! I will do as you recommend. I'll order today and change the substrate as soon as my order arrives. I don't want anything to happen to her because of this issue.
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    Nah don’t worry, wood chips aren’t ideal but you’re good in the short term... One of the things about being new to keeping Ts is unnecessary worry... You’re good my friend:)
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