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Hole in carapace?

Discussion in 'Brachypelma' started by Zarshenyu, Nov 20, 2018.

  1. Zarshenyu

    Zarshenyu Member

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    Hello :)

    I know that my Albo has this hole in his carapace. But it seems getting bigger (or it is just my imagination since i already checked the photo of my albos from the first day i got him, the size of the hole is same)

    I attach the picture of my T below.

    Is that normal if tarantula have this hole in his carapace? And is it possible if the hole getting bigger or deeper? What is the function of this hole?

    Thank you :T:

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  2. Avic

    Avic New Member

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    Hi, don't worry about the indentation on the carapace mate, it's perfectly normal.
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    Nunua Well-Known Member

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    It's called a tergal apodeme (also know a central apodeme) and it's a relatively essential part of a carapace anatomy :) Some species, for example Ceratogyrus darlingi, has a "horn" instead of a hole.
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  4. Zarshenyu

    Zarshenyu Member

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    Aah i see. So glad that it is normal for him :D
    And now i think the hair color on my T is getting dull/pale and become a bit brown, slightly different with another B. Albo that i found in google.
    Is he really okay? Im afraid that he'll get dehydration..

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    Dave Jay Well-Known Member

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    You'll find that most of the stunning tarantula photos were taken soon after moulting when the colours are at their most vibrant, later the colours tone down a bit. As the next moult approaches the colour tends to look darker and the tarantula has a dull appearance . They may also become slower and refuse food. The size of the abdomen is an indicator of dehydration, it should look plump and full, and definitely not wrinkled. Keep a water bowl full and perhaps spray one corner or wall a little bit to leave large droplets. Unless the abdomen looks shrunken and very skinny I wouldn't worry too much , my guess is that your tarantula is probably nearing a moult.
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  6. Zarshenyu

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    He's still moving as usual. But the new thing is, yesterday is the first day he left a crickets leg. I assume it's because he get full (because i gave him one big crickets 2 day before yesterday. Then yesterday i gave him small crickets again because i have to work for 1 week).

    And i think his abdomen is good (i attached the photo). Beside premolt, is there any reason of T color getting dull? Like from what crickets eat can affect T color?
    I'm afraid that he will get sick :'(

    I'm really new to Tarantula.. So i will try my best to keep him healthy.

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  7. Enn49

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

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    He looks fine to me. I don't think you have anything to worry about. A T will go a week or more without food.
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    Is there any certain humidity and temperature for him? Some said that if T in premolt, we should watch carefully about the humidity and temperature
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member Premium Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Humidity isn't important as long as you have a water bowl in the container. I keep my B. albos at normal room temperature, as long as it's warm enough for you to sit in comfortably it'll be warm enough for your T.
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    Okay then
    Thank you for the info