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      Hello, haven't been on in a while, my Chilean Rose Hair just molted and I'm wondering if it's possible to sex from these pictures I took with a Macro Lens on my phone. It's a little chewed up but I tried to get the best shot I could.Click image for larger version. 

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      The area that I need to see is very out of focus. Can you take more pictures? Definitely looks large enough to sex, and the exo seems to be in good shape.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Tgirl1010 View Post
      The area that I need to see is very out of focus. Can you take more pictures? Definitely looks large enough to sex, and the exo seems to be in good shape.
      Here's a couple more I think I have the right area, if I need to take more I can 🙂
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      At a glance i'm leaning towards male
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      Quote Originally Posted by xSicSolx View Post
      Here's a couple more I think I have the right area, if I need to take more I can
      It looks male to me, but I'm not 100% sure from these images.

      One trick I found helpful:
      1. Cut the abdomen off of the rest of the molt
      2. Cut off the bottom off the abdomen below the second pair of book lungs. (Otherwise, it has a tendency to fold in on itself.)
      3. Prepare a dish of water with a drop of dish soap to reduce surface tension. (Otherwise, the light molt has a tendency to float on top.)
      4. Place the molt in the dish. Let it soak for up to five minutes (until it becomes pliable).
      5. Photograph the inside of the abdomen, focusing on the area between the first pair of book lungs. Sometimes it helps to backlight the molt.


      Lately, instead of removing the molt from the water before taking photos, I've been spreading it out in the water and taking the photo while it's in the water. It's a lot easier to spread the molt in water (it tends to fold on itself when you remove it), and the water acts as a diffuser of light.
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      Awesome thank you for the detailed information. The little one molted again so I'll do that and post another picture 🙂

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      I am not seeing any signs of female here, but it can be hard with photos.

      How big is it now? seems about the size that if male, it should be mature. Is this one now quite leggy and have a very pink carapace? If so, you likely have a mature male.

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      Toss the male in, take him out of the water dish in bolus form the next day.

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      Ah ok, it's not very leggy yet, It's maybe 2" 1/2 from abdomen to carapace (not sure where to measure from) I'm bad at gaugeing but I do have the hatch date if it's at all trust worthy. 2/22/16 so it's almost 3 years old. I picked this one out of 2 that hatched at the same time and the last I saw the other of the pair was substantially larger in a year than mine is now. I'll have to look at the coloring again I didn't want to disturb it too much but before it molted it was kind of a brownish color. Thanks for the help everyone!

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