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    Thread: Sexing your tarantula by molts

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      Need to see the inside of the molt between the book lungs to see if there is spermathecae
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      Acanthogonatus pi ss ii 0.2.0, Acanthogonatus francki 0.2.0, 1-Linothele fallax 0.1.0, A. vilches 0.1.0, Diplura sp. Sanguinea 1/2"

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      Quote Originally Posted by Ranchibi View Post
      Need to see the inside of the molt between the book lungs to see if there is spermathecae
      I thought it was opened. Try as I might, even with water, it is so tiny and delicate that I can't seem to make any progress opening it. All I succeeded in doing was tearing a hole in it.

      So this one will remain a mystery for a while.
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      Yup! I have tried in vain to sex tiny slings by molt but, as you know...ALWAYS TEARS!
      T. stirmi 0.3.18, T. apophysis 6.5" 0.1.0
      N. chromatus 0.1.0, N. coloratovillosus 0.2.0
      G. pulchripes 0.1.0, A. geniculata 0.2.0
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      L. parahybana 0.1.0, L. striatipes 0.2.0, L. klugi 0.1.0, Pamphobeteus sp. Santo Domingo 0.1.0
      Acanthogonatus pi ss ii 0.2.0, Acanthogonatus francki 0.2.0, 1-Linothele fallax 0.1.0, A. vilches 0.1.0, Diplura sp. Sanguinea 1/2"

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      Ungoliant, when you say you use water, do you use any soap with it? The soap allows the skin to soak in the water, otherwise it is hydrophobic.

      Personally, I have not had much trouble with it, but I will usually set the fresh skin (I take it out as soon as possible while it is still pliable and soft) on a piece of plastic (scrap plexi or other), put a drop of soap water on the abdomen of the skin, then use two of those little plastic cocktail swords to very carefully try to spread the skin.

      I do tear them sometimes, but manage to spread it more often than not.


      As for your ventral shot, that is a bit young, but if I had to guess, I would say female.

      Don't quote me though, I am still not sure if I know what I am doing with that.

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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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      Quote Originally Posted by ManlyMan7 View Post
      Ungoliant, when you say you use water, do you use any soap with it? The soap allows the skin to soak in the water, otherwise it is hydrophobic.
      No, just regular water. I had the molt when it was fresh. (That's when I took the initial photos.) It was only a day later when the molt was dry that I tried to open it for the additional photos that Ranchibi requested.
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      Well, I think you did better than me because at that size I try to sex them ventrally because I find it so difficult to open a slings molt! LOL
      T. stirmi 0.3.18, T. apophysis 6.5" 0.1.0
      N. chromatus 0.1.0, N. coloratovillosus 0.2.0
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      L. parahybana 0.1.0, L. striatipes 0.2.0, L. klugi 0.1.0, Pamphobeteus sp. Santo Domingo 0.1.0
      Acanthogonatus pi ss ii 0.2.0, Acanthogonatus francki 0.2.0, 1-Linothele fallax 0.1.0, A. vilches 0.1.0, Diplura sp. Sanguinea 1/2"

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      Flat toothpicks work a bit better for not tearing. They seem to be rounded just enough to avoid the tearing issue if you go slow and gently.
      I'm far from pro so it doesn't help me much with the little guys though :/ not enough there for me to tell even opened lol
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      LOL Kymura! Me and little molts don't do well together! But, the flat toothpick idea is GENIUS
      T. stirmi 0.3.18, T. apophysis 6.5" 0.1.0
      N. chromatus 0.1.0, N. coloratovillosus 0.2.0
      G. pulchripes 0.1.0, A. geniculata 0.2.0
      P. regalis 0.2.0, Chilobrachy sai yok 0.1.0, Gorgyrella sp. black Africa 0.1.0
      L. parahybana 0.1.0, L. striatipes 0.2.0, L. klugi 0.1.0, Pamphobeteus sp. Santo Domingo 0.1.0
      Acanthogonatus pi ss ii 0.2.0, Acanthogonatus francki 0.2.0, 1-Linothele fallax 0.1.0, A. vilches 0.1.0, Diplura sp. Sanguinea 1/2"

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      Quote Originally Posted by Kymura View Post
      Flat toothpicks work a bit better for not tearing. They seem to be rounded just enough to avoid the tearing issue if you go slow and gently.
      Thanks for the tip. I'll give that a try next time. (I normally use two pairs of tweezers.)
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      I have nothing to add to this discussion. I just wanted to say that all of your input was very helpful and I learned a few tricks too. Thanks guys.
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