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    Thread: Does size = maturity?

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      Does size = maturity?

      I have been wondering about this sice I got Suzys P. scrofa female on Monday. Let me see if I can explian this clearly...

      A few years ago I purchased a WC female scrofa from KTBG. She wasnt in my care but 6 months and passed. I am assuming it was old age. Clover is also a WC female, but she is about 1/3 SMALLER than my previous scrofa. This got me thinking. I have read over and over that size doesnt always match up to age in CB tarantulas. Does this same rule apply to WC? I would assume that it would not. Im curious about this because I wonder if Clover didnt want to breed because she is too young. I think I read somewhere that you can tell if a F is sexually mature from their molt, is this true?

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      A female t is mature when her spermithicae have darkened to a usually brownish color. When too young to breed its clear/ easily seen through and harder to find on a molt.. When people say a t is mature by size they're basing it on when they tend to be mature by or the size they are known to grow to.
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      So is it safe to assume that Clover is younger than my first scrofa female and therefore possibly not ready to breed? Or does the size differance mean nothing? I guess we will just have to wait for a molt. Since she was WC her last molt date is unknow...I think.

      Suzy, you dont have a molt date for Clover do you?
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      Size could mean anything. Everything has a different growth rate. Sometimes if too far along after a molt they won't be receptive because because they're too close to molting again and won't be able to produce a sac successfully... Wasted effort etc...
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      Ok I am beginning to think there is no black and white here just shades of gray...
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      Keep in mind too that some tarantulas just as any other creature will never reach full size potential. Just as yous say no black or white but shades of grey.
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      Really good question!

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      She was freshly molted when she was caught. It was very obvious. Even just a week or two later, she didn't have that shiny, soft freshly-molted look she had when I got her. I am sure she was freshly molted. I am not sure she is mature though.
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      What is her size? Khan is 3.5 and mature.
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      I stink at measuring them. According to my measurments she is right around 3" DLS. I could be off a little though.
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