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PostSubject: Unknown earth tiger sheds....   2/20/2009, 6:04 pm

And it's chuffing HUGE

I posted this some months ago asking if anyone knew what it was.

We sent pics to a specialist called soren who thought it was ornithoctonus aureotibialis... until we told him how big it was!

We could only give an estimate at the time of about 6". Today we noticed she had shed. So I got the exuvium out and measured it.... she is 6.75" legspan!!!

So we will be sending the exuvium to soren who will hopefully ID this rather huge lady!

These are pics of the exuvium, I managed to pull out the fangs as well while it was still damp and they are just a tad over 0.5" Dont want them near me any time soon lol!



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PostSubject: Re: Unknown earth tiger sheds....   3/28/2009, 9:42 pm

did u managed to check her proper id?
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PostSubject: Re: Unknown earth tiger sheds....   3/28/2009, 9:59 pm

Yeah, Lisa! Any updates on this?

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PostSubject: Re: Unknown earth tiger sheds....   3/29/2009, 10:00 am

It is an ornithoctonus aureotibialis.... just an unusually large one. Although unusually large specimens are rare it's not unheard of.

on the opposite end of the scale we just sent off a male haplopelma albostritum that was a 'drawf' he was soooo tiny barely reaching 2" legspan. But he has done the job nontheless!

just shows you how weird tarantula's can be.
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