Sexing Tarantulas

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Sexing Tarantulas

Post by Karen Wa » Sun, 17 Nov 1991 10:26:23

OK, all you tarantula experts out there!  Here's one for you:

        How can I determine the gender of an *immature* tarantula?

I'm in the market for my second tarantula.  I would prefer to get a
female (longer lifespan), but - how to tell?  As we discovered with our
first tarantula, males don't show the distinctive "leg hooks" and the
subtly-different leg proportions until their final molting, at which
time they are within a year of dying of old age.  Does anybody know of
a way to determine the gender of a tarantula before then?