Chaco golden knee tarantula (Grammostola pulchripes) molt
May 23, 2013 by allthingsbiological
Newly eclosed Chaco golden knee tarantula (Grammostola pulchripes) and its freshly shed exoskeleton. Click image to enlarge.
Chaco golden knees (Grammostola pulchripes), native to Argentina, Uraguay and Paraguy, are large tarantulas that may achieve an adult diagonal leg span of 8.5″. One of the more docile species, they are easily recognized by the distinct golden striped legs markings that are so obvious in the adults.
Adult chaco golden knee image courtesy of www.jonathansjungleroadshow.co.uk
Nick Stevens sent me the spiderling in January as a photography competition prize. It’s been very healthy, though an iffy eater and a slow grower thus far, though I suspect this individual’s growth rate will pick up quickly.
The dull-shiny abdomen and shiny, cellophane-like legs indicate that a molt is imminent. Photograph taken May 22, 2013. Double click for full imapct.
Note the freshly molted spiderling’s increased size relative to that of the exoskeleton that housed it a few hours earlier. Photograph taken May 22, 2013. Double click image for full impact.
Chaco golden knee spiderling showing a raised abdomen defensive posture. It will darken significantly and subtle leg marking should appear over the next few days. Click/double click image to enlarge.