Chaco Golden Knee
Grammostola pulchripes

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Aug 14 2017
Photo on August 14 2017 - 3.25-3.50 inch Diagonal Leg Span



21 april 2017
Tarantula had been tucked away unseen for quite some time
I removed the hide to see if it was alright.  A molt was inside
and it has grown to ~3.0 toe to toe.  April 2017



1781
Molted September 5, 2017
A couple of experienced people on the internet have concluded this subject is Female



underside of tarantula
Underside of tarantula on 17 March  2017
Hanging on the inside of the container
because it was uncomfortable.
Was
moved to a container with lower humidity

   
Photo Details - ŠNicky Davis


Purchased from K8inverts. About 1.5 inches January 8, 2017


Reports indicate this tarantula has an 8 inch Diagonal Leg Span at maturity, male with smaller body but long legs.

Feeding
At maturity they reportedly  will eat about  4 crickets every week
At 3.25 inches this tarantula is eating 4 per week.  I have read that this much food can shorten the life of a tarantula so I am cutting back to 2 per week and see how that goes.
Tarantula will not eat for a week or two prior to molt and should not be fed anything for a week after a molt since their fangs and bodies need that much time to harden.


Housing 
According to "The Tarantula Keepers Guide"  housing should be two times Diagonal Leg Span wide and high and double that in length.
Avoid any screening on the container as they can get a claw or a fang caught.  No sharp edged decoration since they could fall and puncture something vital.
This Tarantula enjoys a bark "hide" and a full water dish
72-82 degrees F is reported as optimum.  I keep at room temperature of the house with no special heating or cooling.
60-65% humidity is optimal according to reports.  I adjust this by spilling water in the water dish if needed and sometimes a spray from a water bottle although this tarantula doesn't like the spray
Rehoused 14 June 2017
Changed substrate and cleaned the container 23 October 2017.


Molts
18 February 2017
~21 April 2017 found when moved to new container so date is approximate - 3 inches Diagonal Leg Span
4 July 2017 (74 days from last molt) 3.25 to 3.50 inches DLS
5 September 2017pm, 67 days from last molt.

Temperament
This tarantula has shown no aggressive tendencies. 
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