Post by TenebrousNova on May 27, 2020 16:07:38 GMT
It's been many years, at least 15, since I kept my first ever tarantula (A female Chilean rose). This year I decided to try again. I currently own two Tlitocatl albopilosus (True curly hair) spiderlings and yesterday my female juvenile Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens (Greenbottle blue) arrived.
Here's the young curly hairs. They are tiny!
Both are very reclusive right now and I haven't seen them in some time. I believe they might be getting ready to molt at some point because tarantulas lose their appetite and become more secretive during this time.
Here's the greenbottle blue. She is much larger and although she does not yet have her adult colours, her legs have some blue and her abdomen is a bright orange. Yesterday she ate a cricket. This species will cover absolutely everything in webbing so I'm looking forward to seeing what she eventually does with her enclosure.
Post by TenebrousNova on May 29, 2020 14:04:09 GMT
On average, males live 3-4 years and females can live from 10-20 so they're definitely more popular. In addition, females are usually larger and stockier. Females are also likely to eat the male before, during or after mating unless you're prepared to intervene.
As for temperament, like most animals different tarantulas often have their own personality and may be more docile than others.
Here's the new girl! I did try to feed her last night but she mistook my tweezers for the food instead and got spooked when I had to catch the cricket, so I had to wait until today to try again. She spends plenty of time in the open and hasn't even tried out the cork hide. Then again, there is some contention on whether this species is terrestrial, arboreal or both. She tends to run into the corner of the lid when upset. This was taken just after she attacked the tweezers. You can see the cricket had a very narrow escape.
I managed to get a nice photo of the greenbottle blue feeding on a cricket. There are some tiny mites visible on one of her chelicerae where they meet the carapace, but I'm told they shouldn't be too much of an issue since mites need humidity and this species likes it dry. Plus when she molts they'll be stuck on the old exoskeleton.
Nothing new to report on the two spiderlings. They're still hiding.
Post by TenebrousNova on Jun 11, 2020 12:17:01 GMT
Today my latest (And last, as I had to promise my family) additions have turned up. First is a Caribena versicolor baby. This is a species of arboreal pink toe tarantula. They start out a nice blue before taking on a mixture of green and purple/red as adults.
This is also a baby but significantly larger. It is a Xenesthis species only labelled as "white" but they get very big and are a combination of black, red and purple when they grow up.
Third and last would've been a Venezuelan suntiger, another arboreal species, but sadly someone ordered the last one right before I could. Instead, I spoke to the Spider Shop guy and decided to get a pair of Liocheles australasiae- pygmy wood scorpions! I've never kept scorpions before so I'm quite excited. They are tiny things. These scorpions can live communally and the entire species is apparently made up of females, so they reproduce via parthenogenesis. In other words, they give birth to clones of themselves.
Is it big pincers small sting... Small pincers big sting..?
As a general rule of thumb, yes. The more venomous scorpions have big stings and smaller claws. Neither tried to sting or even pinch me while I handled them. The smaller of the two has accepted a cricket!