Category Archives: Brachypelma Smithi

Collection Reduction

In order to focus on my Brazilian boa breeding ambitions more seriously, I’ve decided to reduce my tarantula collection. I found a fellow enthusiast on Craig’s List who was happy to have all the individuals I’d tagged for re-homing.

I’m disappointed to see the spiders go, but the boas are a larger priority. Maybe I will be more inclined to keep up with this blog with a smaller collection. Ha! More likely, this will become a blog about my pets in general. Oh well. I had good intentions when I started. =P

Mexican Redknee [010] Feb2014 Monthly Update

She looks much brighter since her molt on the last day of January, and very easy to handle so long as I remember she kicks hairs when the lid to her pot is first opened. She’s definitely a “safe” spider to keep.

Acquired: Mexican Redknee [010]

My Brachypelma smithi spiderling arrived in a shipment to my local pet store December 17, 2013. She wasn’t one I planned on bringing home that day – I’ve always thought of Brachies as boring. But, the price was right and she was a decent size. My pet store gave me prices pretty close to cost for my original order of three individuals. 

At 0.8 inch, she is very slow to move, and has only kicked hairs once when initially bothered (startled), but otherwise just climbs around slowly in a nonchalant attempt to get away from whatever is pestering her.

Molt (1): January 29, 2014 @ 43 days from acquisition.
1 inch and significantly darker

Since molting, she kicks hairs on initial disturbance unfailingly so far, then remains very passive. She can be startled into bolting, but does not run far. I have coaxed her onto my hand once, she was heavier than I anticipated. I’m not all that interested in handling my collection, but I thought I should at least try it with such a “friendly” and predictable species.