New Hide and Water Dish

This weekend, I fixed together some broken sheets of Styrofoam and grouted over to make a terrarium set  for a spare 5 gallon tank I had after selling more than half my tarantulas. I intend the foam pieces to be used for my Florida bark scorpion trio when they are big enough. I thought inverts would be a good choice for my first landscape project because the pieces don’t need to be all that sturdy as the animals are not going to be terribly harsh on them. Read More →

Borneo Black [004] July 2014 Monthly Update

Molt: July 18, 2014 @ 127 days.

She had been eating less between this and her last molt, which can account for the longer instar. I have not made a point to feed her aggressively. She is one of my less predictable specimens and I’m not anxious to have her at an adult size.

Ivory Ornamental [013] July 2014 Monthly Update

She’s fattening up since her last molt and looking good. Still my favorite. =) New photos! Read More →

Indian Violet [005] [006] July 2014 Update

No changes. Both individuals are plump and not taking food at the moment, so I’m hoping for a couple molts soon. I doubt they’ll be good enough to sex, these guys are still pretty small. Their behavior remains as seclusive as my cobalt blue, the equivalent of a couple pet holes as opposed to pet tarantulas. However, the silk they produce is infinitely more interesting than a simple burrow. Their homes are interesting and their presence is apparent even if they are not. I am disappointed to destroy their constructions in order to check on their growth. Read More →

Acquired: Violet Tree Spider [023]

This specimen is not very violet. The photos are a pretty accurate representation of her coloration. I don’t know if she was mislabeled, if she’ll grow into her purple, or if there is sexual dimorphism in this species. I really wanted a Tapi gigas, but settled for this because the availability was immediate and my pet store will be sold in the coming months, so I don’t know the likelihood that JP will continue to carry as many interesting species. =(

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Amazon Sapphire Pink Toe [012] July 2014 Update

Avicularia diversipes

Molt: July 18, 2014 @ 122 days.

Truly, my favorite pink toe species. I feel like none of the others compare. So many different colors! She could be growing a lot faster if I were gorging her, but I’ve been taking it easy on my arachnids. Read More →

Featherleg Baboon [003] June 2014 Update

I never see Mr. Nugs unless I tear out his entire hide. Up to this point, I’ve kept him on coco-fiber with a fiber hide. Now, I am experimenting with this pine hide that used to belong to my boas before it was accidentally snapped in two. I have heard from other hobbyists that it is toxic, but I am not convinced. I think it may be one of those things that nobody knows, nobody wants to risk, and nobody will advocate kind of things. You know, like how we used to think that keeping tarantula cages bone-dry would kill them? Read More →

Some Issues with Mold & Updates

Though it’s usually dry in Denver, these last couple weeks have been humid. Little gardens of mold began growing in many of my enclosures. The store was out of coco-fiber when I went, and bark was all they had. I swapped out the coco-fiber substrate with some Repti-bark (temporarily) to protect my T’s from mold. I assume mold, or the conditions under which it grows is more harmful than a few days exposed to some fragrant bark chips.

Red Slate Ornamental P. rufilata on temporary bark.

I’m not even sure how harmful Repti-bark is to tarantulas. I read all the time that pine and cedar are not good for them, but can’t seem to find a detailed explanation as to why. Often, sap is mentioned as being toxic, but that an issue with Repti-bark? I should ask my fellow hobbyists at Arachnoboards.com.

As for the delay in updates… I have no excuse. It’s not that I’ve been busier than usual, I just forget to  measure, photograph, and write updates for all my specimens.

Ivory Ornamental [013] June 2014 Monthly Update

She’s grown to 4.5″ already, though she doesn’t look it; She’s all leg. Still my favorite. Read More →

New Purchases Since March 2014

Since my last slew of updates, I have picked up another five tarantulas:

Ceratogyrus brachycephalus
Ephebopus cyanognathus
Ephebopus murinus (I’d previously purchased an A. seemanni mistakenly labeled as “Skeleton Leg”)
Grammostola pulchra
Brachypelma albopilosum Read More →