tarantulas

Tarantula update!

Hey sexy bitches. I have a tarantula update for ya.

I got a new fuzzy babby! a Grammostola pulchripes.

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I’ve named him/her Newb. SO CUTE. Photo taken 5/4/2016.

I got him at 1/2″. I’ve been feeding 1 small pinhead B. lateralis roach a week. I recently got some smaller B. dubia (by accident) so I think I’ll feed 2-3 a week, or maybe all at once. We’ll see.

Fun fact! I so rarely see this little shit that I actually forgot what he was! I kept thinking he was a Brachypelma smithi. I now call him my “pet hole”. Ew… that sounds… wrong…

As for George Peters… she had her 2nd molt on June 11th.

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I suspect she is female, but only because I used a technique I found on YouTube. I can’t find the video now, but it involved shining a light on the underside of the tarantula and seeing if there’s a sort of wide slit that catches the light. The video was for a different species but I decided to try it anyway. There was an obvious slit. I know she’s still too small for an accurate sexing (this was after her 2nd molt with me), but I’ll just go with “Yay, a female!” for now.

I have been feeding her 1 good sized B. dubia a week. I just got in a fresh batch yesterday and I think I got the next size up by accident. I feel pretty bad about it. I fed her one today and she didn’t complain at all. I will be picking from the smaller ones for as long as I can (maybe even order the next size down). Or maybe I’ll wait 2 weeks between feedings.

I also moved her into a new apartment yesterday. Here she is, today, after feeding her a rather large dinner. Sorry, GP!

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I’ve been eyeing a Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens for my next fuzzy bundle of joy. Maybe this month or next.

Here is GP’s new digs. She’s on the right. Newb is on the left, and is the size GP moved from.

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That’s my tarantula update!

Let me know what you think. I’m worried about feeding GP such a large meal. I don’t want to overfeed. Should I stick with the smallest ones or is feeding her less frequently going to be fine?

Thanks for dropping by <3<3<3

B. albo tarantula update!

So this Brachypelma albopilosum (nicknamed George Peters) was supposed to be 1/2-3/4″. When I got him I felt like hew was more like 1″. Today I went to go feed him and had rather a slight panic when I saw him chillaxing in his full glory and it really made me reconsider this hobby lol.

As an idea of scale: The lid is 2 1/2″ deep.

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Yeah, the little turd buried his moss. And his bark. And his leaves. But he seems to be pretty happy with his setup.

I immediately felt bad for feeding him just pinhead roaches. I mean… I kiiinda thought they were too small for him. Should I feed him twice a week now until I get bigger buggies?

Maybe I’ll get lucky and the great Tom Moran will see this and give advice.

 

 

Eee! Baby tarantula!

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Best pic I could get before he hid!

Here’s my first tarantula. It arrived just a little bit ago. I was so nervous I almost puked. I’ve been studying tarantulas for several months now and I finally have one!

I set its enclosure up and got it in there pretty quick. I only got one good look at it before getting it in its new home. I’ll just say “he” for now. He went into his new home without any trouble and almost immediately found the little hidey spot I started for him.

This sling is a Brachypelma albopilosum i.e. Honduran Curlyhair. I got him from Jamie’s Tarantulas in a beginner’s kit along with B. lateralis for food. I think he may be a typical chillax curlyhair. I’ve heard the slings can be a bit wild but he’s chill so far.

The B. albo wasn’t my first choice for a first tarantula but it is one of the many that I want anyway.

I’m looking forward to seeing this little guy grow up.

*edit* he started making himself at home in less than an hour! check out a little vid on Instagram.