Monday, August 24, 2015

Heterometrus spinfer

Heterometrus spinifer out for a drink. Due for a moult soon.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Two new moults: B. klaasi & E. truculentus

Brachypelma klaasi

I went north for a couple days on my summer holiday. And during those two days away two tarantulas moulted. A freshly moulted B. klaasi must be one of the most beautiful creatures on the planet - a pity she(? - a bit unsure from this old skin) wouldn't be separated from her water dish so I could take a more picturesque photo. But even with an ugly plastic water dish she is a stunning spider.

Euathlus truculentus "black"

I have never had a problematic moult with any of my creatures before this. A small bit of the old opisthosoma was stuck on the E. truculentus black colour form.

Euathlus truculentus "black"
Since it's a relatively docile spider who usually doesn't do anything - sometimes a quick dash towards her hide or a quick kick of hair if annoyed - I helped her get rid of it. And gladly it wasn't anything serious: no haemolymph was "bleeding" out of her when I removed it. And she was wonderfully tolerant of me removing the piece - she took a couple quick steps forward but didn't kick any hairs. Now she is stretching her limbs, seemingly content.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Xenesthis sp. blue continues to grow

Xenesthis sp. blue moulted last night and went from a brown blob back into a blue-red beauty. I wonder why it went through such a brown phase after the previous moult when always before it's been blue-legged with red hairs on the abdomen. But it's back to being blue-red now. I am so glad to see this eating and moulting well. These blue coloured rarities can be rather expensive spiders.

Last moult: 18.7.2015

Earlier moults: 29.4.2015

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Damon diadema

I finally managed to get an Amblypygi, a Damon diadema.

She's tiny with a body length of c.1,5cm. But she is very pretty.

Friday, May 29, 2015

A Death and Two Rehousings

RIP Tegenaria domestica. This mature female died, presumably from old age, 27.5.2015. What a shame. She was a sweetie.

Rehousing the Euathlus sp. fire was incredibly easy. It is so sweet and obliging a spider.

"Hey there spidey-fellow, would you kindly move into this cup for me so I can move you to a nicer home?"

"Certainly good Sir," it replies and walks calmly into the cup. And just as calmly walks into its new abode and immediately starts exploring. "Looks good! I'll just crawl under this piece of bark and settle in."

Rehousing the Brachypelma klaasi wasn't quite as simple as the Euathlus

"Hey there spidey-fellow, would you kindly move into this cup for me so I can move you to a nicer home?"

"NO!!!!! I KICK HAIRS IN YOUR GENERAL DIRECTION!!!! YOUR MOTHER WAS A HAMSTER AND YOUR FATHER SMELLED OF ELDERBERRIES!!!!!" After a major rage attack (I had to put on latex gloves because of all the urticating hair!) it was tired and thristy and went straight for the water before exploring the new abode.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Euathlus truculentus "black"

Euathlus truculentus "black"; female.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Brachypelma klaasi

I was supposed to be on a break from buying spiders. But when I saw this orange-pink fuzzball, my self-control broke down. Brachypelma klaasi, purchased 2.5.2015; ls c.4cm