ArachnoTube Schedule (Moving Forward)

Monday at 7pm will be my weekly video release
Live Chat on the channel EVERY Thursday at 7pm

Also on a Thursday there will be live updates on Instagram and a #ThrowbackThursday video released at 9pm (all UK time)

Aphonopelma chalcodes (Desert Blonde Tarantula)

Aphonopelma chalcodes is a medium sized tarantula from North America

Description from http://www.thespidershop.co.uk

A nice big chunky Aphonopelma species that is blonde with a brown abdomen covered in reddish hairs. The colouration differs depending on locality, the Tucson locality has green looking femurs and brighter yellow on the carapace. They are not commonly seen in Europe as they are not often bred and can take up to 10 years to mature from Spiderling, they do however live for 20+ years.

Being a desert species they are very easy to care and have no delicate requirements and are as pullet proof as a Tarantula gets. They can be housed in simple terrestrial setup add something to hide under, a heat and a small bowl of water. They are slow moving and settle down quickly and though they make ideal pet spiders I reckon in a few years everyone will have one.

New enclosure for a giant vinegaroon – You DON’T have to play by the RULES!

Description by http://www.thespidershop.co.uk

This MAHOOSIVE species can grow up to 15cm inc. tail. They have six legs used for movement, two long, thin front legs that they use to feel around for prey and detect vibrations, and two large pedipalps modified into claws that they use to crush their prey. They have a long, thin, whip-like tail, the origin of the common name whip scorpion. From the base of this tail, they can spray a substance composed of 85% acetic acid in order to defend themselves. Acetic acid is the main component of vinegar, so the spray smells strongly of vinegar, leading to the common name “vinegarroon”.

Mastigoproctus giganteus have eight eyes: two in a pair on the front of the head and three on each side of the head. These eyes are very weak, so Mastigoproctus giganteus navigates mostly by feeling with its long front legs, tail, and pedipalps.

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SELENOCOSMIA ARNDSTI & the FIRST look inside WWW.THESPIDERSHOP.CO.UK

Description from http://www.thespidershop.co.uk A striking slender species from Papua New Guinea with bright orange legs and carapace contrasting against pitch-black femurs and abdomen. Terrestrial Asian species are generally aggressive when threatened they rear up in a threat display and won’t hesitate to bite. These are however in a league of their own and are 6 inches of pure evil. Not only are they fearlessly aggressive but also exceptionally fast so only suitable for experienced keepers. If provoked not only will they bite, they will shoot across your floor, pull the scart lead out your TV and tombstone your cat before disappearing underneath your fridge. They are generally less secretive than other Asians and are often out in the open. They require a moist substrate 10 – 15cm deep to allow burrowing and increase the humidity. They should be kept around 26°c with a 4°c drop in temperature at night.

BATHTUB BEDLAM – rehousing the baby Pterinochilus murinus “KIGOMA” and COMP winner announcement

Description from http://www.thespidershop.co.uk

The colour of the this species varies depending on original locality. They vary from a beautiful bright orange colour to tan with a starburst pattern covering its body. It is very interesting in both its behaviour and habits. Not a beginners species but definitely one of those species you need to keep sooner or later. They do not require high humidity and can be kept on slightly moistened substrate with a water dish. They are best kept in a terrarium that is set up with both arboreal and terrestrial hides. If given enough substrate they may even dig a burrow. They are very heavy webber’s and will not only cover a dense layer of web over their retreat but also over the entire enclosure, establishing elaborate silken tunnels. Care needs to be given when moving them and maintaining the enclosure as they are very fast and will not hesitate to bite or escape.

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GOLIATH BIRD EATING TARANTULA devours RAT – what I do if the snake refuses to eat (Graphic Warning)

Description from http://www.thespidershop.co.uk This species is a real monster, it is a giant, robust, heavy bodied, fast and powerful Spider. This is probably the most popular species in the Hobby. Uniformly dark brown in body colour covered with dense short setae (hair) which gives it a beautiful suede appearance. There are also some longish reddish hairs on the abdomen and legs. It is interested to observe the changes of coloration of this giant from moult to moult as it can vary from jet black to pale orange. In wild it inhabits very moist (even swamp) deep rain forests where it lives in deep burrows. They feed on any capable sized prey: insects, small mammals, frogs, lizards and has also been recorded to feed on lethal venomous snakes (West, 1992). In captivity it needs a very ample terrarium with a thick layer of humid substrate. and a big water bowl for drinking. Regular misting of the terrarium provides an increased humidity which is critical for this species. It readily utilises artificial retreats and you can also decorate the enclosure with artificial plants. This species doesn’t spin much web. In spite of the this Tarantula often being bred as spiderlings it is very hard to breed. The mating is usually successful but females do not produce the egg sacks, or if they do the eggs are often infertile. Egg sacks usually contain less than 100 eggs but the offspring are rather large and around 2 cm. There are a few points about this unique species a potential keeper must bear in mind. Humidity is important to this species and require regular misting, however it also important to have good ventilation so that the enclosure does not get stagnant as this can also be harmful. This species is a voracious eater and fast grower – it can eat and eat and eat and eat…. until the abdomen looks fit to burst, so try not to overfeed it to much. This species also has urticating hairs (type III) which are considered the nastiest among tarantula fauna and can cause serious irritation to the skin. Just the slightest movement of one rear leg rubbing against the abdomen of the is monster raises a whole cloud of this hair. It is also not a docile pet, they have 1.5 – 2 cm fangs and can strike a very painful bite. When this monster is distributed it will stridulate which is a hissing sound let you know it is annoyed.

Incredible footage of a GOLIATH BIRDEATER tarantula shedding it’s skin (Theraphosa stirmi moult)

Incredible footage of a GOLIATH BIRDEATER tarantula shedding it’s skin (Theraphosa stirmi moult)

Description from http://www.thespidershop.co.uk

This species is a real monster, it is a giant, robust, heavy bodied, fast and powerful Spider. This is probably the most popular species in the Hobby. Uniformly dark brown in body colour covered with dense short setae (hair) which gives it a beautiful suede appearance. There are also some longish reddish hairs on the abdomen and legs. It is interested to observe the changes of coloration of this giant from moult to moult as it can vary from jet black to pale orange. In wild it inhabits very moist (even swamp) deep rainforests where it lives in deep burrows. They feed on any capable sized prey: insects, small mammals, frogs, lizards and has also been recorded to feed on lethal venomous snakes (West, 1992). In captivity it needs a very ample terrarium with a thick layer of humid substrate. and a big water bowl for drinking. Regular misting of the terrarium provides an increased humidity which is critical for this species. It readily utilizes artificial retreats and you can also decorate the enclosure with artificial plants. This species doesn’t spin much web. In spite of the this Tarantula often being bred as spiderlings it is very hard to breed. The mating is usually successful but females do not produce the eggsacks, or if they do the eggs are often infertile. Eggsacks usually contain less than 100 eggs but the offspring are rather large and around 2cm. There are a few points about this unique species a potential keeper must bear in mind. Humidity is important to this species and require regular misting, however it also important to have good ventilation so that the enclosure does not get stagnant as this can also be harmful. This species is a voracious eater and fast grower – it can eat and eat and eat and eat…. until the abdomen looks fit to burst, so try not to overfeed it to much. This species also has urticating hairs (type III) which are considered the nastiest among tarantula fauna and can cause serious irritation to the skin. Just the slightest movement of one rear leg rubbing against the abdomen of the is monster raises a whole cloud of this hair. It is also not a docile pet, they have 1.5 – 2cm fangs and can strike a very painful bite. When this monster is distributed it will stridulate which is a hissing sound let you know it is annoyed.

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THREE spider pairings (Pterinochilus, Thrixopelma and Davus) The Tarantula Cave Breeding Comp!

So I thought I’d be a clever bugger and pair up three different species in the same night (after midnight)

I was especially keen to get the Davus pentaloris project started to get a time under my belt – me and Martin from “The Tarantula Cave” have a competition going to see who’s male Davus is the bigger stud muffin. Rules are simple, time starts when the male enters the enclosure and touches the substrate and quickest time to get at the female and connect.

Totally underestimated how long this would take. I heard from Martin that his was long…… BUT after 3 hours I gave up. Looks like I’ll have to try again soon for a better time.

Gardening at 8am!! Tomato, Chilli and Carnivorous plants

Gardening is rewarding. This is the first time I’ve tried to grow anything of my own in the garden and I’ve been documenting the process along the way. 

I don’t think these vids are suitable for a spider channel so I’ll post some on here if you want. 

The HIGHS and LOWS of the tarantula hobby

This is where the hobby sucks – Elation when our Poecilotheria metallica drops an eggsac and utter despair when she eats it the day after.

Another YouTube first though… I’ve never seen any footage of a pokie eating the sac

Poecilotheria striata – surprise eggsac

Its always good to come home to find a nice surprise in the spider room – this time it is a Poecilotheria striata eggsac. This female was paired over 6 months ago and I was almost starting to give up hope of her ever dropping. We’ve had striata eggsacs previously this year but have been eaten within the first three weeks. Fingers crossed that this one will go the distance.

I’m especially happy with this sac as it seems like there aren’t many people breeding this species of pokie at the moment.

Lyrognathus gianniopositoi (Asian Stout Leg)

This is probably my favourite dwarf species at the moment. There have been a few females available over the years but I have personally never seen a mature male in the flesh.

Those that watch the channel will remember that I was given these by Lee from http://www.thespidershop.co.uk with the plan to breed them in the future – I didn’t expect a male to mature so fast. There are another two unsexed spiders here that may be worth a punt pairing up (if female) but I’m thinking my best bet to get an adult female with be at the BTS exhibition in a few weeks.

In the meantime, have a look at this weeks video of when I found the male – the excitement is real.

BTS expo 2019 (British Tarantula Society) 19th May

The annual BTS exhibition will be on us again very soon – 19th of May to be exact. This year we are most definitely attending, the hotel is booked and the time off work requested.

I will be doing a kind of diary vlog of the three days (preparation day, night before shenanigans and then the exhibition)…Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I’m also going to try to live stream some of the tables and vendors in the main hall – your favourite YouTubers too.

Hype is building and the vendor spaces are all but full, it’s shaping up to be the best ever.

What are you looking out for? New species? Weird bugs? That one that got away so many times before?

I will be on the hunt for pairs of Poecilotheria species and groups of Selenocosmia but I’m sure there will be a few things that I can’t walk away from once seeing them in the flesh.

I plan to show some of my spiders in the “Spider Crufts” competition. In fact, I plan to enter something in nearly every category. The categories are as follows:

  • Best Brachypelma
  • Best New World Terrestrial
  • Best New World Arboreal
  • Best African
  • Best Asian Terrestrial
  • Best Asian Arboreal
  • Best Scorpion

Remember the competition isn’t only about the animals, there is a photography and Art group too. You will need to be a BTS member to enter but you can always join on the day at the BTS stand.

Please head over to http://exhibition.thebts.co.uk/ for all the proper info and announcements

The #1 top spider I’ve been waiting to add to my collection

Here they are, BIG thank you to Lee at http://www.thespidershop.co.uk for sorting me out with these bad boys. They are also bonkers! Haha checknout the vid now below or on my YouTube channel.

Lost a Poecilotheria metallica eggsac

To say this species is my kryptonite is an understatement. This old female will no longer be bred with any males and she will live the rest of her days happy on the shelf.

We have a second female, recently bought, to carry on with our attempts to finally get a successful eggsac.

Please think about subscribing to the YouTube channel if you’d like to see more of the metallica

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“Tiny” The Worlds Biggest Tarantula Genus (Theraphosa) Making her EGGSAC! by predatororpreyonline

“Tiny” The Worlds Biggest Tarantula Genus (Theraphosa) Making her EGGSAC! by predatororpreyonline

You’ve just watched our Goliath Birdeater Tarantula (Theraphosa stirmi) making her eggsac. It took over 28 hours of recording, speeded up x100 to make the last portion of this video.
It is a youtube first for this species and was totally nerve-wracking.
She was mated on May 1st 2018 so It’s now over 8 months.

Not another tarantula unboxing video…

So I’ve received a spider today for next year’s breeding projects…

You will need to wait until the end of the video to find out what it is…. its a good one. I promise.

UNBOXING – www.thespidershop.co.uk

This week I received my Christmas pressies from my fiance Claire, a large order from Lee and the gang at The Spider Shop UK.

We had to get them this early as the weather in Wales is going to turn bad over the next two weeks…. and you can’t exactly wrap tarantulas to put under the tree.

I made the most and stretched the one box into three videos for the channel –

Poecilotheria rufilata (Red Slate Ornamental) #FINDDAVE – davestock 2018

I lost a scorpion yesterday, a Heterometrus petersii to be exact. Thank you for all your support, lot’s of people messaged and gave tips on where to try looking. We tried all night to see if he would come out wandering in the spider room – nope!

Decided I would have to dismantle the spider room systematically.

To watch the video on youtube please click the link below

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Theraphosa stirmi (trying to get her to lay an eggsac)

It’s now been six months after pairing the monster in my collection – “The Burgundy Goliath” or Theraphosa stirmi.

I was expecting something to happen by now or at least some indication that she is gravid and preparing herself for eggsac production ie moving earth around or heavy webbing. So far, nothing. It’s time to take matters into my own hands and start making changes to her environment that may spur her on to drop.

In a very “off the cuff” episode from the YouTube channel, you can find out what I’ll be doing and how I’ll go about it.

Dynastes hercules reidi (Mystery Box from The Spider Shop)

New arrivals here at predatororpreyonline, A juvenile Selenocosmia sp.”Sabah” and a pair of rhinoceros beetles (Dynastes hercules reidi)

These are the start of a beetle breeding empire (Jokes)

You can watch the full mystery box unboxing video in the youtube window below

I would love to know what different species of beetles you have available for sale

Moving house again…

I seem to have a lot going on at the moment, we’re moving house again and moving the inverts into a new spider room. This is a big task but I’m feeling better about the new room.. it’s even better than the room I have now – laminate flooring so no mess on the carpet. Space may be an issue as it’s either the same size as the present one or even a little smaller (I have a lot of projects coming up)

 

Rhino/Stag beetle project…

Big beetles are getting more popular in the UK and there are a couple of really good places to get a wide range of species. The problem is it can get really expensive.

The secret to breeding and rearing really big beetles is in the substrate that they eat while developing.

Knowing how to make the best substrate is key. With that in mind I have developed a three year plan that will ensure I have plenty of substrate for each year after.

As a bi-product of using the wood substrates for the beetles it makes for fantastic compost for growing plants and vegetables in the garden.