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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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.

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.

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.

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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.

Live food? Where do I recommend?

I get asked quite a lot “where do you get your roaches from?”. I have used the same guy now for 3 years or more – Live Foods Tamworth.

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I give them a 5/5 dead roach review rating and highly recommend them to anyone.5 star dead roach

You are able to watch my review video below and make your mind up for yourself

 

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)

 

Eastern Invert Show- Bedford 16th September

As the title suggests there is a tarantula and invertebrate exhibition this Sunday 16th September in Bedford.

It will be one of the largest shows in the UK (definitely biggest this year)

All the details can be found on the invert shows UK Facebook page or watch the video below

Sunday is Aphonopelma day..

Today’s video is the first to incorporate the use of my new green screen. I’m most definitely still learning, but it is a very cool effect.

Aphonopelma chalcodes, Aphonopelma seemanni and Theraphosa stirmi are showcased in this video. I also point out some problems in their enclosures with mould and spot maintenance.

I got a little pressie from a fellow youtuber – Peter Webster

With thanks to Peter for sending me five assassin bug nymphs. They are totally awesome and pretty damn quick. You can see me opening the box in the link below, I’m sure they will feature heavily in my upcoming videos.

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Western Invert Show in Bristol (22nd July)

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The Bristol invert show is one month away and excitement is building. This is a very well organised exhibition on the outskirts of Bristol, making it only 90mins drive door to door.

I will be heading over early to get some filming done – I’ve been given a traders pass from Lee @ thespidershop and have to make sure I concentrate and don’t get too distracted by the spiders/traders, to begin with.

I will be there all day until close so please come say hello, if you spot me. I’m not as miserable as my face would show.

I will be keeping my eye open for some weird bits and bobs – I fancy some true spiders and some scorpions… maybe even a couple of tailless whips.

Development of new spider room…

I’ve had a plan to relocate the spider room from our converted attic to a downstairs bedroom (unused).

The reason for the move is that the attic is a very large space to heat in the winter, and due to the velox windows, absolutely boiling hot in the summer.

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I measured the new room and bought a few heavy duty shelves. As you can see from the pic above, I assembled the shelving units in my bedroom- just to see if there was any issues with missing parts or damage (bedroom as it’s next to the spare room and has lots of space)

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Finished off doing the heavy lifting, moving beds and wardrobes, and then gave it all a good spring clean (when do you get the opportunity to do a deep clean under furniture?)

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Pretty happy with the results. Watch this space for tarantula breeding – I’m gonna smash my PB.

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Pterinoplema sazimai Update #2

I checked in on the sazimai eggsack and it’s looking really good, the nymphs are getting ready to moult into spiderlings. I’m sure they will be done within the next 2-3 weeks – really taking their time, I’ve been told that they don’t do anything quickly!

The male returned from his travels and is still making sperm webs and pacing like a trooper. I hope I can keep him alive for a few more weeks at least as the big momma female moulted, looking cracking.

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I wasn’t expecting for the male to return at all… he’s getting on in age and has serviced two females very well. I sent him to Johnny Power from The Tarantula Factory, his female dropped a sack about a month after mine. Johnny separated the N2’s as we have a 50/50 agreement on any slings produced – he counted 387 each!

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I still have no idea how many are in my eggsack as I’ve not removed them, I just leave them inside the sack – this seems to provide them with security and helps to regulate the humidity inside the incubator…. each to their own/ whatever works for you.

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As you can see above, the mirror patch on the abdomen is developing and darkening. This is a good indication of how close they are to moulting into spiderlings (this is the start of their urticating bristles developing under the exoskeleton)

I am still running a competition on the channel to win 5 of these spiderlings – just guess how many there will be from my females eggsack and I will send you some for free.

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