I first came into contact with a possible relative to this species over nine years ago. They came in a large shipment from Borneo and were then labelled as Ornithoctoninae G. sp. “Orange Fringe”. Sometimes as Haplopelma doriae but this was unconfirmed.
My last experience with them was in 2013 when I got my hands on a 1.2 trio (Two females and one male) The smallest female with a 16cm diagonal legspan died promptly from unknown reasons after laying an eggsack – the eggsack then went bad soon after.
It has been a personal mission to breed this species ever since. I know of only a few successful eggsacks.
While checking The Spider Shop’s website (as I do most days when bored) and noticed a post for sub adults at £69 each, I messaged my friend Lee Arden (Owner of TSS) immediately to secure a pair. I have no idea if there will be any males in the shipment but I am travelling back over to TSS HQ to rummage through the new arrivals and attempt to pick a male out for myself – this may prove very difficult as they are one of the most defensive species in the world …. absolute beasts that will test anyone’s bottle.
To say that I am excited is an understatement – I thought that I’d missed my chance and that I may never have seen another again. I will be thoroughly documenting this species on the YouTube channel and on here.
I noticed something happening out of the corner of my eye while editing Fridays video. Our Pterinopelma sazimai has now laid her first section of web in the bowl shape for eggsack construction.
This is the first eggsack I’ve ever had from this species so I am quite excited (as you would imagine)
I have all my fingers and toes crossed for a decent sack.
I will feature her on a full upcoming video but I just had to film a small one and share it with you guys!
The girl done good.
The new DSLR arrived and I am a bit blown away by it.
Need to adjust the image settings a bit but overall it’s cracking.
So for the last few months, I have been concentrating on the predatororprey.online YouTube channel. It’s been going OK so far, we are increasing our subscribers and getting some decent vid views for a small startup channel.
Getting close to the 100 subs and 10,000 views that I aimed to get by the end of 2017, it is a lot harder than I expected it to be, to be honest, and I did expect the channel to take off a bit quicker than it is. That being said my editing and video skills are improving and content is having some positive feedback. I have a good idea on what equipment I need to improve even further and I feel like it will all click soon.
I get my best views when I run a small competition to win some spiders so I published my second comp vid today.
Here’s my latest video for a reference
I am fed up of being limited by what you can do with facebook messenger – either it lags or you are unable to establish a stable connection.
I miss the old days of spider chat rooms like the T store so I decided to create an open Skype group for swapping tips, tricks, knowledge and resources.
Anyone can add themselves to the group and chat about anything spider related – only one rule – spammers or sales posts will be removed asap. By all means add a link to where you are selling a spider if there is interest.
Here’s the link :
About six weeks ago I sent out a facebook event invitation to come and help us christen the new house
“There is a new hoose that needs a party.
Bring yourselves and whatever you need to bring…. There will be beer and BBQ….. we may even cater for Vegans as long as you dont talk about it, you boring fucks!….. jokes – no Vegans! (jokes… or am I?)
People that are travelling are welcome to stay, there are sofas and a spare room in predatororprey.online HQ – arachnophobes may be fucked.
not really sellling this well but it will be a riiot. Musicians bring your shit.
Gar, Claire, Ivans, Aly and the animals”
It got messy quickly