I’ve been sitting on this video weighing up the pros and cons of releasing it. I thought about turning off comments/likes/dislikes BUT decided against it. There is no doubt that Exotics Lair is an entertainer and a hugely successful YouTuber – I have a very strong opinion with channels exploiting the animals for views INSTEAD of showcasing how amazing they can be. We as keepers/hobbyists have a responsibility to give our spiders appropriate conditions to “feel” secure and thrive. The water dish series is a prime example.
So every now and then a video will keep popping up in my social media feeds and over the years become extremely difficult to ignore any longer. This is one of of them. A young chap apparently getting bitten by different species of tarantula for “research” purposes…. what a crock of shite!
This spider, Pterinochilus murinus, is a defensive “old world” Theraphosid spider found in central, eastern and southern Africa and is affectionately known as the OBT or Orange Bitey Thing.
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.
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
“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.
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.
Thanks to Dan Cousin for sending in questions – here is the link to his youtube channel
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