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.
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.
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
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.
If you are debating going to one of these shows or missed this years expo.. check out these vids. Crazy times!
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.