Thursday, June 22, 2006

Gosh, Anansi looks bright this morning

I picked up crickets yesterday. I had really stuffed her (two large crickets) almost three weeks ago. I needed to feed Bunny, too. So I put one large cricket and fresh water into Anansi's cage, then the other crickets in with Bunny (as usual). While I was watching for Anansi to snatch up breakfast, I noticed that her knees look brighter (Mexican Red Knee... as does her carapace. I thought I must be crazy... she can't be getting brighter without molting...

The next time I peeked in again, I noticed some weird chunk of dirt... what is that? it is legs!! She molted again without me even knowing it! Holy cow! Now I'm just hoping I'm not feeding her too soon. It would be a pain in the butt to get the cricket out... but I'm going to be gone all day and she hasn't snatched it yet.

I haven't been home much lately... and honestly I think that the lump that was once her has been there for a while...

Anyway, that's the news. I should take more photos soon!


She is laying a circle of web (perhaps on which to eat?)... also, I just spotted an old small cricket carcass. I guess she dug it up. I'll get that out of there today.

Saturday, June 3, 2006

More Meat!

It has been a while since I've fed my babies. Yesterday I bought a half dozen small crickets (and they did turn out to be quite tiny) and three large crickets. I have never given Anansi a large cricket, but I thought she might be ready. She caught the first (the smallest of the three, by chance) very quickly. By morning it was gone and I dropped in a slightly larger cricket. It promptly parked itself on the underside of the lid. I got it off and after a few minutes, Anansi was on it, too. Actually, I think she attacked it three times before she really held on and ate it.

The third large cricket is still in a bag, taunting a cat. lol