Thursday, September 27, 2007

Dinner Bell

I love my babies so much! I was in the neighborhood today and have been wanting to pick up some crickets, so I stopped and got 3 for each of them. I gave their dirt a good soaking, too. Then I dropped 3 large crickets in with Anansi. She's looking a little thin. Within about 10 minutes, she had snagged all 3 and was kind of balling them all up into her chelicera all greedy-like. SOOO cute!

Next was Chaos's turn. She really likes her log (again), though this one also has some fuzzy looking spots on the end closest to the plastic. She has dug down in the corner of the log against the plastic. I saw her kind of go toward the exit once she noticed something was out there. She snagged the first cricket pretty quickly. She started up the hill that leads to the top of her log as a cricket seemed to be taunting her from there. She was so cute watching for it. Then she started laying down her webby table cloth. She isn't thin at all, but she hasn't molted since I got her, so she doesn't have any real reason to be thin. Still, she looks all pretty, pink, and large... made me wonder if she'd bury her exuvium if she did molt. hm

Finally it was time for my wild-caught spider I got at work. I have no idea what it is, I haven't really tried to ID it yet. This one has lined the entire bottom of it's cage with webbing. It's a circle, so it kind of pulls up into a bowl. Then the spider hides in the corner, just outside the bowl. I could tell this one noticed the movement in the habitat and was waiting for something to get close enough. I looked away for a minute and SNAG! First cricket bit the dust. I could have sat there for hours and watched them all process their dinner...

While I was at PetSmart, I was looking at habitats. I'm really wanting to get an arboreal species, but I'm concerned about habitat. So... I'm slowly researching my choices. I noticed a topic on one of my spider communities about pros/cons between arboreal and terrestrial. So I'll be reading those comments further and perhaps asking for suggestions on arboreal habitat that is available at the local pet stores. I really, really need to build (or buy) a shelf of some sort to go over my desk, but then it'll be too cold there this winter (it is an outside wall).

Sunday, September 23, 2007

RC Tarantula & A Book

Uncle Milton Radio Control TarantulaHave you seen this thing?!Uncover a Tarantula: Take a Three-Dimensional Look Inside a Tarantula! (Uncover Books) It is a remote control tarantula! It calls it realistic, but also says the eyes light up red... and what species does that?! Still... I want one! lol

Holy cow, and look at this book!! Very cool!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Long Time No Update

I recently expanded my spider family. I was at the PetCo to see what they had. I can't get the guy at e-Spiderworld to return my calls or reply to my emails. I feel like some kind of stalker, but I've been a good customer... I just prefer to purchase my spiders in person and carry them home rather than having them shipped.

So I was at PetCo... hoping to find an arboreal species... even though I prefer not to purchase from a pet store. They only had one tarantula... a Grammostola rosea (Chilean Rose Hair). Lee`s Aquarium Kritter Keeper Rectangle MiniI guess I had the new pet itch, because I just had to have it. The guy working really didn't like the spiders, so he was happy to let me get her out of the aquarium myself. He brought me this little cardboard box and I looked at him like he was crazy. I bought a kritter keeper (only by some other company) and put it directly into it. Off the top of my head, I can't recall if it's a boy or a girl and now it is hiding. This was a month ago or so. My life got real chaotic... so I finally named it the other day - Chaos. I put in one of those log things and Chaos liked to hang out on top of it... I guess now got more used to it because Chaos is hiding IN it and even dug some extra dirt out from under it.

Habba Hut #3 - Large (7" Long X 6" Diameter)Now a concern - the end of the log close to the plastic of the habitat has some furry green spots on it. I'm going to post to a spider community to see if this is cause for concern or no big deal. I don't like to have mold around... but Chaos really likes this log!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

New Resident & Recent Meal

I recently discovered a good sized bold jumping spider living in my minivan. It's the little things in life that make a person happy. heh

The last time I fed Anansi I dumped 6 medium crickets into her container. She snagged one very soon and then I left. When I got back home, she had them all in a pile under her and was covering them with a little bit of webbing. It was very cool.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Post-molt Pics!

I finally got shots of Anansi last night. She was out posing for me and everything!

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Here is the amazing thing, look at this photo from February of last year! The coloring in the photo isn't great anyway, but still - you can see how much she has changed.

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Sunday, February 4, 2007

No appetite - Molting

I recently gave a few crickets to Anansi. They hid from her pretty well, but she also showed no interest in them. The next morning I took them out. I also held her recently. She was well-behaved, though the light was all wrong and I didn't get any good photos. I got some slightly reddish, blurry photos of her on my hand.

This morning, she's finally molting! I peeked in on her and she's hiding in her half-tube (as opposed to the whole tube). She's been hiding out in there a lot lately. Only now... she's on her back! I can't see her very well, but I did see her move a leg, so there's that confirmation that she's really alive (and she's not curled up like a dead spider anyway). I can hardly wait to see the new, brighter, bigger Anansi, but I wish I could see her better now. It is tempting to remove the tube from over her so I can watch, but I would feel awful for doing so. She chose to molt in there - probably because it IS inside, hidden... it's dark and confined, etc.

I've had her for almost a year now (as of the end of this month)! My best friend took me to OKC for birthday lunch and to get her last year. We've talked about maybe going back this year. That would be very cool.

I guess that's it for spider news right now. Babs is doing fine. I'll surely post again sometime after Anansi has completed her molt. I can't wait to see her!