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Cobalt Blue and Skelleton Tarantula

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by thedude, Sep 10, 2007.

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    yes i did also do prior research before i bought em


    i just bought a Cobalt blue (Haplopelma lividum)
    and skelleton tarantula (Ephebopus murinus) (yes the blue lives up to it's rep only 3" but acts 10' tall)last week at the northern berks reptile show (the one in hamburgh, PA) and was wondering if i can get a few extra pointers excpesally the Cobalt blue,

    ive got her in 5 gal tank with 6" of Peat/Vermaculite mix and a water dish is that all she needs? and are the ready burrowers caus that why i bought her and caus the color/attitude, she's in a corner of the cage with a big sil "triangle" that's sealed (but she's more than happy to break some of it to nab a cricket)

    the skelly in a 5 gal tank has 4" or so of the same mix a cork bark slab and a water dish she's under the cork now with all but 1 hole semi-sealed with silk




    ive got a
    (Haplopelma lividum) cobalt blue T
    (Ephebopus murinus)Skelleton T
    (gromostola rosea)Rose Haired T
    (theraphosa blondi)Goliath Birdeater
    x2 (scolopendra subpinipes)(did i spell that right?) asian giant centipede
    x3 (pandinus impirator) emporer scorps
    a giant vinegerone
    x3 african milipedes
    many (balberus giganteus) S. american giant cockroach
    and many hissing roaches
     
  2. Looks like you have it all under controll. You might want to stick a couple of fingers down in the substrate in one of the corners of the tank to start the burrow for your H. lividum. That's what I did and she finished it up. Moist substrate and a water dish and she's good to go. Don't expect to see her much after she's finished the burrow. Good luck.
     
  3. Mushroom Spore

    Mushroom Spore Arachnoemperor Old Timer

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    I know it's not what you intended, but I can't stop laughing at this. Yes, by all means, do this. The tarantula will come and tell you hello. {D
     
  4. lol yeh right


    yeh ima get right on that.. tomarow lol
    she went out of her way of building a webish thing to come try and shake my hand, with her fangs
     
  5. craig84

    craig84 Arachnoknight

    Exactly what I was thinking when I read the post{D
     
  6. oOINOVAIOo

    oOINOVAIOo Arachnopeon

    LOL I pictured myself doing that to mine once it grows... I shat bricks. :(
     
  7. MasamuneX7

    MasamuneX7 Arachnosquire Old Timer

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    Do these two species just look good together or what, because this is the 4th time I've come across someone who talked about a H. lividum in conjunction with an E. murinus, myself included. First it's a Youtube video with a guy showing his H. lividum and E. murinus in his video, then I decide to get an E. murinus to share the tank with my H. lividum (with a divider of course). Then, another user tells me that his H. lividum and E. murinus are neighbors, and finally I find this thread.
     
  8. Yeah, I suppose that would be a little dangerous. lol Romove the T or put a cup over her first....Or not. ;)
     
  9. Moltar

    Moltar ArachnoGod

    I have these same 2 sp living as neighbors. they eat together, sleep together, molt together and sometimes make me pee my pants together...

    No, seriously Dude. It sounds like your setups are ok. 6" subby will suffice but both of those would use an entire foot of substrate for burrowing if you could provide it and they'd love it. Also, you know these are both humidity loving species, yes? Soil should be moist but not sodden when you set the tank up and humidity should be maintained with a water dish and either misting or overflowing the dish from time to time.

    Some people say misting is for the birds. I'm undecided on this but that debate is for another thread. What i do w/ mine is keep the water filled, occasionally overfill the bowl and/or soak a small section of the substrate then i mist the walls to bring the humidity up. Also i mist the (fake) plants and the sphagnum moss on top of the 'strate. I only do this about 2x per week and it seems to be ok.
     
  10. Venom

    Venom Arachnoprince Old Timer

    My advice is, don't overestimate their moisture needs. E.murinus may come from a super-humid rainforest, but it doesn't need a swamp! Keep the substrate only moist--not wet. Spiders kept like amphibians will die. You should NOT be able to squeeze gobs of water out of it, but only a trickle. Keep the temps above 65 F, and provide a water dish also, and you should be fine. Good luck ( and great choice on the E.murinus---I'm partial to them myself!! )
     
  11. Ts

    i just tried the "fingers in the subbstrate" thing but i used my 12" tweezers instead, 2 maybe 3 hours after i did that i saw her (the cobalt blue) in there reinforcing the sides with web

    the skelly has a made a tube of silk under her cork bark and sealed the back entrance to it

    i can tell these were great choices and much more fun to watch than my
    G. rosea and a bit more impresive that my T.blondi (but alwase fun to watch him eat and walk around)
     
  12. and last thing do the H. lividium make burrows like trap door spiders w/o the lid to the burrow or do they make the entrance then a tunnle to a chamber? or do they do the entrance burrow than make the chamber at the bottom of it
     
  13. Fingolfin

    Fingolfin Arachnoangel

    Um, no lid really, but sometimes they'll cover the entrance with silk and burst out of it. Mine did both, just left it open, and used silk on the rare occasion. But I don't think they'll make a lod out of earth the same way a trap door would.
     
  14. ive gotten mixed measeges from internet sites (i guess diffrent experinces) i also asked the quest about divercity caus ive seen 1 pic that had a straight down burrow than it looked like there was a tunnle that follows the side of the tank mine like a big L , mine just made one straight down and is sitting face down like she's looking at the bottom of the tank then ive seen a pic where it's just a silk bowl in the middle of the cage (idk if that was the entrance to the burrow... or is there really no complexity to there burrows?
     
  15. Give her time. She'll clear out an area just off the main tunnel down to stretch out and relax.
     
  16. lol sorry for all the questions im just psyched i got one, ive bin eyeing them up for awhile now( all the info helped thank you so much it's verry appreciated), check my profile thingy out and look at her pic it's one of her before i helped her w/ her burrow, and feel free to check the rest out sorry there blurry sorta did em fast caus my battery was runnin low
     
  17. Nivek

    Nivek Arachnoknight Old Timer

    I just got 2 cobalt slings, lol. One has already made an awesome burrow, only to expand on it, I hope! The other....well...It's arboreal...:liar: The little guy hasn't come down from a corner except to eat, in which case it drags the cricket back up the side, lol. Anyone else have that happen? I know I absolutely love the burrow they make!