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Pale Wind Spider (Scorpion)

Discussion in 'True Spiders & Other Arachnids' started by Athlon2k2, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. Athlon2k2

    Athlon2k2 Arachnobaron

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    I'm not sure of the latin name or any of the specifics, but this creature is awesome. I found it here in Arizona and it looked interesting so I acquired one for my collection. I tossed a cricket into it enclosure today and it just tore the cricket to shreds, eating every last bit of it. I think right now he is using the leg as a toothpick. I hope to learn a lot more about this guy and I will post pics soon.

    -Dustin
     
  2. What

    What Arachnoprince

    They are called solfugids, and be careful of overfeeding!
     
  3. Athlon2k2

    Athlon2k2 Arachnobaron

    he is about an inch long. Would a small cricket a week be overfeeding?

    -Dustin
     
  4. What

    What Arachnoprince

    That should be fine, if it starts to get really plump hold off feeding for a week or two.
     
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2008
  5. Athlon2k2

    Athlon2k2 Arachnobaron

    Cool. Seems like it will be a nice species to own. Today I built an enclosure that was very similar to its natural environment. Within an hour it had already built a burrow. I'm not sure how often it will come out. Probably only at night.

    -Dustin
     
  6. lostriverdoc

    lostriverdoc Arachnosquire

    People down by my way call them sun spiders (don't know why, I've only seen them @ night) did you get any scorps in Tucson this weekend?
     
  7. Athlon2k2

    Athlon2k2 Arachnobaron

    I wish. I took your advice but only got a chance to go out for like 30 minutes. Within the first 10 minutes I found a Striped-tail and the Sun Spider. I found a few pedes but could get any into the containers. Hopefully I can go again soon.
     
  8. Widowman10

    Widowman10 Arachnoemperor

    a week or two?! :eek: wow, i wouldn't hold off for that long if i were you... they have such a fast metabolism that a few days should do the charm. you can prob seriously feed them every day (something small of course) and they will be happy.
     
  9. What

    What Arachnoprince

    It has been well documented the solfugids do better when kept at sizes not considered plump. Look at this thread.

    I kept a local solfugid for ~8 months via feeding it once every 2 weeks. These cannot be expected to get meals every day to feed upon, they are lucky to get meals once a week in the wild.

    So, yes feed it a large meal every week - two weeks and it should be fine.
     
  10. cacoseraph

    cacoseraph ArachnoGod Old Timer

    i keep them alive for 5, 6, 7 months at a go when i feed them sparingly. i have had them molt for me, too. look like superman when they do it. when i fed them a lot i couldn't really get much past 2 months. now i just don't bother with them =P

    these are definitely a creature that will overeat to their own detriment
     
  11. Athlon2k2

    Athlon2k2 Arachnobaron

    Hopefully he has a decent life span. He has built a nice burrow. I provided him with compacted dirt and then a piece of flagstone. On top of that a light coat of sand. Within an hour he had dug under the flagstone. This morning I saw him running around his cage trying to get out. Apparently they are excellent climbs using their pedipalps.

    -Dustin
     
  12. cacoseraph

    cacoseraph ArachnoGod Old Timer

    some sp have sticky pads ontheir pedipalps and climb with them
     
  13. Widowman10

    Widowman10 Arachnoemperor

    this is very true! i did not expect this the very first time i caught one years ago! took me by surprise :eek:. but now i know ;)