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Today in the Spider Room?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by Dovey, Apr 10, 2018.

  1. Marika

    Marika Arachnobaron Active Member

    I think my crab spider has made an egg sac. I found her on my floor last fall so I'm not sure if the eggs could be viable.
  2. Rhino1

    Rhino1 Arachnoknight Active Member

    Today in the spider room....finally got to the end of this project and I now officially have a spider room, yay.
    Just started moving everything in and will be building more shelves soon, finally have the room to rehouse a lot of stuff.
    Currently have - 7 species of scorpion and 11 species of tarantula as well as various true spiders and myalgamorphs.
    Also, just received eggs of 3 different leaf insect species, not to mention recent breeding g events of lots of scorplings, spiderlings and a few egg sacs too.
    The room is 3.5 metres by 2.2 metres, insulated inside the walls with recycled foam packaging and I have an 8 metre low wattage heat cord on a timer running behind all the cupboards and under the shelves.
    Lots more to do with more shelves to be added, some led lighting and not forgetting the two empty walls you can't see in the pic. Although the new acrylic enclosures ordered from china must be on a canoe somewhere cos it's taking forever to get here.
    Thanks for looking
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  3. draconisj4

    draconisj4 Arachnobaron Active Member

    Finally! My LP "Tiny", one of the first slings I got in 2017 had flipped when I got home from work. The first 3 molts were 2 months apart, then 2 molts at 3 months apart and now I've been waiting for 11 months and the day has come!! "Tiny" is now confirmed female :woot: Bonus!!!
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  4. Hoxter

    Hoxter Arachnoknight Active Member

    Another day of growing my hate towards my exoterra faunariums because of those lids. My usually very skittish M. robustum has decided it's safe to spend nights outside of its burrow and I can't even take any good pictures because of those lids. And don't even think about touching the whole shelf as she instantly disappears when I do it. :banghead:
  5. Serpyderpy

    Serpyderpy Arachnosquire

    My biggest tarantula, my Stichoplastoris sp. "Nicaragua", Elizabeth, has been in a rather mediocre tub for a while. I originally set it up when I was less experienced and she's essentially been burrowed in there for nearly a year with the occassional glimpse of her when I send a cricket or mealworm in that mysteriously vanishes. I thought it best not to disturb her but today I decided it's time to fix her enclosure up a bit.

    Her original tub had less than optimal substrate for a burrowing species so I take everything out and managed to coax her out of her little plant pot and get her into a catch cup. I double the amount of substrate and get it all nice and thoroughly moist, wash out her water dish, fill it up, remove any dead remnants of foes and eventually get it looking all prim and proper for her to go back in. I let her go back in and she's very calm as she usually is and I think that now would be a nice time to get a picture of her as she's out and about. Me looking for the phone must have given her some sweet vibrations because the next thing I know she's going for a wander across the bed.

    Now bear in mind I'm not at my house, I'm on a mini-vacation down at my partners house and he's not exactly too fond of spiders. Seeing a rather large tarantula crawling along his bed he starts making the noise he always does when he's slightly unsure of the situation, but he grabs his camera and starts taking pictures. I thought this was pretty odd, especially at a time where there's a sizeable spider on the side of his bed but he says he's less scared of them when he looks at them through the lense. She runs around for a bit and then settles on the catch cup, probably mocking me, and then eventually I nudge her towards the box and she goes back to her cage.

    She's currently sat in the corner of the box, more than likely cursing me for foiling her plans of taking over my partners house and scaring his housemates half to death, but I'm hoping she'll enjoy her new box. I need a cold drink. :rolleyes:
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  6. Asgiliath

    Asgiliath Arachnoknight Active Member

    I caught A. metallica drinking!! Never seen any of my spiders use their water dishes.
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  7. Surfing Tigress

    Surfing Tigress Arachnosquire Active Member

    Last night I decided it was time for my new Chilobrachys fimbiatus to leave the nest :)

    When I put him in his new enclosure three weeks ago I left the smaller rubber made tubby he came in in it so he could come out on his own when he was ready. But unlike any of the others I have ever had, he just decided to live in it inside the bigger enclosure; like staying in a closet instead of using the whole house lol. He would come out overnight and sit on the edge of his tubby perfectly content to live in it. So it was time... so last night he was in the webbed home he created in the tubby and I pulled out the whole web with the substratestuck on it with him in it and placed it on the ground, awkwardly on its side slumped against enclosure decor as to encourage him to explore and find a new place. Did the typical T mommy worry of "gee, I really hope for a little guy he can get himself out of that collapsed web he all closed into now. But I always forget how determined they are :). The little bugger by this morning had kept that awkward bundle of webbing just out in the open on the front glass and made a beautiful tune doorway out of it and webbed it in place. He is not giving up his starter home LMAO :)
  8. Surfing Tigress

    Surfing Tigress Arachnosquire Active Member

    I find my big ones like their water dishes when they are decent size. I know some people recommend a little bottle cap, but I give mine shallow square glass dishes; I put rocks in them for safety when they are a little smaller and helps prevent drowned cricket cause it gives them something to climb out on. I find my bigger Ts enjoy a large water dish better and will come over and stand in it and drink more regularly. You can get the dishes and rocks at the dollar store. The glass is also heavier so it prevent them from tipping them over.... though my metallica still likes filling hers with substrate periodically :) The little plastic square fluted shaped ones that are for weddings the dollar store carries are really good too (the rocks still make them heavy enough to prevent tipping. Below is a pic of the glass and plastic ones in my enclosures.

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  9. Asgiliath

    Asgiliath Arachnoknight Active Member

    Hmm I haven’t seen many T keepers use rocks in water dishes. Probably can’t do any harm but why are you worried about the dishes tipping or crickets drowning? Do you leave live ones in often? (No judgement, just curious)
  10. SteveIDDQD

    SteveIDDQD Arachnosquire Active Member

    I'm still waiting for my c.fibriatus to come out of it's hole. She's a really nice and pretty chilled out adult female, and I only got to see her for a few days when I got her at the start of Feb. Never got her to eat either which is a bit of a worry.

    I set her up in a very deep burrowing type enclosure with not much space above the substrate, rather than the semi burrowing/terrestrial set up I see a lot of people have (which they web up and burrow in almost like an m.balfouri would). She webbed up the surface a bit, dug a big hole, and vanished. She also ripped up the fake plants and webbed them all over the entrance to the hole so you cant see in. :(

    I can see a glimpse of her tiger striped butt through the side of the enclosure, so I know she's ok. She was very fat so hopefully just a long pre-moult period and she'll appear all fresh and ready to eat sometime soon. :)
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  11. Surfing Tigress

    Surfing Tigress Arachnosquire Active Member

    I go in at night before bed or early in the morning when I get up around 3 and leave the lights off and just use a flashlight and most of mine I catch out. Once in a while I get lucky and all of my big ones are out at the same time and it's great to see how different they are side by side and how big they are getting. I have one T that almost never hides; she stays out 24 hours a day, is very active wandering and exploring and cleaning herself, and isn't big on webbing; so at least I get to show people her (and then just insist my other Ts aren't imaginary friends and really do exist in there enclosures somewhere lol).
    But I can sympathize in that my newest addition webbed herself up sooo tight and sooo much its like a cocoon and you can't see through it. The only reason I know she is alive is because I shine a strong flashlight on the web periodically and disturb a little and can see a silhouette move lol :)
  12. Surfing Tigress

    Surfing Tigress Arachnosquire Active Member

    Yeah for my big ones, who will easily eat more than one cricket in a feeding, I add 2-3 large crickets live and leave them for a day or two (as long as the T is not in ANY stage of the molting process). If they don't get eaten in a few days, or they die, they get removed. But I let my T's eat at their leisure and use their natural instincts to hunt at night, I don't tong feed. As for the rocks, the crickets drowning in the water dish can cause an issue because they can actually taint the water (as any dead animal in water would). Rocks are a super easy fix and ensures the crickets live long enough for the T to find them at their leisure. Crickets are idiots lol and I have literally watched them 5 seconds after getting put in a large enclosure walk straight over and jump in a water dish and drown SMH :dead:

    As for tipping the water dish over... it seems unnecessary given such an easy fix? If the water dish doesn't get tipped then its assured they always have a water source and its refillable without being taken out between cleanings and disturbing the T (or risk to the person who's hands are reaching all the way to the bottom of the enclosure like 3-4 inches from the T). Especially when I have to be out of town and someone else has to make sure they have water lol ;)
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  13. krbshappy71

    krbshappy71 Arachnosquire

    I was getting worried if my H. maculata was even still alive so set up a webcam, it worked!
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  14. krbshappy71

    krbshappy71 Arachnosquire

    I hear they make great stocking stuffers.
  15. lostbrane

    lostbrane Arachnobaron Arachnosupporter

    Quite a few of my spiders either don’t use or rarely frequent their water dish. Which makes for some interesting and amusing interactions some times.

    Last night, for example, my P. gigas darted straight for the water I was squirting onto the sub. She then put her mouth right underneath so I was directly applying drops so she could get a good drink.

    My P. cambridgei did something similar, except this time the tip of the pipette was in the enclosure a little bit and a brief and mild game of tug of war ensued. Rather endearing.
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  16. MintyWood826

    MintyWood826 Arachnobaron Active Member

    My Avic made some webbing in the way to the waterdish. Now every time I try to fill it she thinks the baster is food and runs at it.
  17. Tommydragon10

    Tommydragon10 Arachnopeon

    Feeding all those spiders must take you half an eternity!
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  18. MainMann

    MainMann Arachnosquire Active Member

    Rehoused my LP into an acrylic enclosure today! Sooo happy with the finished look of the enclosure :p I'll be changing all of my spiders into acrylic enclosures one by one because I'm sick of those milky plastic containers.

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  19. Marika

    Marika Arachnobaron Active Member

    There are tiny crab spider babies crawling all over the enclosure :cat:
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  20. lostbrane

    lostbrane Arachnobaron Arachnosupporter

    Decided to randomly check in on my P. subfusca LL. Found it curled at the bottom of it's cork tube. Started trying to get to it and it started moving but it's not looking great. Have it in a temp enclosure for now, and hopefully will see some improvement.

    Update: He seems to be doing better. Apparently he is/was dehydrated seeing as he is currently planted on the damp paper towel I have in the corner. I wish I could make the bastard drink in his enclosure but apparently that's too much to ask.

    Second update: seems to be doing a lot better. He’s still fairly lethargic though. Redid his enclosure and out him back in after some hours since he seemed to be improving quite a bit and he kept on going into a stress curl which was away from the paper towel on there so yeah. Will see how he’s doing when i wake up later today.

    Third update: Seems rather lethargic still but he made it to his cork tube so I suppose that's a good sign.
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