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Very First Turantula!

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by ArachnidSpecilist, Mar 10, 2018.

  1. PidderPeets

    PidderPeets Arachnoangel Active Member

    It's just how they give them to you for the car ride home (not that that's much better). They're like pet carriers. They do have smaller boxes that they should've used though. My boyfriend had to specifically ask for the smallest box they had when he bought our A. seemanni, and the woman who packaged her was pretty hesitant to put her in something that small.

  2. spookyvibes

    spookyvibes Arachnobaron Active Member

    I believe they just use the box for transportation purposes. Unless you want your new tarantula buckled up and riding shotgun:hilarious:
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  3. She finally went in the enclosure! I finally nudged her abdomen one last time last night and she went in! She's (it's a she) really beautiful! I read your concerns about the wood chips, the people at Petco got me some blow up soil or something. The wood chips were a cheaper option that I got from Home Depot. I will change the enclosure immediately.
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  4. This is her right next to the water dish: IMG_20180310_205621.jpg
    She's got some cool silver stripes on her ceptsomethingthorax (I keep forgetting the name) and she's got some thin needle like fangs.
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  5. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    I know that it's for transport only. :blackeye:
    If you buy spiders here, they pack them in plastic boxes, hence my response ;)
    Cardboard+fangs is not a good idea, they can easily strike straight through that or even make their escape by biting a hole in it.

    I don't own a car, I used to take my A.geniculata squad on my bike but they kept eating the groceries. :wacky:

    I have read a post about someone's sister taking her G.rosea with her when she went out, riding cars and shopping. That was insane!
  6. She's also got some weird dust things on her abdomen. Is that natural?
  7. Dave Jay

    Dave Jay Arachnoknight Active Member

    The 'blow up' soil is probably a brick of coco peat I imagine, you put it in a bucket and add water and it swells to fill the bucket. That's the most commonly used substrate.
  8. Kendricks

    Kendricks Arachnosquire

    It's crapco, are you really surprised my oranje friend? :D
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  9. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    Not really I guess...:D

    Oranje?! I am Frisian, screw orange! :p
  10. i hear a lot of bad stuff about companies like petco but i'm not in the u.s myself so i'm not familiar with them but can someone tell me if they sell OW's? I'm quite scared if they do...
  11. PidderPeets

    PidderPeets Arachnoangel Active Member

    That would certainly be the better option. But that would require that Petco actually care about their animals, and *gasp* spend money to make the proper adjustments! :eek:

    I've never seen OWs there. Usually it's standard NW wild-caughts. A. avicularia, G. porteri, and A. seemanni are what I see the most. Back when they had the "tarantula huts", they had more options available as slings, but still nothing rare and still no OWs. B. albopilosum, B. vagans, N. chromatus and the like.
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  12. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    You do realize that you need to catch her back out again if you're going to change the enclosure immediately...
    That would be the urticating hair patch. Don't touch it, and give her space if she appears to 'scratch her butt', she's kicking the hairs up.

    It would have been better if you had done some research before you got a Theraphosid. Not trying to be mean, but you need to research fast if you want to keep yours successfully. Good thing B.albopilosum are pretty much bulletproof but still...
    Here are some links to threads on this forum you need to read:



    Pretty spider you have there, seems like you got the Nicaraguan type. Up your keeping and you'll do great.
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  13. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    There have been reports and posts about a large petstore chain selling OW, even under NW names. Not sure which chain that was again, but i think if you enter 'petstore OW' you should get appropriate results :)
  14. mconnachan

    mconnachan Arachnoprince Active Member

    I know right - that's the most useless attempt at transporting a tarantula I've ever seen. :bag: < Petco hang your heads in shame!
  15. mconnachan

    mconnachan Arachnoprince Active Member

    Cephalothorax - She's a stunning specimen for sure, she looks like Nicaraguan form due to how white the setae are, hobby form are more drab looking, my 1" sling is supposedly from the same locality, time will tell, yeah in another 4-5 years.
  16. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

    Just in time for you to take your T out. You need to make sure the distance from the sub floor to the lid is only 1.5X the Ts diagonal leg span (DLS). Otherwise your T will fall from the top of your tank and go splat and die.

    I strongly suggest you do more question asking here, DON'T read care sheets- they kill tarantulas.

    The amount of time and interest you take into researching the needs and husbandry of this exotic animal directly relates to how long it will survive in captivity. Its life depends on YOU.

    It also helps if you spell correctly, people might take more notice.
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  17. Mvtt70

    Mvtt70 Arachnobaron

    That is pretty <edit> that they put the T in a cardboard box with no sub... I'm hoping they only put it in that after you bought her...
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  18. Draketeeth

    Draketeeth Arachnoknight

    Before the whole "tarantula hut" idea (which was supposed to include a selection of OWs before the folks here petitioned for that to not occur and Petco removed them, only offering NWs after that, though the packaging still listed both), Cobalt Blue Tarantulas were available. I think that was the only OW on the list. Never saw one in-store, but it was available for special order. After the tarantula hut troubles, I've seen only sub-adult curly hairs in my local store and haven't inquired as to what else is available.
  19. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    Good to know they're still complying with the arachnohobby considering not selling OW. I half expected they would lay low until the commotion went away and going right back to business.
  20. Chris LXXIX

    Chris LXXIX ArachnoGod Active Member

    They had probably the idea after eating a 'Salumi Cone' in 'Salumeria Boccalone', located in Frisco (CA one), Ferry Terminal building :pompous: