Wait, that's illegal
Brachypelma Hamorii (labelled Smithi but was under the impression that Smithi was the wild form). Photographed at the Sydney Reptile park, and I am beyond jealous. VERY freshly molted
"Reptile park burglarized after tarantula-crazed hobbyist plans heist: both hobbyist and tarantula still on the run."


@Arthroverts mate don't tempt me more than I already am :rofl:

I was particularly disappointed they didn't have their "Avicularia" Versi out on display, but they had a pile of molts above and I got to at least see it in molt format
@RezonantVoid, just so long as you don't swindle me into bringing some spiders back when I do get to visit your beautiful land...I hear the cassowary interrogators are brutal...

How many tarantulas did they have on display?


@Arthroverts 2 Selenocosmia that were hidden in spectacular web castles, and 3 of these gorgeous Brachys. On the shelves behind though, I could spy out many more Brachys and even the legendary Parahybana, it's enormous silhouette looming up against the glass of its tank.

but what had me the most stirred up were 2 enclosures hidden off the side out of view through the window of the Actracid milking room, labelled 'Champagne sp. "Blue" and Stent PQ<random numbers>. Only Australian species can be named something as rediculous as that, and I was craning my neck trying to make out the tank inhabitants but to no avail.

Not going to lie though, I was very disappointed with their other spider housing. H.Cerberea was housed terrestrially with no climbing medium, Missulena Bradleyi was kept on only 4cm of substrate in a 3cm wide enclosure, barely enough for the large chonker to turn around, and their wolf spider had only 5mm of sand and a rock as substrate. All of these had LED lights pointed at them.
Nice! I am laughing inside so hard right now; over here L. parahybana's are pests, but their "legendary" where you can't get them at all. Makes me all the more grateful for what I've got.

Seems like some research is in order...'Champagne. sp. "Blue"'?

Sounds like your typical invert display unfortunately. Hopefully they'll fix em' up soon though.


@Arthroverts if it's what I believe it is, it may be a completely navy blue unnamed species I saw in literature ages ago. The spider had absolutely zero information, just looked Aussie. It's something you can only tell if you seen alot of Aussie T's, but I just know it's here somewhere. This facility does do spider ID, so I might send them an email enquiry as well as provide them with updated terms and info
@RezonantVoid, sounds like the solid navy blue MMs some family has caught for me in the past here in California. It'd be cool if some more info becomes available on these; I'd love to see a photo one day so I can compare it with the one's I've seen around here.


I wouldn’t believe how jealous you must be. I may need to get hamorii just to P.O. you.

P.S.: I am beyond jealous that you get to go to the AUZZIE ZOOS! You have all these awesome critters that you find I N Y O U R B A C K Y A R D! The only things I find in my yard are fence lizards, side blotched lizards, crocodile geckos, occasionally alligator lizards, RARLEY garter snakes, beyond rare legless lizards, and just beyond impossibly rare praying mantids. You on the other hand have blue tongue skinks, beardies, mantids, lizards, water dragons, geckos, snakes, T’s, funnelwebs, trapdoors, orbweavers, scorpions, centipedes, roos, wombats, other smaller marsupials, other large true spiders, dragon flies, and the ENTIRE OUTBACK as a backyard. I’m legit steaming with jealousy. And I melted. :p
@MrGhostMantis sorry I was busy unpacking lol, btw your inbox is full so you'll have to start another conversation with me, I'll share all the photos from the park there

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