Arachnobaron of Pennsylvania
- Oct 15, 2009
I started in the hobby late August/early September of 2009. I have had a good variety of tarantulas and have rehoused all of them without a hitch... until today. My 2.25" H. maculata bolted out of its enclosure an the big tub that i use to rehouse them in about 1 second (no exaggeration). The enclosure was about 4" width, 5" length, and 6" tall and the big "rehoming" tub is about 1.5 by 2 feet and 1.5 feet high. It escaped at around 4:30 this afternoon (in my bedroom no less!) and hid in my closet. Well, after reading all of the "Escape threads" for the past year and a half I devised a plan. I turned a space heater towards a corner of my room and turned off all of the lights and closed the shades. I searched my room with a flashlight about every 2 hours. Well, the last time I checked at around 9 o'clock I found it right in the corner, where I strategically aimed the space heater, right where the wall meets the ceiling. i corralled it into an unused tupperware and finally got it back into its enclosure at around 9:15. Horrible experience. Great outcome! Hopefully this experience can help anyone else who has lost a tarantula (keep in mid that this was an arboreal tarantula and they have the tendency to climb to high places, i.e. the heated corner near the ceiling.) Hope this is a useful tale.