They actually did crawl over each other several times, but basically ignored each other. I kept at the ready though, just in case. They're SUPER DOCILE, and great pet spiders... I'm hoping to get a breeding pair and get some out there in the hobby. They look just like milk chocolate colored velvet! That's why one is named "Hershey!" Mmmmmmmmmmmm.
They are gorgeous, remember not to over collect them now that you know were to get them. Also are you sure they are A eutylenum? If so that’s very awesome. One more thing, I’m betting the big one is a female, and the little one is a male. Notice how the big ones abdomen is small? Well this means she molted recently giving her enough time to get fat for this years breeding season. However the male does not molt in the spring like the females, they retain all there energy for there ultimate molt in the fall. I see the same things with the tarantulas from down here.
Yes, I have contacted Tom Prentice at University of California Riverside and he has confirmed their species. The Aphonopelma eutylenum breeds in the fall and the Aphonopelma steindachneri breeds in the summer. Breeding season starts late in the summer and continues until early fall, I'm going to try to get a male and female.
Of course I wouldn't over harvest, they are getting enough trouble from the human race, ESPECIALLY in California! I actually saw a kangaroo rat on our outing, that is a protected species here and not seen often. We have built up it's habitat and now there are so few of them left!
Anyway, my hope is to breed MINE and get them out in the pet trade. I don't think I could sell a wild caught unless they were as prolific as the darm centipedes we have!!!
Here's a newspaper story about our little local guys...
2 species in cali alone, hardly! I think the news has got it wronge there are 10 alone that I could pull up. Non the less congrats on your spiders. At least this paper did give mostly correct information