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Impulse purchased my first OW :/

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by CommanderBacon, Aug 15, 2019.

  1. CommanderBacon

    CommanderBacon Arachnoknight Active Member

    I went to the Reptile Super Show in Pomona last weekend and compulsively purchased two 2i Ceratogyrus darlingi. There was a sign at Millipedes And More saying 1 for $15, 2 for $25, and I bought two because they were a good deal.

    I never even really wanted a C darlingi, and now I have two evil children who are going to grow obscene-looking foveal protrusions. I could have bought a Orphnaecus philippinus, but no.

    So, please tell me about your C darlingi and share pictures of their horny bits so I can emotionally prepare for this journey. Thank you.
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  2. Mvtt70

    Mvtt70 Arachnobaron Active Member

    Do you have any other T keeping experience already? I've got to say buying Ts that you don't know how to care for because you got a good deal is not a good idea... Secondly since you did buy them do your due diligence and research them google "C. darlingi sling enclosures" then when they get bigger do the same but exchange sling for juvenile or simply just "C. darlingi enclosures" and make one to fit the T.
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  3. Vanisher

    Vanisher Arachnoking Old Timer

    I have no pictures on C darlingi, but i like the genus very much. I even bread them a couple of times! Give them slightly moist sub when tgey are tiny, and a deep layer of dry substrate, a corkbark and a waterdish when they are juveniles and adults
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  4. CommanderBacon

    CommanderBacon Arachnoknight Active Member

    @Mvtt70 I didn't say that I didn't know how to care for them. Why would you jump to that conclusion?

    I'm asking people to tell me about their own personal experiences with this species, not how to keep them.

    *throws urticating hairs at you*
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  5. Mvtt70

    Mvtt70 Arachnobaron Active Member

    My bad, its often the case on here lol. I have a ~5" female who I got probably 6-8 months ago at this size. Definitely fast but stays in her hide pretty much all the time, hasn't really burrowed though surprisingly.
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  6. Liquifin

    Liquifin Arachnoangel Active Member

    My 3 are just skittish pet web-holes. They're out all the time, but when I open there enclosures they just run into their burrows, which I never really gotten any threat postures or any signs of aggressiveness from them. I see them kind of like my A. ezendami, but out more with more webbing behaviors. I wouldn't fret or be afraid of any C. darlingi, since they're much more easier to deal with than a majority of OW T.'s out there. Just stay calm and assess the situation and nothing to worry about at the end of the day.
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  7. CommanderBacon

    CommanderBacon Arachnoknight Active Member

    That is one gorgeous lady! Is she mature, or do you expect more growth?

    I love fossorials and look forward to keeping these guys, although it's kind of a weird jump to make into OW, I think. I was kind of expecting to get an OBT like everyone else, or to splurge and get an H puchripes, but here I am.
  8. Liquifin

    Liquifin Arachnoangel Active Member

    I'd take a C. darlingi over the OBT any day. The OBT is overrated, despite me having 2 OBT females. :rolleyes:
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  9. CommanderBacon

    CommanderBacon Arachnoknight Active Member

    Do you mind if I ask to see a picture of your enclosures? Also, have you had them since they were slings?

    The deli cups these guys came in are fine for now imo, but I'm thinking I'll make them little starter burrows and give them a hide and some foliage cover, since they haven't burrowed at all. They're really tiny babies right now and don't know how to spider yet, I think.

    I also bought what I strongly suspect is a 2i Aphonopelma saguaro at the same show, and it's burrowing and active as hell in comparison, despite being 1/4 the size.
  10. Mvtt70

    Mvtt70 Arachnobaron Active Member

    I think she could probably gain an inch or so not sure if she'd be considered mature yet. Definitely would recommend darlingi over an OBT as first OW lol, though still others that are better.
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  11. CommanderBacon

    CommanderBacon Arachnoknight Active Member

    I decided I was ready for an OW months ago, and had others on my list that I would have liked first, but I guess this is fine. It was cheap, and it's weird, and has that beautiful baboon spider pattern on its butt that I like. I guess I just got impatient waiting for baby Heterothele villosella from my friend's MM.

    Saving up for a Sahydroaraneus raja, though. mmmmm
  12. Turtle

    Turtle Arachnoknight

    Does that make you a new world T keeper? :D
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  13. Tuisto

    Tuisto Arachnosquire

    I think i got my 1.5 dsl darlingi for about 15. The only difficult unboxing experience thus far.
    Ironic considering its a frequently recommended starter OW

    Love her tho, always out, highly visible burrow interior, great eater, pretty colors, cool horn and who doesnt love some webbing?
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  14. SonsofArachne

    SonsofArachne Arachnoangel Active Member

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  15. Tim Benzedrine

    Tim Benzedrine Prankster Possum Old Timer

    Yeah. Certogyrus is unique. That's why I finally broke my oath to not keep any OWs and obtained a C. marshallii. I'd always said that I might consider one of those if I ran across one for sale. I mean, there are lots of flashy tarantulas, OW and NW, but only one (to my knowledge) unicorn tarantula. I am hoping to attend an expo here locally, and I am pondering getting a second one in hopes that I'll end up with at least one female. At the time of purchase, I was unaware that males do not develop the prominent horn, so if mine is male it will be pretty disappointing.
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  16. CommanderBacon

    CommanderBacon Arachnoknight Active Member

    Oh wowww! that horn is intense. Yes, I suppose it could be much, much worse XD

    I actually wanted a C marshalli! I think their horn is cute and looks like a little witch hat. But no. I got the floppy witch hat instead D:

    I'd like to note they've molted 3 times since I got them and are both at about 1". They're monsters! I love them both.
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  17. Cavedweller

    Cavedweller Arachnoprince

    Huh, I didn't know the horn was a sex-specific trait either! FYI there is a NW horned species, Sphaerobothria hoffmanni. Perhaps not as well-endowed as some Certogyrus, but a unicorn spider nonetheless. I named mine Amalthea.
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