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paloma dwarf

Discussion in 'Field Trips (Natural Habitats)' started by josh_r, Feb 24, 2008.

  1. lostriverdoc

    lostriverdoc Arachnosquire

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    josh;
    Those are some beautiful pics. Here's a pic of my little one taken back in November.
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  2. josh_r

    josh_r Arachnoprince Old Timer

    very nice youngster! they are best when you get them at that size. i had a speck that i found when it was a neonate and it was the best captive ever!

    you are not at all far from the bright yellow blacktails. should be easy for you to find one in the next few months.

    -josh
     
  3. lostriverdoc

    lostriverdoc Arachnosquire

    Just got my Az. Game & Fish Wildlife Holders/ Exhibitors Lic. I'm looking to open an exhibit focusing on reptiles and arachnids of the desert southwest in Tombstone within the next month and hope to add a few more crotalus and native T's to the collection.
     
  4. josh_r

    josh_r Arachnoprince Old Timer

    very cool. let me know when as i can help you get specimens.
     
  5. lostriverdoc

    lostriverdoc Arachnosquire

    We're looking to be in there around the 1st week of April and spending the first couple of weeks building cages, displays and just getting ready for the busy season.
     
  6. Spike

    Spike Arachnobaron Old Timer

    Too bad you don't see a.paloma fs much on dealer lists... Bet they would make a great pet dwarf species.
     
  7. John Apple

    John Apple Just a guy Old Timer

    Yes They Would
    Hopefully this year there will be some captive born ones,,:clap: I also have it on good authority that the babies are rather large easy to raise lil'T''s
     
  8. hamfoto

    hamfoto Arachnoangel Old Timer

    Would be interesting to see if people can get CB sacs...they have a pretty specific yearly cycle.
    They are VERY cool spiders...

    Chris
     
  9. josh_r

    josh_r Arachnoprince Old Timer

    their yearly cycle isnt too specific..... actually not very at all. they are very easy to breed and raise in captivity. like john said, dont be surprised if there are some available in the very near furute ;)

    -josh
     
  10. hamfoto

    hamfoto Arachnoangel Old Timer

    Oh, I'm not saying that you can't breed them in captivity or that they're not hardy...just saying that their natural history (in the wild) is very cyclical with specific times of the year when you can find them and times you can't (per Dr. Prentice, Dr. Hendrickson, and Dave Moellendorf).

    Chris
     
  11. josh_r

    josh_r Arachnoprince Old Timer

    that is very true. that is only due to the harshness of the climate they live in. they are forced to. in captivity, they do just fine without it

    -josh
     
  12. Brent H.

    Brent H. Arachnosquire Old Timer

    Based on what Josh has told me (and as evidenced by his recent posts), these little guys are active much more than I thought. They likely have a highly abbreviated breeding season, but I was led to believe that burrows were only active for a month or so in November/December. It sounds like they are active almost year round, except for maybe a month or two during the winter and summer. Cool stuff!
     
  13. John Apple

    John Apple Just a guy Old Timer

    yes they are awsome spiders , legspan would fit on a half dollar
     
  14. hamfoto

    hamfoto Arachnoangel Old Timer

    Cool! Then maybe I will be able to find some this summer when I'm out there...I would love that!

    Chris
     
  15. josh_r

    josh_r Arachnoprince Old Timer

    yes, they are active longer than most people think. their activity varies on the temps that year. in warmer years, they tend to come out in late feb/ early march. this year, they didnt come out until mid/late march. they came out about 3 weeks later than they normaly do. they seem to remain very active intil late april/early may and seriously reduce their activity during the hot summer months. it seems they are not active during the monsoons months. i believe they plug their burrows as they are typically found in flat ares near or in washes. they tend to resume some activity after the monsoons. but by far the best time is late winder/ early spring. remember, this is my observations for the species in the sonoran desert. it may not be dead on as i have not gone out to look for them consistently throughout the year. i should though and take some good notes.

    -josh
     
  16. josh_r

    josh_r Arachnoprince Old Timer


    i dont think that is paloma actually. i think this is the unnamed dwarf that is also found south into mexico. the urticating patch and body structure is a bit off. hair structure is off as well. very cool spider though
     
  17. Very cool little spiders. I've been looking for mygalomorphs myself, with no luck, yet, though I live in Southern China. I think that the dwarf breeds are interesting and I think there's a lot more to find, even in places people think as being well-researched. I'm in an extremely under-researched area and I don't trust Chinese biologists. Like Josh said, learn by flipping. :cool:

    P.S. Do you blokes usually go "hunting" by yourself or with a club? I'm all alone in my interest over here. Chinese freak out when they see a Huntsman, let alone anything larger or a Scolopendramorpha, and, even if they don't, they would think it mad to actively search for them. :(
     
  18. josh_r

    josh_r Arachnoprince Old Timer

    when i go hunting, it is usually with ONE other person. very rarely is it with a group. i tend to never go alone just incase something happens, there is a second person there to help
     
  19. lostriverdoc

    lostriverdoc Arachnosquire

    I had this one in a small container with a screened top. The little one escaped just a few days after posting that pic through a small hole in the top that I didn't even notice. Today I got a call from my wife while I was @ work to tell me that one of my son's found her in the room next to where we keep all our reptiles and arach's" alive and healthy". When I got home I placed her in a more secured home with a hide and water dish. She took a nice long drink from the water dish and settled in. I can't believe she has been found alive after nearly two months. She is my favorite T. and I am unbelievably happy she is back.
     
    Last edited: May 7, 2008
  20. josh_r

    josh_r Arachnoprince Old Timer

    oh man! thats a relief!! yes, that is a very cool species! i need to get me some of these. i has a few like 3 years back. shoulda kept them.

    -josh
     
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