wild caught T's

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How many people have caught wild T's for their collection, what types, and how r they adapting to captivity
 

octoo

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I have a female 4" Aphonopelma seemani that was wild caught, but spent over a year in captivity before I got her. She seems well. She's very active at night, loves to climb and sit in her dish, eats well, and she is now going through pre-moult... which is something I haven't experienced with her yet.{D
 

metallica

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maybe it is better to reverse the question... how many people are sure all the spiders they have are CB?
 

cheetah13mo

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I have personally caught three A. hentzi and I plan to catch more. Mate them and return some of them back from where I found them. They seem to adapt just fine. I don't think T's in general care just so long as they are provided what they need to survive. I don't think they realize anythings happened.
 

Mushroom Spore

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I don't think T's in general care just so long as they are provided what they need to survive. I don't think they realize anythings happened.
This. Obviously the actual catching and transport and new environment freak them out, just like they'd freak if they were picked up and moved twenty feet in the wild and then put down again. But my only potentially wild-caught T, the standard petshop G. rosea, seems to be just fine and doing normal rosea things...which is to say, doing absolutely nothing. :)
 

Bothrops

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All my WC T's are very healthy and very well adapted to captivity.

A friend of mine always catches T's from the wild (from a field that belongs to a friend of him), and they adapt pretty well. They eat and live healthily for years and years.
 

ShadowBlade

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I don't think they realize anythings happened.
As long as environmental conditions are stable, and such a short distance is traveled they probably don't realize much of a difference.

But WC from places like Central and South America, the temp shock and travel can sometimes be beneficial by stimulating sac laying in gravid WC females. But if poorly shipped followed by improper care, they seem to go into 'shock' and never recover.

-Sean
 

spider_fan

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I'm pretty sure my G. rosea is WC, and she is nice and calm most of the time but occasionally she gets real jumpy.
 

Talkenlate04

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I have a few WC...... G rosea and two Haplopelma lividum, as well as my asian fawn........ they all are adjusting just fine, oh I have one WC blondi as well. But as I already mentioned I have never had a problem with them. But I still try to buy CB before I buy WC.
 

cheetah13mo

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This. Obviously the actual catching and transport and new environment freak them out, just like they'd freak if they were picked up and moved twenty feet in the wild and then put down again. But my only potentially wild-caught T, the standard petshop G. rosea, seems to be just fine and doing normal rosea things...which is to say, doing absolutely nothing. :)
I've plucked them right out of the ground and all three of them did nothing. Transporting them was nothing because of the way I pachaged them up, I think. Like I said, I've actually dug them out of the ground and they all acted like they had been handled before. No reaction and no thread of any kind so in my experience, they were not freaked out when I picked them up or moved them.
 

Anastasia

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I'll be carful, some are infested wit parasites like mites
and may have internal parasites also, the ones u can not see
 

NeitherSparky

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My one and only t, a 4-5" female a chalcodes, was WC. Her butt was *really* bald, and it is a docile species, so she may have been mishandled/otherwise greatly stressed when captured. But she seems fine in her tank. I dunno if she "doesn't care" that she's in a captivity or not, though.
 

aliceinwl

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All my Ts are wild caught and seem to have adapted fine. With some, I've caught them and put them in a deli cup for transport, given them a few minutes to settle down and then dropped in an insect and had them eat. All of the Ts I've caught have been ravenous and readily accepted the first meal I offered them even if they were only captured minutes before. I personally captured all of my wild caught Ts or received them from friends, however, so I know that they were not subjected to the rough treatment that many of the Ts commercially collected for the pet trade are.

I've read about the use of things like gasoline to flush tarantulas such as T. blondi out of their burrows as well as horrible packing and shipping conditions. These will take heavy tolls. Also many middle men, petstores, etc receiving wc Ts will not provide them with a proper habitat which can exacerbate existing problems and lead to knew ones. I think that problems with wc Ts are more often than not due to abuse and injury than failure to adapt to captivity (provided they are given the proper habitat).

-Alice
 
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