Your Ephebopus cyanognathus experience

MissHarlen

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Hello

I am interested in getting an E. cyanognathus and I'd like to hear what any of you have to say about this species. What was your experience like caring for one? What is their temperament like? I know individuals vary but I'd love to have an idea what I'm getting myself into.
 

RJ2

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they are not OW, it's a pet hole most of the time. def worth having in a collection, their color change though age is pretty cool, and the chelicera are super sweet. Fast to retreat, but will throw threat if you go poking around their burrow too much. They like deep substrate, and make a sweet turret, web a good amount.
 

mconnachan

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they are not OW, it's a pet hole most of the time. def worth having in a collection, their color change though age is pretty cool, and the chelicera are super sweet. Fast to retreat, but will throw threat if you go poking around their burrow too much. They like deep substrate, and make a sweet turret, web a good amount.
My mistake, you're 100% correct, NOT OW's, my geography was about 2,000 miles off, anyway fast defensive species, beautiful but rarely seen as their fossorial....
 

keks

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I think, my Ephebopus cyanognathus is not a normal one. It is out all day and only when I touch the box it bolts into the hide. It has no burrow, but a clump of moss were it hides, there are some corridors in with web.
Still it lives in a cricket box, and I wonder how it will be when it is large enough to rehouse.
 

the sith witch

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My E. cyanognathus was one of my first Ts (got really interested in its colors), but I'd read threads and saw videos of it, so I knew I'd end up getting a pretty, easily spooked and damn fast pet hole. It also has the annoying habit of creating cricket hide-outs at the mouth of its burrow every. damn. time (even though it IS a sweet turret :D). I'm lucky that I pre-dug its tunnel so I can sort of see it through webbing at the bottom of the pot it's in. Otherwise, I can see its toes when it is hungry and that's it. And they vanish real fast the second it senses vibration near the shelf it's on.

Rehoused it twice, first time I ended up taking the tube web out and putting it in the new enclosure because it wouldn't budge at all, tried flooding and a paintbrush. Nope, it was staying put! Second time couldn't grab the tube and found it in the last cubic inch of dirt at the bottom and used the bag method to prod it in its next home slowly. Never gave me a threat posture or tried to bolt out on me. But unless you're are lucky like keks, don't expect to see the blue fangs much. Still glad I have one, just wish the damn hoarder would clean up its molt stash at least once so I could sex it ><
 

korg

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This is a great species and I really recommend you pick some up if you're interested. I've raised them from sling to adult a few times and definitely think of them as one of my favorites. Very beautiful (especially as slings and juveniles; the iridescent colors tend toward brown with maturity and the blue fangs can turn more purple), very quick, generally shy, and great eaters. They're native to the tropical forests of French Guiana, and I keep mine on moist substrate in a well ventilated enclosure with plenty of depth. Females generally reach around 4-5" and the MM are slightly smaller. Here's one of the two slings I have at the moment after its most recent molt... around 1.5" DLS:



They grow very quickly, so don't expect them to remain slings for long. I kept a growth log on one of my males few years ago if you'd like to get a general idea on that front: http://arachnoboards.com/threads/growth-log-with-feedings-e-cyanognathus-from-2i-to-mm.265836/

Enjoy!
 

viper69

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Hello

I am interested in getting an E. cyanognathus and I'd like to hear what any of you have to say about this species. What was your experience like caring for one? What is their temperament like? I know individuals vary but I'd love to have an idea what I'm getting myself into.

I've raised quite a few. This is one of the most beautiful species you'll rarely see. Of all species I've owned I'd say this one is the most easily spooked. Never owned a more nervous T. Extremely fast too. They make nice tunnels, and are very good eaters.
 

The Grym Reaper

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This is one of the most beautiful species you'll rarely see.
Yep.

To the OP:

Pet holes
- Slings sometimes behave arboreally but they will eventually burrow, when they burrow the most you'll see of them is their feet when hungry or when you rehouse.
Good eaters - Never turn down a meal unless in premoult.
Stupidly fast - Honestly, nothing prepared me for how fast these things bloody move.
Temperament - Extremely nervous, if mine is poking its legs out of its burrow entrance then they will disappear back inside at the slightest disturbance, not really noticed any defensiveness but that could change as it gets bigger.

I got this one as a 2cm sling back in January and its about 2 inches now (pic taken during rehouse, it tried to run away but luckily I was doing the rehouse in a 2ftx3ftx2ft bin so it stopped in the corner)

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ThisMeansWAR

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This is one of the most beautiful species you'll rarely see.
This. I had a sling that I saw one or two times over a period of two months until I found it dead at the mouth of the burrow. I had all the requirements down but it still passed before I got to know it. I guess pet holes might be an acquired taste but I'm too impatient to only see some tarsi now and then.
 

Walker253

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All I can say is I have one. I never see her. She's kicked 2 molts out of her burrow and she eats pretty good. Wish I could say more.
 

jaycied

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They're pretty. I've had 2 with vastly different personalities. Jolly hid all the time in her burrow she made of webbed moss and substrate, but every time I opened the lid on Lolly's enclosure she'd run straight out and/or around in circles on the mouth of her container. I don't keep them anymore due to the somewhat psycho pet hole tendency (I like more display spiders).

That being said they were among my prettier spiders. As slings and juvies I love the yellow banding on the legs and green little butt.
 
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