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23 Feb 2020

Invertebrate Show

In the morning my brother came to pick us up in order to visit the Invertebrate show in Harmelen. Alice wanted a giant African snail, Adam an Asian forest scorpion, Heterometrus petersii, and I wanted a tarantula, Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens, and the following 3 scorpion species:

  • Orthochirus innesi
  • Liocheles australasiae
  • Lychas marmoreus
Alice holding a giant African snail, Archachatina marginata var. ovum
Alice holding a giant African snail, Archachatina marginata var. ovum. Photo taken by Esme.

Soon, Alice was holding her first African snail, which actually was not for sale. Later, she was holding a large millipede.

Heterometrus petersii in its terrarium
Heterometrus petersii "poison berry" in its terrarium.

After looking around for a while it was time to start buying. First, we bought Adam his scorpion, a Heterometrus petersii, which was according to the lady who sold it to us one instar away from adulthood. We paid 10 euro for the scorpion. Adam named it "poison berry".

Next up was Alice, who settled on an Archachatina marginata var. suturalis, for which we paid 20 euro. She had decided to name it "London".

Heterometrus petersii under black light in its terrarium
Heterometrus petersii "poison berry" under black light in its terrarium.

Next, was my turn. I had already found sellers of Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens, the Green Bottle Blue tarantula. Each had one specimen albeit a very young, and hence, very small one. I had also found sellers of Orthochirus innesi, a tiny dark scorpion species. But, I had no luck with finding the other two scorpion species for sale. So I settled on one tarantula, 14 euro, and one scorpion, 35 euro.

Orthochirus innesi in a plastic cup
Orthochirus innesi in a plastic cup.

After I had bought some other things: two UV flash lights, two forceps, cuttlefish bone, coco peat, a water dish, sphagnum, and meal worms, my brother Marco took us to the city of Zoetermeer so we all could have lunch.

Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens on thumb
Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens on my thumb. Photo by Marco.

After the pigeon incident; Adam managed to scare one into a shop where it ended up in the window display sitting on top of a shoe, Marco drove us back home.

Archachatina marginata var. suturalis eating a piece of apple
Archachatina marginata var. suturalis eating a piece of apple.

Back home we prepared two terrariums for the new pets of the children; each a large plastic box we bought yesterday at the Action shop nearby.

For Adam's terrarium we used a deep layer of coco peat I had bought at the same shop and we put a small layer of coco husk chunks on top, also bought at the Action shop. We also added a large piece of wood for the scorpion to burrow under and a bottle cap to provide access to water.

For Alice's terrarium we used the coco peat I had bought at the invertebrate show. Alice put a thin layer of sphagnum on top and added the water dish. I added the cuttle fish bone and the snail had a new home.