Tue 07 Apr 2020

More Arachnids

Last Saturday I ordered the following four tarantulas with Fatbob's Exotics:

  • 0.0.1 Hapalopus sp Colombia big 3FH €5
  • 0.0.1 Heteroscodra maculata 2FH €4
  • 0.0.1 Psalmopoeus irminia 3/4FH €5
  • 0.0.1 Pterinochilus murinus RCF 3FH €5

Three of which were on the wishlist I made back in March.

I also ordered one scorpion:

  • 0.0.1 Chaerilus sp Java 2FH €6

Although the order added up to €25 and shipping was €7 I was asked to pay €31.

Psalmopoeus irminia just out of its vial
Psalmopoeus irminia just out of its vial.

This morning the order, shipped on Monday, arrived. After some shopping for containers, cork tubes, fake plants, and coco peat I started the rehousing of the arachnids as all animals were shipped in small vials.

Psalmopoeus irminia terrarium from above
Psalmopoeus irminia terrarium from above.

First, I prepared a terrarium for the Psalmopoeus irminia, an arboreal species, guided by a care sheet. Rehousing the small spider was easy. Next, I prepared a terrarium for the Heteroscodra maculata, another arboreal species. Again I used a care sheet for guidance. However, when I opened the vial to rehouse the tarantula I noticed that it was much smaller than the Psalmopoeus irminia, and for sure too small for the terrarium I just prepared. Luckily, I had a much smaller container, and used that one instead.

Pterinochilus murinus, red color form
Pterinochilus murinus, red color form.

Next, I rehoused the Pterinochilus murinus into a terrarium I had prepared using a care sheet for guidance. When I carefully tried to move the tarantula with a soft brush it attacked the brush. A common name for this species is Orange Bitey Thing; a play on the common name Orange Baboon Tarantula (OBT) for this species.

Pterinochilus murinus terrarium
Pterinochilus murinus terrarium.

For the final two arachnids I needed also a much smaller terrarium. So Esme and I went out again. First I went to a shop to buy two small cups with garlic sauce; the right size for the tiny Chaerilus sp. Java, a scorpion. We also bought a few additional containers in another shop.

For the scorpion I used some coco peat and a small piece of cork to provide a hiding place. For the Hapalopus sp Colombia I used once more a care sheet for guidance.

Snail terrarium with fake plants
Snail terrarium with fake plants.

As Alice and Adam had collected a bunch of snails at my mother's place last Sunday, I helped Alice with preparing a nice terrarium for their collection.

Terrariums and empty vials
Terrariums and empty vials.