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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 9:21 pm Post subject: My Tarantula Collection Reply with quote

 Just  started  with  hobby  of  keeping  tarantulas.  I  had  this  fascination  of  keeping  these  creatures  from  long  time,  after  moving  to  SA;  while  I  was  searching  for  pet  shops  (out  of  only  aqua  interest),  I  stumble  upon  these  creatures  and  fell  in  love  with  them.
 
 Pretoria,  is  a  place  where  you  can  see  good  number  of  hobbyist  in  this  line  of  the  hobby.  I  immediately  started  reading  on  this  subject  in  order  to  keep  them  in  parallel  to  search  on  good  deals  on  the  tarantula.  As  every  newbie  in  this  hobby,  I  also  liked  "Mexican  Red  Knee"  (aka  Brachypelma  Smithi)  and  got  2  slings  of  these.  They  are  still  small  but  getting  bigger  after  every  molt.
 
 Immediately  after  getting  these  2  slings,  I  got  an  awesome  deal  from  a  hobbyist  who  was  relocating  and  I  got  2  sub-adults  1  Mexican  Red  Knee  and  1  Brazilian  White  Knee  aka  Acanthoscurria  geniculata)  from  him.  Following  are  2  pics  of  sub  adult  Mexican  Red  Knee.
 
 
 
 
 
 I  will  post  pics  of  other  tarantulas  in  coming  period.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 9:58 pm Post subject: Re: My Tarantula Collection Reply with quote

 wow  they  look  amazing  Smile  waiting  for  more  pics  xD
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:03 pm Post subject: Re: My Tarantula Collection Reply with quote

 Awesome  Adesh!  From  discus  to  cichlids  to  spiders!!!!  
 Lovely  collection!  
 By  the  way,  do  you  feed  them  BHM?  Chuckle
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:26 am Post subject: Re: My Tarantula Collection Reply with quote

 Wicked  ones!  Seen  some  keen  interest  by  hobbyists  in  the  UK.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 1:38 am Post subject: Re: My Tarantula Collection Reply with quote

 Good  to  see  another  tarantula  hobbyist..
 
 I've  been  keeping  them  for  a  couple  of  years  now...
 
 Acanthoscurria  geniculata
 
 Brachypelma  smithi
 
 Chromatopelma  cyaneopubescens
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 1:43 am Post subject: Re: My Tarantula Collection Reply with quote

 Are  they  poisonous?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:57 am Post subject: Re: My Tarantula Collection Reply with quote

 Yikes..  ready  to  Dog  any  time..
 Creepy  crawlies..  but  beauties   Smile  .
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:08 am Post subject: Re: My Tarantula Collection Reply with quote

 Tarantulas  have  huge  fangs  but  they  are  not  as  poisonous  as  widows.  Tarantulas  jumps  on  their  pray  and  stab  them  with  their  huge  fangs  and  holds  them  till  its  pray  is  dead.  Then  they  slowly  eat  the  digestive  juices.
 they  can  easily  feast  on  mice  or  a  small  bird.
 They  have  poison  for  smaller  creatures  but  not  so  poisonous  for  humans  atleast.  They  hunt  with  stealth  and  strength.
 Ladies  won't  faviour  them  if  you  want  to  keep  them  indoor.  Even  I  had  goosebumps  looking  at  them.  Reminds  me  of  movie  called  aracnofobia.  Crying or Very sad


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:22 am Post subject: Re: My Tarantula Collection Reply with quote

 Yeah.  This  one  is  a  female.
 The  females  are  huge  compared  to  males.  Males  will  some  times  die  while  having  sex  with  the  females.  The  two  small  front  legs  are  hollow..  called  pedipulps  I  think  which  males  use  to  carry  sperm.
 
 Spiders  and  pray  mantis  males  have  mostly  similar  fate  while  breeding.
 some  smart  males  will  hunt  and  give  it  to  the  huge  females  to  keep  her  fangs  occupied  while  he  can  peacefully  do  his  stuff.  While  the  female  is  happily  munch  on.  Chuckle
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:30 am Post subject: Re: My Tarantula Collection Reply with quote

 Adesh  
 Superb  ones
 
 @gatrox  Where  do  you  get  to  buy  them  in  Mumbai
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:07 pm Post subject: Re: My Tarantula Collection Reply with quote

 Good  that  I  am  not  a  spider..  could  not  have  done  so  many  scapes  then,  could  I?   ROFL
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:18 pm Post subject: Re: My Tarantula Collection Reply with quote

 Discusman   to  Spiderman.......Keep  going  Adesh......
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:54 pm Post subject: Re: My Tarantula Collection Reply with quote

 Lovely  collection  Adesh,  I  myself  have  fallen  in  love  with  these  8  legged  beauties,  hoping  to  keep  one  someday.  But  getting  one  in  India  is  really  a  big  deal  I  guess.  I  did  try  many  UK  sites  which  unfortunately  don't  export  them  to  India.  I  have  always  wanted  to  keep  the  Arboreal  Tarantulas  with  their  superb  agility  and  climbing  skills.  But  if  I  could  I'd  try  first  with  the  Chilean  Rose  variety  which  seems  to  be  much  easier  to  keep  even  perhaps  handle,  if  you  don't  get  hit  by  their  urticating  hair     Chuckle  ..lol.
 
 
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 1:12 pm Post subject: Re: My Tarantula Collection Reply with quote

 Brrr...  allergic  to  spiders.  I  get  skin  rashes  even  when  I  touch  cobwebs.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:17 pm Post subject: Re: My Tarantula Collection Reply with quote

 Thanks  for  the  replies  friends.  
 
 Swarendu  -  yes,  constrainsts  made  me  change  my  interest  in  hobby  as  well.
 Abhi  Da  -  that  was  nice  one.
 
 GatorX-  from  where  did  you  get  these  in  India?
 
 More  on  this  specie
 Basically,  these  species  reach  around  13cm  of  leg  span  once  they  reach  adulthood.  Mexican  Red  Knee  is  considered  to  be  one  of  the  most  docile  Tarantula  species  and  hence  newbie's  breed  to  keep.  Males  can  live  upto  3-4  years  and  females  for  around  20  years.  They  need  to  be  kept  in  23-25C  temperature  and  for  colder  areas,  there  are  heat  packs  available.  They  are  venomous  but  not  to  an  extent  of  killing  a  human,  their  venom  is  considered  to  be  as  venomous  as  bee  bite.  
 
 Currently  I'm  keeping  them  in  glass  cube  of  around  5x5x5"  in  size  with  pit  moss  as  substrate.  The  adults  are  being  fed  mealworms  (3-4)  every  after  4  days.  Uneatean  food  is  to  be  removed  a  day  later  immediately.
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