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Dspdrew's Desert Tarantula (Aphonopelma iodius)

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#21 Offline Chicken_eater100 - Posted September 30 2017 - 1:44 PM

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wow, that is a long lived tarantula! I didn't realize they could live so long.

female tarantulas can live up to thirty years.

#22 Offline MegaMyrmex - Posted October 1 2017 - 2:01 PM

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Yeah if the tarantula was snall chances are you've got at least a decade left or so. They generally live around 20 uears or so.
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#23 Offline gcsnelling - Posted October 1 2017 - 2:26 PM

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The tarantula is still alive and well. She's dug her burro almost all the way around the bottom of the tank by now. I caught a male a few weeks ago near Desert Center and tried mating them, but I don't think it was successful. I think the male might still be too young. I'll keep him and continue trying.

 

I'll see if I can get some pictures later.

`If the male is sexable then it is not too young. More likely the female is not ready.



#24 Offline dspdrew - Posted October 1 2017 - 6:28 PM

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The tarantula is still alive and well. She's dug her burro almost all the way around the bottom of the tank by now. I caught a male a few weeks ago near Desert Center and tried mating them, but I don't think it was successful. I think the male might still be too young. I'll keep him and continue trying.

 

I'll see if I can get some pictures later.

`If the male is sexable then it is not too young. More likely the female is not ready.

 

 

Well I say that because it looked like the hooks on his legs were just too small to hook the females legs. He kept trying but they just kept slipping past.



#25 Offline dspdrew - Posted October 29 2017 - 4:55 AM

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Can anyone guess who my Tarantula's little arachnid friend is that I found burrowed down about an inch up against the glass?

 

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#26 Offline dspdrew - Posted October 29 2017 - 2:17 PM

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Velvet Mite

 

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I think I dumped a few of these in the tank a long time ago.


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#27 Offline nurbs - Posted October 29 2017 - 2:18 PM

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Dug up so many of these boogers while looking for pots that one year.


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#28 Offline dspdrew - Posted October 29 2017 - 2:19 PM

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'Pots. :lol:


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#29 Offline FeedTheAnts - Posted October 29 2017 - 3:52 PM

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Velvet Mite

 

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I think I dumped a few of these in the tank a long time ago.

Awwwww... It's kinda cute :D


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#30 Offline T.C. - Posted October 29 2017 - 10:18 PM

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Didn't know these were "a thing." Never have I seen a fuzzy orange mite. Lol

#31 Offline Rstheant - Posted December 18 2018 - 5:18 PM

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