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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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It has no commander,
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    and gathers its food at harvest.

 


#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


I accidentally froze all my ants 


#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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Update?

#32 Offline dspdrew - Posted November 8 2019 - 7:20 PM

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This tarantula died some time last year, but I got me a new one. :) StopSpazzing actually found it while we were out looking for Acromyrmex last month. Looks like a young female.

 

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#33 Offline Kalidas - Posted November 8 2019 - 8:15 PM

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I didn't know you also kept tarantulas! Such beautiful creatures, nice catch last month
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#34 Offline dspdrew - Posted November 16 2019 - 2:44 AM

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I redid the tank I kept my old tarantula in.

 

Here's the new tarantula tank.

 

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Now I'm just waiting for her to dig a burro. I'll be posting some pictures when that finally happens.

 

Amazingly, I found this guy still alive while I was dumping out the old setup. At first it looked dead, but after getting it wet, it seemed to slowly come alive. I just dropped him in the new setup.

 

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#35 Offline Zeiss - Posted November 16 2019 - 2:58 AM

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That's the cactus from your scorpion tank, right?



#36 Offline dspdrew - Posted November 16 2019 - 10:24 AM

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That's the cactus from your scorpion tank, right?

 

Yeah, I moved it.



#37 Offline dspdrew - Posted December 10 2019 - 11:16 PM

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Well putting the cactus in there was really stupid. The tarantula ended up getting stuck behind it and in the process of trying to get it out, it of course poked itself even more and then freaked out subsequently ripping itself open and drying. It was pretty sad.

 

I have now replaced the cactus with some much less dangerous succulents.

 

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One of them came with a little extra sprout of a totally different plant. We'll see if it actually survives.

 

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#38 Offline FSTP - Posted December 10 2019 - 11:37 PM

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Yikes Death by Ferocactus!



#39 Offline dspdrew - Posted May 20 2020 - 4:01 AM

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I still don't have another tarantula for this tank, but I hope to get one this season. The plants aren't doing to great either. I just watered the entire tank the other day and out popped my little mite. :)


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#40 Offline FSTP - Posted May 20 2020 - 10:46 AM

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nice, so now you have that huge tannk just to house a single mite.... I love it.







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