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I haven't posted in a pretty long while, so here are some horrible man-eating (not really) spiders I've gotten recently:
(super hires version)
The little brown one has a 1.5" legspan, maybe 1.75", but it's going to molt soon (maybe within a week) and the big one is 3" if not slightly more in legspan. He's in pre-molt too (they stop eating is how you tell, plus if they have a bald spot it starts to blacken. the little one's looks like a big bruise now; that pic is over a week old), but he's got longer to go before that happens.
The little one has that bald spot because they flick their hairs as self defense or when they get nervous. At the pet store he was in a little dish-type-thing inside a big tank with a ton of other animals, which I'm sure he did not enjoy. He's pretty goddamn fat though, so at least they fed him well (plus he ate four crickets in three weeks under my care before he stopped eating).
That is all!
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Brazilian Whiteknee they're somtimes called. They can be handled if worked with young enough, but they typically are too fast and unpredictable for that. Yours sounds like the latter.
Yeah he's about 3.5", so yeah, too big for that. Whiteknee is probably the most often used common name, but this species has a shitload of common names. It's kind of absurd really.
He doesn't seem to mind me reaching into his enclosure to change his water dish though... at least he didn't pounce on my hand. For some reason he likes to sit on top of his hide too, rather than inside it.
I have a Costa Rican Red Rump (Brachypelma angustum) and roommate has an Indian Ornamental (Poecilotheria regalis). This may have been the vicous one you mentioned earlier. ;) We of course have many of the common ones too. If you get me a good shot of your first one I might be able to tell what it is.
Edit: I'm thinking it's a redknee...
Red Rumps are cool... most in the Brachypelma genus are in fact, and pretty nice, if not nervous. Mine (which I'm quite sure is a smithi now, since he molted a few days ago and is showing adult colors) seems nervous but hasn't haired me yet.
Yeah, P. regalis and any ornamentals are pretty venomous, but they're also really cool looking with those crazy designs on their bodies. The Gooty Ornamental (P. metallica) is bright blue, but expensive as hell. A 1" one will set you back $275 or more.
Here's a couple pics of the molt:
He gained quite a bit of size. Might even be a full inch.
And for you guys who want to get one, you can either wait for a reptile show to come to your area, or you could order some online. Most places will ship overnight for $20 - $30, and guarentee live arrival. You can pick up one or two fairly cheap depending on the species, and they're pretty easy to take care of. Just make sure the temp is above 70, make sure they have enough water (a water dish will suffice for most species), and toss in a couple crickets every week or so and you're all set. Good starter species are anything Brachypelma or Grammostola or Aviculara avicularia (Pinktoe) if you want an arboreal species.
Here are couple good dealers:
I'd read that the ideal way to hydrate a pet spider is to have a soaked sponge in the tank. It doesn't so much "drink" as it "inhales moisture".
EDIT: Hmm, apparently not. The American Tarantula Association (who'd a thunk) contends that even if you did find a sponge not treated with chemicals, it'd be more susceptible to bacteria growth than standing water.
Yeah sponges are a no-no. They also can't use that gel stuff that roaches and crickets eat since they can't get any moisture out of it. They can pretty much just drink water droplets from the side of their tank or off the substrate, but the dish's main purpose is keeping the humidity up if you have a dry house or whatever. Plus then you don't have to keep the soil moist.