Sam

Tarantula Keeping On A Budget

Tarantula keeping is a brilliant hobby, and picking up your first tarantula is a memorable day. However, when you look at other keeper’s pictures or videos, and they all have stunning glass enclosures full of plants, decorations, and cork bark, it can be off-putting, especially when you start adding it …

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Omothymus Schioedtei (Malaysian Earth Tiger) Care Sheet

The Omothymus schioedtei is one of the most under-rated tarantulas within the hobby, yet these remarkable tarantulas have a shy personality, but are still capability of delivering a nasty bite. They were first discovered in 1891 by Swedish arachnologist Tamerlan Thorell and assigned to his new genus Omothymus. In 1903 …

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Cyriopagopus Lividus (Cobalt Blue) Care Sheet

The Cyriopagopus lividus was one of the first blue tarantulas to hit the hobby scene due to its impressive colouration and feisty attitude. Even with more blue tarantulas catching hobbyists eyes, it remains a popular favourite amongst experienced keepers. They were initially described by Andrew Smith as the Haplopelma Lividus …

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Poecilotheria Metallica (Gooty Sapphire Ornamental) Care Sheet

Poecilotheria metallica is still one of the most sought after species in the tarantula community, due to their stunning colouration, size, and patterns. Reginald Innes Pocock initially discovered them in 1899 in Gooty, but then was never seen in that area after. It was only after their re-appearance in Andhra …

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Tarantula Substrate – What Is Best And What Should You Avoid?

If you’ve been in the hobby a long time, you’ve probably seen many different substrate options come and go in popularity over the years. What was deemed the best tarantula substrate a couple of decades ago is completely different to the majority of today’s opinions. It wasn’t uncommon to see …

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Blaberus Craniifer (Death’s Head Roach) Care Sheet

What I consider to be one of the jewels of my collection are death head roaches, which are aptly named for the skull markings on the pronotum of adults. The name Blaberus means “noxious” and craniifer means “skull”. These are striking roaches with jet black wings. Similar to the impression you get when looking …

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Blaberus Discoidalis (Discoid Roach) Care Sheet

One of my personal favourites is Blaberus discoidalis, also known simply as the Discoid roach. This species has long been mislabelled as death heads in many zoological reports, so you may sometimes hear people referring to them as false death heads. The scientific name is also occasionally misspelled “discoidales”, but the …

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Nauphoeta Cinerea (Lobster Roach) Care Sheet

Otherwise known as the infamous lobster roach, Nauphoeta cinerea is a climbing species. Adults have wings but are unable to fly in an upward motion. They flutter their wings to land safely in the case of a fall or leap. Smallest nymphs measure approximately 4mm by 2mm, and adults are 2.5cm to …

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Blaptica Dubia (Dubia Roach) Care Sheet

Blaptica dubia is also known as the Guyana orange spotted roach, or Dubia roach. Easy to care for, non-climbing, and sexually dimorphic, this is one of the most popular roach feeders used in both the reptile and arachnid hobbies. Smallest nymphs measure approximately 4mm by 6mm, and adults are about 4 …

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