Fri 07, Aug, 2020
Xenesthis sp. White – Colombian Lesserblack Tarantula

Xenesthis is a tarantula genus primarly inhabiting the forests of Colombia and Venezuela in Southern America. Scientifically speaking, the tarantula genus Xenesthis is in need of a in depth revision covering both already described species such as X. immanis (Ausserer, 1875) and X. intermedia Schiapelli & Gerschman, 1945, but also focusing on apparently new species such as the herein presented X. sp. White. As opposed to the dwarf species of tarantula we found up north – Aguapanela arvi – this one belongs to the bigger tarantulas on the planet. On our trip to Colombia a few years back we were able to […]

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Mon 29, Jul, 2019
How To Care For Pink Toe Tarantula in 2019

you read this title and think: “why is he calling them pink toe tarantulas” and why “in 2019”, is it really any different than in other years? Certainly not. Well, not for all of as at least. Keeping Pink Toe Tarantulas alive, scientifically known as Avicularia, is not something everyone has a high success rate in. Especially when you are living in a very humid or arid environment the urge to keep a Pink Toe Tarantula in captivity can result in a early loss of the specimen if you’re not well prepared for the husbandry of Avicularia species. Important Points […]

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Thu 13, Dec, 2018
Typhochlaena seladonia - adult breeding pair
Typhochlaena seladonia – Breeding the Jewel Tarantula

Typhochlaena seladonia is one of the most beautiful and most sought after tarantula in the world. Period.  This dwarf tarantula with the lifestyle of building trapdoors on trees is truly amazing and unique within the family of Tarantulas (Theraphosidae). In this episode, we visit Andreas Brunner from Germany who is successfully breeding this tarantula species called Typhochlaena seladonia and film the breeding of this species. Due to the success of european breeders, the species behaves very well in captivity and further poaching of this tarantula species in nature is no longer needed. Typhochlaena seladonia is available for everyone who has the necessary cash, since […]

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Thu 01, Nov, 2018
Cobalt Blue Tarantula | Haplopelma lividum from Thailand

The team is in search for the Cobalt Blue Tarantula, Haplopelma lividum, in the central region of Thailand. Watch the team finding male and female tarantula specimens of this nicely blue colored tarantula species from the genus Haplopelma. We certainly had a great time finding this outstanding species and we were really happy to have find this tarantula in such great conditions. This species of tarantula is known to be quite defensive when kept in captivity. Due to illegal poaching please make sure to only obtain captive bred spiderlings of trusted breeders, don’t buy adults of the Cobalt Blue Tarantula […]

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Thu 19, Oct, 2017
Ecuador – Avicularia hirschii found in a special retreat!

Adult male in search of females Our team was lucky enough to find this elusive species of the genus Avicularia two times on our trip through Ecuador. First encounter was a mature male wandering the tree trunks at night. Without further webbing found, this male was actively searching for females to mate. Avicularia hirschii vs. Avicularia lynnae Avicularia hirschii is easily recognizable by its black stripe along its opisthsoma in juvenile specimens and adult males and females. With the newly described Avicularia lynnae, things are getting a little bit more complicated regarding this unique optical feature of the species of […]

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Sat 08, Nov, 2014
Thailand – Lonely Chilobrachys sp. Khao Sam Roi Yot

In March 2014, we were able to travel to Thailand for three weeks. On our way from Bangkok to southern Thailand, we stopped near a forest and looked for the typical Chilobrachys burrows in the ground and roadside embarkements. Luckily we spotted one big hole within several minutes. Because it was so easy to find, we thought that there must be more – and so we continued searching in the whole area for other Chilobrachys burrows. After a couple hours of searching, we decided to go back to the first burrow and see whats in there.             […]

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Fri 05, Sep, 2014
Colombia – Yellow unknown dwarf theraphosidae

Colombia seems to be a good place for new, unidentified tarantula species! Reto found another small specimen on his trip, a dwarf species with yellowish hair all over their body. After a little search underneath the dense vegetation on a roadside embarkement, he was able to spot several burrows of this beautiful species. There was no patch of urticating hairs visible on it’s opisthosoma, so it’s not clear to which subfamily this species belongs to. Due the lack of collecting permits he was not able to take any specimens for further investigation. The females found were all around 2,5cm bodylenght, so […]

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Fri 27, Dec, 2013
Argentina – special days in the Yungas

Subtropical, mountainous primary rainforest – that’s what the Argentinians and Bolivians call the Yungas. It’s a special climate zone with a huge biodiversity, nothing I have seen before. It’s get as cold as 8 degree celsius at night but the vegetation looks like tropical rainforest, just slightly different and of course the air is much cooler. There is always the picture in peoples mind about tarantulas only occur in tropical regions, like brazilian rainforest or some deep forest in Thailand, the Yungas showed me that our beloved theraphosid spiders are very adaptable and made it to colder regions on earth […]

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