Friday, January 30, 2015

January 29, 2015. A day in photos.

This is my favorite picture for today. This "Green Bottle Blue" has such rich color it would be hard to take a bad picture of her!

The photo below has not been altered in any way. This is exactly how it came off the camera. The female molted about two weeks ago and is approximately 26 months old. She has some of the richest color I've ever seen in a GBB.

This Psalmopoeus reduncus (Costa Rican Orange Mouth) 3-4" FEMALE was recently posted for sale without a photo, what a shame! She is so beautiful, although a little camera shy. I love her metallic gold carapace. 

There are a few taranutlas we're trimming from my personal collection as I need to make room for spring breeding projects. Here is one of them an ​Ephebopus murinus (Skeleton Tarantula) female. She is half-way between her baby and adult colors and was too pretty not to photograph.

Jamie's pet chicken (Ron Bird-gundy) wonders if that M. robustum tastes as good as it looks.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

G. pulchra (Brazilian Black) and A. eutylenum (California Ebony)

We have two breeding females of G. pulchra (Brazilian Black) and two of A. eutylenum (California Ebony). One Brazilian Black has been bred while both California Ebony girls have been paired. Both species are lovely, can you tell who is who? (scroll for the answer)

A. eutylenum (California Ebony) is pictured second/below. This female is one of our favorite spiders. We can see why many keepers of the species affectionately refer to their Ebony as "the poor mans Brazilian Black." Although the Ebony is native to California the species seldom available in the hobby. Despite the fact Ebony's are extremely hardy, like their look-alike Brazilian Black the Ebony is difficult to breed. We hope to see one of our females produce so others may enjoy this wonderful species.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

P. irminia / Venezuelan Sun Tger

Mother was clever enough to hide not one but two eggscs from us. We were quite surprised to see the web open and a wave of gorgeous and quite large second instar babies pour out. We quickly covered the ventilation holes of her adult enclosure with painters tape, so the babies couldn't escape. Rounding them up has been a challenge as mom is highly protective of her brood. These little guys are hefty at nearly one inch! Mother have given them a great start in life. Many have already eaten their first meal while others are still getting used to the idea of live food. To honor this very prolific P. irminia we now have her gorgeous offspring available at $18ea or $24 for the "special" (includes the P. irminia, enclosure and furnishings)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wanted: Your males!

Love is in the air!

Breeding season is in full swing here at Jamie's Tarantulas. Many females have been paired while some have already dropped an egg sac. We're looking forward to spiderlings in the spring!

We have little space in our "breeders room" so many specimens from my personal collection will be sold in order to make much needed space for this years breeding projects. If you're interested in a sexed juvenile or adult keep an eye on the website. All month long we'll be posing juveniles, adults and even some breeding pairs (at random) as space is needed** This is also time for our "want list" so if you have a male on the list drop us a line!

Will trade/store credit for these mature or sub-adult immature male:

*A. azuraklaasi (Powder Blue Pink-toe)
*. ancylochira/Sp. Peru
A. diversipes (Amazon Sapphire Pink-toe) immature males only
*A. juruensis (Yellow Babded Pink-toe)
*A. minatrix (Red Slate Pink-toe)
A. urticans (Peru Purple Pink-toe)
A. versicolor (Martinique Pink-toe)
*B. albiceps (Mexican Golden Red-rump)
*B. albopilosum (Mexican Curly-hair)
*B. auratum (Mexican Flame Knee)
*B. baumgarteni (Mexican Orange Beauty)
*B. boehmei (Mexican Fire-leg) Mature only otherwise immature males must be 5"+
*B. emilia (Mexican Red-leg)
*B. smithi (Mexican Red Knee) Mature only otherwise immature males must be 5"+
*B. klaasi (Mexican Pink)
*C. cyaneopubescens (Green Bottle Blue)
E. cyanognathus (Blue Fang)
*G. pulchra (Brazilian Black)
G. pulchripes (Chaco Golden Knee)
H. maculata (Togo Baboon) immature males only
*Iridopelma sp. recife
P. irminia (Venezuelan Suntiger)
P. metallica (Gooty Ornamental)
*P. ornata (Fringed Ornamental)
P. regalis (Indian Ornamental)
P. rufilata (Red Slate Ornamental)

*B. klaasi (Mexican Pink) freshly molted adults only

*May buy outright 

** Our sale list is always current and lists exactly what we have for sale. Thank you for not contacting us asking if we currently have, will have, or know anyone who has (your desired spider) available for purchase.



Friday, January 3, 2014

Jamie will be out of the office until Sunday 1/5

I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather the last few days. I have not spent much time out of bed as I’m sick with the flu. I rarely get sick but this one really put me out for the count. 

I realize I’m backed up on emails, I’m sorry I’ve not been able to keep up with the holidays and this flu sneaking up on me. I’m taking Friday and Saturday for myself to get well. I will read everyones emails on Sunday so we're up to speed ready to ship Monday. Orders will ship as scheduled.

If your question is urgent and you are in need of an immediate response please contact Jon.

Thank you for all the get well wishes! I just need a few more days I’ll be over it. Jon is doing a great job with the spiders and there have even been a few new eggsacs. Updates to come soon! 

Your patience and understanding is very much appreciated. We hope you had a Happy New Year!


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Let's celebrate family this Holiday Season

Euathlus Sp. Yellow (Dwarf Yellow Flame)

P. cambridgei says "get away from my babies!" Isn't that the face of a concerned mother?

Euathlus Sp. Red (Dwarf Chile Flame)

A. minatrix (Red Slate Pinktoe) with her offspring. I love this picture!

A. urticans (Peru Purple) siblings

P. rufilata (Red Slate Ornamental)

H. maculata (Togo Starburst Baboon)

A. diversipes (Amazon Sapphire Pinktoe) Sneaking a peak

B. smithi (Mexican Red Knee)

Monday, November 25, 2013

You are what you eat... and so is your Tarantula!

A question I am often asked is, “Jamie, why take the time to feed roaches fresh fruits and vegetables? After all, they are only going to be eaten by my tarantula.” The answer is simple. Similar to how we feel healthier when we eat well; the roaches will also experience health benefits- which translates to healthier tarantulas! There are a number of reasons the tarantula(s) should be fed these particular roaches:

1) The tarantula(s) can reach its full genetic size (remember, as mom would say: eat your greens to grow big and strong).

2) Undernourished tarantulas lack the vibrancy/coloring that their well-nourished counterparts exhibit.

3) It’s possible to increase growth rate, while decreasing the amount of food that the tarantula is fed. This is also why pet stores sell higher quality dog/cat food in smaller portions (the higher the quality, the smaller the portion sizes needed to ensure proper nutrition). 

4) Improvement in overall health. If you were to eat only junk food every day, you would most likely feel rather lethargic, stressed, or just plain blah! Same goes for tarantulas. A tarantula that eats organically fed roaches will be less stressed! 

5) Increased hydration. A well hydrated tarantula is more likely to have a successful molt. Tarantulas that are not adequately hydrated can die during a molt. 

Another question that I am frequently asked is, “Jamie, how do I ensure that my tarantula is receiving sufficient hydration?” That is a wonderful question. Oftentimes, people feed roaches to their tarantulas without forethought as to whether or not the roach itself is hydrated. One method of safeguarding against dehydration is to “gut load” your roaches prior to feeding them to your tarantula. Gut loading is merely feeding your roaches fresh fruit and vegetables ( versus roach chow alone) in order to maximize their water intake. I strongly believe that hydration is more important than relative humidity in the enclosure for a successful molt.

Above: Dubia roaches eating organic apple and organic cooked winter squash. They love it!

“But why buy organic?” Organic, or pesticide-free food is the highest quality food that you can provide your roaches. Pesticides are designed for one purpose: to kill bugs. Due to the process of bioaccumulation, pesticides will concentrate as they move up the food chain. What does that mean? Bioaccumulation and biomagnification are two processes that allow for the spreading of toxins from the environment to the first animal that consumes the toxins (bioaccumulation), or the concentration of toxins spread from one link in the food chain to another (biomagnification). “Ok, so how does that affect my tarantula if my roaches don’t seem to be bothered by any of the regularly grown food?” Your roaches may not become ill and/or die after consuming pesticide laden produce. However, once the roaches have ingested said pesticides, they will transmit the toxins directly to your tarantula; thus increasing the likelihood of an early death for your pet. I believe that DKS (Dyskinetic Syndrome) may be related to the usage of pesticide laden food. If organic food is not available in your area, an easy solution is to wash the produce with baking soda and vinegar, and remove the outer layer of the food item (if possible). There are also produce washes available in most grocery stores. Remember, pesticide residue will always be retained in non-organic produce. Additionally, it is important to avoid feeding your roaches non-organic lettuce (find a substitute). 

Due to the extensive size of our roach colonies; they are fed the “leftovers” in conjunction with organically grown produce - as my cooking scraps are insufficient to keep up with our roaches appetites. I doubt that my customers will experience a shortage of scraps to feed their roaches. When preparing your own food, you can easily save money on roach feed by feeding them the trimmings from lettuce, broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, and so on. Your roaches will love you for it, and in turn, so will your tarantula(s). Rather than spending the money to purchase our “complete dubia chow” (which accounts for 5-25% of our own colony’s feed), spend a little extra to purchase organic produce. It’s better for you, your roaches, your tarantula(s), and Earth. 

Above: Dubia roaches eating a mix of organic lettuce, bee pollen, olive oil, and yesterdays organic tabbouleh salad

Roach care and breeding:

Many roach species, including the ever-popular B. dubia (Guinea orange spot roach), will only breed in warm conditions. For dubia, the temperature needs to be above 68 degrees fahrenheit, or they will not reproduce. Though it may seem like a hassle - it is actually a blessing in disguise; as temperature variations can be used to control the population of your colony. Decreased temperatures in the overall environment can be easily overcome through the use of heat pads, or supplemental heating, if continued breeding is desired. 
B. dubia need relatively high humidity in order to breed and molt properly. It is imperative to keep the egg crate(s) dry; otherwise you are inviting mold, mildew, and mites to move in with your roaches! A problem that arises when you begin breeding your own roaches is, “how do you prevent an active colony of roaches from smelling?” A solution to this potential issue is to use lesser mealworms. These nifty little bugs will consume molts, deceased dubia, and other organic matter that would otherwise produce odor. Furthermore, lesser mealworms are harmless to live dubia. We include lesser mealworms with every purchase of a starter colony. Also, we provide these critters for free with the purchase of roaches when asked. If you would like us to include lesser mealworms with your regular dubia order, please indicate so in the notes upon check-out. Keep in mind: A healthy colony is one that you can’t smell! 

Lastly, I have periodically been asked how I feel about the use of Pet-Store crickets for the purpose of feeding a tarantula. Pet-Store crickets are designed to feed reptiles. Reptiles, unlike tarantulas, need large amounts of calcium. It is widely known that the crickets from pet stores are oftentimes dusted with even more calcium prior to being sold. If crickets are your only feeding option, I would suggest obtaining a “kritter keeper” (basically a housing unit for your crickets). You can begin feeding the newly purchased crickets fresh organic produce, such as: lettuce, broccoli, apples, bananas, oranges, etc., for a minimum of 24 hours prior to feeding your tarantula.