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Ollie
12-27-2007, 08:13 AM
My mature male Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens, Green Bottle Blue

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e90/Meidinger/untitled9-2.jpg

Close up of one of his "hooks"

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e90/Meidinger/untitled10.jpg

Theraphosa blondi

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e90/Meidinger/untitled8-2.jpg

Chilobrachys fimbriatus, Indian Violet

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e90/Meidinger/untitled2-13.jpg

More to follow.........

Raeb and Eada
12-27-2007, 08:17 AM
WOW! The "Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens" is BEAUTIFUL! I have to admit...I don't like spiders generally, but that is one wicked looking one!

Ollie
12-27-2007, 08:21 AM
Pterinochilus murinus, OBT, showing a little bit of attitude probably because of the pink cage!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e90/Meidinger/untitled7-2.jpg

Close up of the attitudes

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e90/Meidinger/untitled6-3.jpg

Avicularia veriscolor recently molted

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e90/Meidinger/untitled4-7.jpg

One more of the A. versicolor

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e90/Meidinger/untitled3-10.jpg

Ollie

Ollie
12-27-2007, 08:23 AM
WOW! The "Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens" is BEAUTIFUL! I have to admit...I don't like spiders generally, but that is one wicked looking one!

Yeah, they are one of my favorites. Unfortunately because he has matured, he doesn't have much time left in this world. He's going to be shipped to Quebec in January hopefully to mate and produce a few hundred young GBB's.

Ollie

Raeb and Eada
12-27-2007, 08:25 AM
What sort of lifespans do they have??

Ollie
12-27-2007, 08:52 AM
What sort of lifespans do they have??

The females of many species will live for 10 or 20 or more years in captivity. The males mature sooner than the females and rarely live more than a few months to a year and a half after maturing. This particular male is about 2.5 years old.
In the wild the mature males roam extensively in search of a female thus exposing themselves to many dangers. Then, after or during mating, the females often attack and eat the males. Very rarely a mature male in captivity will last long enough to try molting again but this is rarely successful and usually ends with the males death. Being a male tarantula is not a wise career choice!

Apryl
12-27-2007, 10:49 AM
They look amazing! Even though the blue is a great color, (don't laugh) the last one looks like she has a certain grace to her. A definite show piece.

How do you deal with the attitude? Is that kind of tarantula gernerally a little touchy?

Ollie
12-27-2007, 12:15 PM
How do you deal with the attitude? Is that kind of tarantula gernerally a little touchy?

OH Yes, these are very touchy. OBT stands for Orange Bitey Thing and they are feisty. You have to treat them with a great deal of respect and be prepared for anything.
I have handled this bad girl with no ill effects but I have to admit that my courage was boosted by a few beers. I don't think I'll do it again! My son was with me at the time and all he could say was "You're freaking crazy! over and over again.:D

Ollie

Neil
12-27-2007, 12:51 PM
There is a girl in the club that has a Pterinochilus murinus that is tame as a puppy dog! She was walking around the show a while ago with it on her hand! I couldn't believe it ,they are renowned for their bad 'tudes!

Alberta Bred Geckos
12-27-2007, 01:40 PM
LOL Great pics, wouldn't catch me holding one :) I like to look, but I don't think I'll ever get into the holding part of T's lol Very cool, too bad that the male doesn't get to live long, great coloration!

Melanie
12-27-2007, 04:46 PM
Nice collection you got there, the mature male is really vibrant!