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Michael
03-25-2008, 09:11 PM
Hi all,

I've been very busy lately so i've been putting off some regular maintenance on my T's (and not visiting the boards often, or else i would have got in on Ollie's guess the number of baby scorps game:() well, as a result I found springtails in the water dish of my C. lamanai (Belize cinnamon), as far as i know they are harmless to T's but i took some pics i thought some of you may find interesting, here they are:

http://img412.imageshack.us/img412/6240/img0210lk0.jpg

http://img404.imageshack.us/img404/252/img0199lu8.jpg

http://img258.imageshack.us/img258/206/img0201gt6.jpg

Enjoy!

Alberta Bred Geckos
03-25-2008, 09:24 PM
I was actually wondering what the heck a springtail looked like! I saw them on a few feeder supplyer websites. Thanks!

Neil
03-25-2008, 09:28 PM
I'll bet your 'lil A.bicoloratum will be all over those!I've been giving mine them damn fruit flies that gather around the 'ol Lady's Guniea pig cages before she cleans them.

Michael
03-25-2008, 10:13 PM
the thought did cross my mind Neil, but i actually think these would be to small for that A. bicolor, all those pics were taken with my macro lens and that last one was using max zoom (480x) but i have heard of people using them as feeders for mantids and some true spiders.

Neil
03-25-2008, 10:22 PM
You guys and your fancy pants cameras,you get me every time, lol.

fullofquestions
03-25-2008, 10:23 PM
lol i know i need me a good cam like that :(

Tarantula Canada
03-28-2008, 05:06 AM
I posted this in another thread, but since it is relavent here too I will repeat it...

We find that letting those little critters (springtails, non-parasitic mites, etc) thrive in a terrarium has benefits for the tarantulas. The non-parasitic/scavenging mites, for example, eat the eggs of parasitic mites, so risk of parasitic mite infestations is reduced. Mites and springtails also feed on the leftovers of the tarantulas (the small pieces that you cannot see to pull out) which helps to keep the terrariums clean.

When it comes to “uninvited guests”, our philosophy is “If it is not hurting or attaching itself to the tarantula, just leave it.”

Volantis
03-28-2008, 02:52 PM
hey where can get some of those from?

Tarantula Canada
03-28-2008, 05:39 PM
hey where can get some of those from?

Well, we get them for free in the potting soil we use for substrate :rolleyes:, but you can also buy springtail cultures from a few suppliers. One I know off hand who has them is Canadian Feeders (http://www.canadianfeeders.com).

Alberta Bred Geckos
03-28-2008, 05:39 PM
I know Canada Feeders has them, not sure who else if you need them shipped.
http://www.canadianfeeders.com/index.html

EDIT: TCanada beat me to it lol posted at same time lol

Tarantula Canada
03-28-2008, 06:42 PM
EDIT: TCanada beat me to it lol posted at same time lol

LOL, I guess great minds think alike!:D

Alberta Bred Geckos
03-28-2008, 06:46 PM
Yea I was rather surprised to see how much canadian feeders has for variety. I don't think I know of any other (Canadian) feeder suppliers that have springtails.

Tarantula Canada
03-28-2008, 08:05 PM
Yea I was rather surprised to see how much canadian feeders has for variety. I don't think I know of any other (Canadian) feeder suppliers that have springtails.

We raise a lot of feeders at our place, but we still have to buy crickets in bulk. We have been dealing with Canadian Feeders for a little over a year now, and I highly recommend them: nice people, good prices, great selection, and healthy stock.;)