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Brendan Stent
30-03-08, 08:23 AM
Hi,
The reason behind this one's name will be obvious after seeing the clip. It is believed to be a Selenotholus species but is yet to be confirmed, it will be a good one to get breeding and into the hobby if we can find it a mate.

YouTube - rattlesnake tarantula

Cheers
Brendan

Tom Forman
30-03-08, 08:49 AM
well i don't agree at all.

That geezer on youtube is just annoying his Tarantula.

If I want to go see something cool, I don't want some loser poking his Tarantula half to death.

just my opinion but I hate it when people go out to the pet shop in the intension of buying an animal and be cruel to it.

It happens all the time and this Tarantula would be the prime target for such people.

It should only belong in the hands of that person who would purposefully try not to make his T do the rattlesnake move instead of other way round.

Brendan Stent
30-03-08, 09:47 AM
well i don't agree at all.

That geezer on youtube is just annoying his Tarantula.

If I want to go see something cool, I don't want some loser poking his Tarantula half to death.

just my opinion but I hate it when people go out to the pet shop in the intension of buying an animal and be cruel to it.

It happens all the time and this Tarantula would be the prime target for such people.

It should only belong in the hands of that person who would purposefully try not to make his T do the rattlesnake move instead of other way round.

Well you are entitled to your opinion but the loser geezer as you called him is actually me and for your information I have discovered several new species been the first to breed some and was not "poking" the spider. I was demonstrating a trait that is very distinctive for this species and was something I noticed immediately when I found the specimen and it performs this rattle at the slightest disturbance. I am a licenced collector and seller here in Australia and I have refused to sell spiders to people that I did not believe were buying them for the right reason.
Oh and by the way that is the only specimen I know of in captivity and I have no intention of making it available to the public. All new species I have have been made available to members of the Australian Tarantula society first to ensure there is a viable captive bred supply before I make them available to the general public.

Colin D Wilson
30-03-08, 10:52 AM
Although i think your sentiments for the tarantula are admirable, and of course you are entitled to your opinion, I think you may have jumped the gun a little here Tom if you don't mind me saying (and please dont take me the wrong way).

Brendan is recognised in Australasia as a successful keeper, breeder and discoverer.
I have watched the video and, myself, don't consider there being any unneccessary agrovation, just a little persuasion to show the stridgulation techniques of this particular tarantula, which to say the least, are unusual.

Our personal levels of "mistreating" (for want of a better word) animals vary greatly, and it's nice to see people on the defensive for the good of the animal, in this case it was just a little scientific demonstration for people to marvel at the inovative attributes of a particular species.

Regards

Colin

Tom Forman
30-03-08, 04:59 PM
sry if I "jumped the gun" on you brendan.

Sry bout my language too...

I will just crawl away hissing now.

I do like that Tarantula but you can understand my worry of it beeing mistreated cause of it's cool defense behaviour.

So where is it from originally?

Brendan Stent
31-03-08, 10:14 AM
That's OK
I do try my best to inform those that obtain T's from me about them, I have even given talks to the local pet shops at their request on care etc.
As for it's location, it comes from an area of central Queensland that receives less than 15cm of rain annually and I don't elaborate on it more than that for obvious reasons.
I will try to be a little more active here so people get to know me a little better.
Cheers
Brendan

Colin D Wilson
31-03-08, 10:47 AM
I will try to be a little more active here so people get to know me a little better.

Yes mate, that would be nice.
Be prepared for a few questions from members on here that keep your indigenous species though :)

Brendan Stent
31-03-08, 08:01 PM
Yes mate, that would be nice.
Be prepared for a few questions from members on here that keep your indigenous species though :)
Bring them on

matthew taylor
10-11-10, 03:26 PM
man you dissed mr stent ,bad bad man ,think of the stents birdeater and who found it ,nice if you do come on here brendan ,mat

Christian Elowsky
10-11-10, 03:57 PM
So "rattlesnake" tarantula is an Australian native, correct? How odd to see a common name coming from an animal which does not occur with the other! I thought a few had legally been imported to the US, I am just not up on this genus, although I should be with such a great display going for it.

matthew taylor
10-11-10, 05:27 PM
the thing is ,rattlesnakes are not just found in the us christian,im no expert,and see where you were coming from ,mat

Christian Elowsky
10-11-10, 06:12 PM
Nope, but I don't believe they're found on Australia either. It's interesting not only that they get that common name, but that they also use that noise as a warning. I'm completely ignorant of all the fauna, maybe others (reptiles?) use the same noise as a warning? Or maybe many animals recognize that noise as a warning regardless if anything native is making it or not? Or maybe, and this is my attempt at humor, there is a rattling kangaroo?

Brendan Stent
15-11-10, 07:59 AM
I just gave it that as a common name at the time due to the unusual sound as I did not want its name to relate even remotely to its location as I am sure it would be targeted for collection. It is a dwarf species and I have a theory as to why it may have evolved this way but will wait until Dr Raven has released his work and it will most likely be a new genus.
Just on a footnote I have successfully bred this in captivity and they are very small around 8-10mm at 2nd instar and around 20-30 in an eggsac around 15mm dia.
very flighty to breed took me many attempts using several males over several females and only produced 2 eggsacs of which one was eaten.
A new link to a video of this T
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fY31B6KKlg
Also how do I remove the ATA president from under my name?

Neill House
15-11-10, 05:01 PM
Superb Brendan! They look great as well.. One of the Admin will do it for you I think (the title removing)

Dave Grace
10-12-10, 12:12 PM
Bonkers in a word!!! do you yet know how it is making the noise? Obviously it hasnt got a rattle stuffed up under its jumper !!

Alonso Tolentino
13-12-10, 07:21 AM
do you yet know how it is making the noise?

Well, I think that is not a mystery at all. What the tarantula (I will call her "she") is doing is called stridulation. It seems like she has some kind of stridulatory organ on the prolateral face of the chelicerae (stridulatory organs can occur on different appendages and surfaces). So, when she quickly rubs her chelicerae against each other, the stridulatory organs (probably a patch of setae or rows of spines) produce that "noise".

Dave Grace
13-12-10, 04:57 PM
Hi Alonso,
so its pretty much making the noise, in the same way crickets chirp, fascinating!

Nick Masson
02-02-11, 12:11 PM
No sign of the video anymore? :(

Zoltan Mihaly Lestyan
02-02-11, 08:55 PM
No sign of the video anymore? :(
The other one Brendan posted still works for me:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fY31B6KKlg

There appear to be a few other videos of this spider on YouTube, just run a search on "rattlesnake tarantula".

Regards,
Zoltan