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    Default Introductions!

    Hi all,
    i'm James, oddly enough, and i'm new to the board.
    i've been into arachnids for a few years now (Emperor scorpions), and tarantulas since the convention of 06 in Birmingham, when i got a couple Ceratogyrus Darlingi's...oh how i loved them! alas, they were male (one was marketed as female and i didn't then know how to sex), and they both passed on.
    my current collection of invertebrates is
    5 Emperor scorpions
    5 Millipedes (three kinds, can't recall the exact names now)
    2 Chilean Rose sub-adults
    1 Curly Hair
    1 Suntiger subadult

    of course, i'm not satisfied yet...i wanted a Trinidad Chevron as well as a Redleg...plus saw a really nice giant Centipede at the convention that seemed quite active. also, a colony of whipscorpions wouldn't go amiss!

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    From one newbie to another welcome!
    Have heard of a few people that keep millipeeds, but not sure they are quite to my liking. I also want a red leg, but then I want all the Brachypelma species!

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    i'm with you there...i'm also interested in the Aphonopelma genus as well. all the docile ones are great, though i've no issues with nervous or aggressive spiders. i loved my C Darlingi, afterall!

    i love my millis! i'd recommend them to anyone. they're easy to feed as they eat old to rotting vegetables, which can mean fruit flies...but not if you keep on top of it.
    they're inquisitive and docile animals, once they get over their initial shyness, and the sensation of their hundreds of legs walking on you is quite cool!
    i say they're docile, but one was chewing on me yesterday. not sure why it thought i was a plant, but at least it didn't hurt more then a minor scratch!
    the only thing to check on is the number of mites they have. i've often heard that they have a symbiotic relationship with "helper" mites, but they can apparently be irritated by them if there are too many.

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    Hullo!

    Nice collection. I fully expect to see it expand rapidly.

    Nice starter species, too. My first two were a pair of Trinidad Chevron slings, raised to adulthood with few hiccups. I was surprised when I heard people talk about their aggression and unsuitability as beginner tarantulas.

    I've thought about millis, especially after seeing the impressive variety at the BTS show. But with everything else I bought, I'll have to see if I have the space...

    And yes: the Brachypelma genus can be addictive.

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    Hi james and welcome.

    Like you, we keep milipedes and have the Giant african (for one of the common names) we have two sharing a 4ft x 3ft x 2ft enclosure with three whites tree frogs in a mini "ecosystem". with the addition of about 50 or so woodlice we dont have to "clean out" very often as the waste products from each gets eaten by the next one down on the list as it were.

    This is the place for gaining info and others experience in the tarantula hobby, if you feel like you're ready for your next T, post in the classifieds or bulletin board and i'm sure someone will answer you. dont forget the shops that post here too such as the spidershop and tarantulashop, in my opinion better priced and better quality than your usual local pet shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin D Wilson View Post
    ont forget the shops that post here too such as the spidershop and tarantulashop, in my opinion better priced and better quality than your usual local pet shop.
    I'll second that, my local pet shop's trying to flog a 4cm B Smithi for 55, a 10cm P Murinus for 55 and a 10cm T Blondi for 65...

    I told him I'd give him 50 for the lot (more than anything to take them away from the appalling conditions they're currently residing in) but no joy.

    His response was "someone will pay that price for them"... nuff said!

    Oh and welcome James!

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    Hello and welcome. You do have a nice collection there and it will grow as mine and my daughters has done. I also keep scorpions (3 Emperors, 1 Arizona Desert and 1 Flatrock) but no Millipedes at the moment. Our spider collection now totals 12 but 6 of those are my daughters and 3 belong to one of her workmates, but when she moves into a new flat her Ts will go with her which will leave a bit of room for me to expand my collection.

    My daughter used to get her Ts through her work but I've bought the last 3 from The Spider Shop and have had excellent service from them. As far as pet shops go, from my limited experience I don't think they keep them in the right environment, so I probably wouldn't buy from one.

    I've learnt so much from everyone here and they're all so friendly, so for any advice etc you've come to the right place.

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    Cheers! nice to meet you all
    thanks much for the advice regarding the Spidershop and Tarantulashop. i'll definitely check them out in the near future!
    yeah Warren, i saw a few at the convention...one was looking rather poorly, although she was a large specimen. she wasn't holding herself up right, and her abdomen was a bit small...the other options were some unsexed subadults...and silly me i didn't take the risk on getting males...i mean so what if i do? could try breeding! and they were a tenner each.
    oh well! you live and learn, and thankfully there are these online shops you guys have mentioned!
    i fully agree with the comments about petshop conditions, quality and prices...i've seen some spiders at ridiculous prices in shops i've come to think are not ideal for the animals... best to support the humane alternative.
    Helen, i did see a nice flatrock scorpion at the show...but didn't go for it at the moment. one day i'll probably expand my scorpion collection, but i'm content with my Emperors for now! even though they're stroppy!

    Collin, that set-up you have with the millis is fascinating!! i have mine in a smaller tank at the moment, but may have to increase the size and try my hand at a miniecosystem like you have! that's amazing. i'll see about collecting some woodlice in the next few days as well. any advice about making sure the woodlice are safe to go into the tank?
    also, is there truth to the "helper" mite stories i've heard, or do you de-mite your milli's entirely? i'm thinking that might be best if i'm going to have two other types of animals in there...

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    Hi James and welcome to the forum

    Elaine



    Give me all your Avics !!!!!

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    James,

    The woodlice i use are gathered from my own garden (pesticide free and wild !!!) and also remote areas of woodland and /or forest (again ascertained as free of chems)

    The helper mites (if kept under controll) are just as they say...helpers that clear up bits and bobs from mouthparts legs etc. BUT if the numbers get too great they can become an annoyance and cause stress so i get the millipede on a flat surface and use a cotton bud with vasaline (petroleum jelly) on it and wipe off the majority being careful not to clog up the "Breather holes" along the flanks of the milli.

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