I purchased several containers in anticipation of the arrival of five captive-bred spiderlings, who, by the way, spent a week in the US Mail in mid-January….
Anyway, all arrived healthy and ready to go into an enclosure with appropriate food and moisture.
All five looked AWFULLY small in their new enclosures.
Knowing that small enclosures are essential for successful rearing of tiny tarantula spiderlings, I quickly reviewed Michael Jacobi’s overview of spiderling rearing and went off in search of two-ounce condiment cups with lids.
I stopped by O’Charley’s (who I had noticed has black cups with transparent lids during a previous visit), told them of my plight, and was promptly given five cups with lids.
Yes, Marian and I had dinner there the following weekend.
It was immediately apparent that the combination of black plastic cup, clear plastic lid with five evenly spaced indentations (perfect for puncturing with a dissecting pin), and readily available coconut fiber animal bedding were ideal for early housing and care of the spiderlings.
Lynne Kelly, author of Spiders: Learning to Love Them, asked that I post some images of how I’m rearing these youngsters. I do take for granted how broad a range of species we can work with in the U.S. relative to those in countries with more stringent regulations, like Lynne in Australia.
The next three entries will deal specifically with each species and the species-specific differences I’m observing.