The first of the group of arthropods I received from Ken the Bug Guy on September 5, introduced in “Maintaining captive solfugids… A losing battle?”, molted yesterday. Brazilian blacks tend to be expensive, and I hadn’t planned on getting one for that reason. I purchased this individual using the gift certificate Carol Lombardi and I won in last year’s American Tarantula Society photo competition.
It’s been an easy feeder so far and is quite tractable. I certainly now understand why they command the premium prices that they do!
As spiderlings and juveniles, they are avid burrowers. Relatively long-lived, they may reach up to 7″ in length. Females may live up to 30 years, while the lifespan of males is much shorter. At this point I haven’t been able to find very much definitive regarding male life span.
As usual, I took the freshly molted exoskeleton to a table and prepared it for gender determination. I was disappointed to find this individual to be a male. Nonetheless, we’ll enjoy him while we have him.