Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Toshi Molts

Toshi just molted and left us a copy of herself. This is the discarded exoskeleton.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

After Tank Cleaning

We don't handle our tarantulas much because we don't want to stress them. We do take the opportunity to take some photos when we have to handle them to clean their tanks. Here you see Chia one of the 8 female Texas Browns we have.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Chilean Rose

This is our new Chilean Rose tarantula. As her name indicates she has a lovely rose color. Her temperament is calm, therefore, it is possible to handle her gently. Because she is a female, she is expected to live up to 20 years.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

A contented life

This tarantula lives a contented life. She gets all the crickets she wants and a constant supply of water. She is a beauty.

Monday, August 13, 2007

In the Garden

This lovely garden spider lives in San Antonio, in my sister's garden. It is huge. So beautiful.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007


Keeping a specimen in a clear 3 liter plastic soda container allows us to observe from all angles. Here we see a tarantula with it's food, a cricket, just under it's fangs.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Closer Look

Now, face the camera and smile.


This jumpping spider is probably an older relative to yesterday's little one. Upon closer inspection we see that it is missing one of it's pedipalps and has eyes in front and around on the back of it's head.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

I See U!

Hunting on our patio rail this morning, was this intrepid 1 cm big mustached fellow. It was curious as to why I was following it's every move and looked up at me as if to say "I see u...back off!"

Saturday, June 16, 2007

"Come into my parlor..."

"Come into my parlor" said the spider to the fly. (We'll call it an arachnid fable.)

Thursday, June 14, 2007

This little one appears to have a surprised face on its abdomen. Like the kid from Home Alone. What fabulous long legs!

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Brown Widow?

This lovely creature is very dangerous, we found it just under the rim of our city trash can. It is a brown widow and like the black widow is poisonous. Google the brown widow for more information. I personally checked out www.247wildlife.com/brown-widow-spider.htm

The Male Tarantula

Some have asked for additional photos of the male tarantula. Since I don't particularly like to bother my tarnatulas I will just post another photo taken at the time we transfered him to his new home. Enjoy and if you have any comments please click the comments button and let us know what you think.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Male Tarantula

This handsome male was being transfered to a bigger container. He has a slender look as compares to the females and a darker body. It's pedipalps are swollen at the ends, indicating a mature male ready to mate. We will not be mating him for the moment.

Friday, June 1, 2007


Like mom always said, "Bush your teeth or you will lose them!" Mac doesn't think it applies to her. She molted and left us a beautiful set of fangs nearly 1/2 an inch long. She used her new ones to gorge on the 15 crickets I wrote about earlier.

Hairy Legs

Welcome to our blog. Mac is a beautiful Texas Brown Tarantula that has just gorged on about 15 crickets. We placed them in her tank, thinking she would eat about 5 or 6 then they would be safe for a while. No such thing she up-turned their hiding tunnels and ate every last one of them. She is so proud of herself.