Okay, this is getting out of control. In the search for more centipedes this weekend, Mike and I visited a reptile show. We missed the last centipede by about ten minutes, but instead ‘settled’ for a few new friends.
I don’t know if I mentioned it in the last creepy crawly post, but in addition to the two centipedes, there is also a tiny little Brachypelma albopilosum, or Honduran Curly Hair tarantula currently living in a pill bottle. She’s a voracious eater, and is named Sparkles. She burrows a lot, and is still a bit too small to capture with a camera, but here is a picture of what she will look like when she is older.
At the most recent reptile show visit, we collected a few more friends. My brother, who is strangely deathly afraid of spiders, wanted his own little “sling” (spiderling, that is) and so I picked him out a tiny one inch Costa Rican Stripe Knee. He’s named it Miss Cleo.
For myself, I splurged and got an Avicularia versicolor. They are known by a few common names, one of the most beautiful (and appropriate) being Blue Martinique Tree spider. They are amazingly colored, and can turn brilliant shades of green, red, blue and even purple later in life. Again, she is really small and can’t really be photographed, but the time will come. She’s arboreal, so she spins webs, and is out all the time for me to spy upon. I really like her, and she seems really calm, so I hope to be able to handle her one day.
I hope this is what the as yet unamed tarantula develops into. This next pic isn’t her, but it sure looks like her, in size and color…