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Nature Hike Find

Discussion in 'Invertebrate Pet Talk' started by Nastyjabs, Nov 10, 2016.

  1. Nastyjabs

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    Took the kids to the park down the street today to do some exploring. We recently moved from Chicago to LA so I'm still getting used to all the different kinds of insects and animals out here...and what a better way to learn than to flip over some big rocks. Anyways flipped over a rather large rock and found this guy huddled undeneath. After doing some research I found out that it's a Jerusalem Cricket or Potato bug. Talk about cool! we don't have anything like this back home in Chicago so this was a really cool find. I know this isn't tarantula related but I figured I'd share. as of now it's living in a small critter keeper hidden away in the garage till I get the coconuts to ask the wife if ilwe can keep it. it's probably around 2-2.25" long and fat as all hell. DSC_1221.JPG DSC_1219.JPG DSC_1221.JPG DSC_1219.JPG
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Wow, what a strange looking little guy.:)
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    Excellent find! @Hisserdude has several of those, he's been trying to breed them. Very cool little bugs.
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    I saw his post on the invertebrates forum...wish I would have seen that section before posting here. they're definitely a cool bug!
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    Very cool! Thanks for sharing :)
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    Very nice, it is indeed a Jerusalem cricket, Stenopelmatus sp. Very cool little critters, and pretty hard to breed. Keep it on several inches of coconut fiber and feed it dog/cat food and mealworms/roaches/crickets, these guys need lots of protein. Veggies can be offered as well but meat makes up the bulk of their diet.
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    VERY cool. When I'm in the SW I always look for interesting critters, but never find anything as like that. Nice find.
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    Thanks! just recently we've been going out looking for interesting finds. I'm really hoping to run into some vinagaroons or sulpugids but we probably won't find those unless we get out at night. This guy was definitely a nice surprise!
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    Thanks for the info, how often should I feed it? and I'll work on getting that backside photo today.
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    Just a word of advice/caution: Solpugids don't do well in captivity. They're best left in the wild (and I say this as someone who has many a kidnapped-from-the-wild arachnid in my house).
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    Thanks for the advice!
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    I feed mine about every three days, which seems to work nicely for them. Cool, can't wait to see the pic! :)
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    Here's the best I could do for pics I hope they're clear enough!
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    I guess it helps if I attach the images DSC_1238.JPG DSC_1230.JPG
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    Definitely a female, perhaps even an adult since the ovipositor is darkened at the tip. Also the substrate looks pretty dry, I'd keep the enclosure much more moist and give her plenty of substrate, who knows, maybe you'll get eggs! (Sure it's unlikely but you never know! :D)
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    Cool thanks for clearing that up! I'll be sure to spray it down a bit...and that would be sweet to end up with an egg sac!

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