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  1. Tortoise Tom

    Time For A New House?

    This guy usually spends time huddled under its bark. I didn't realize how much it had grown until I came in late one night and saw this: I've got a nano tall ready and waiting for this little beauty.
  2. Tortoise Tom

    LOOKING FOR BULK SLINGS

    I've got 180 GBB slings. All 3rd or fourth installs now. Where are you? I'm in SoCal.
  3. Tortoise Tom

    Brachypelma auratum

    I have not observed this behavior in any of my other Brachypelma including vagans, albiceps, hamorii, smithii, albopilosum, or boehmei. Yes, they do climb around sometimes, but the auratum alone are almost always up on the decorations or the walls. I've tried experimenting with wetter or drier...
  4. Tortoise Tom

    Brachypelma auratum

    My two B. auratum tend to stay off the substrate and climb around the top a lot. I've not found much about the natural history of this species, but I wonder if they are more arboreal than some of the other tarantulas in this genus. Even if not technically "arboreal", maybe they simply seek...
  5. Tortoise Tom

    Requested by Casey K.... a few of my falconry birds over the years

    Yes. Yes I am. Flying two juvenile male Harris' Hawks right now, and getting my female redtail ready for hunting season as we speak.
  6. Tortoise Tom

    Feeding my gbb... overfeeding?

    What size sling and what size prey?
  7. Tortoise Tom

    Unboxing 5 Greenbottle Blue slings & Rehousing

    My female GBB just produced 182 slings. I just fed them all for the first time yesterday. The feeding response at that size and age is amazing! I've been trying to learn how best to ship them out, and your video was helpful. I have also received tiny slings in those same type of vials, but...
  8. Tortoise Tom

    I'm Officially a Tarantula Breeder Now

    These are green bottle blue tarantulas. Chromatopelma cyanopubescens. Both sexes are gorgeous from the time they are babies until they die of old age. Great eaters. Easy keepers. Heavy webbers. One of my favorites.
  9. Tortoise Tom

    Exterminating!

    Indoors in summer the ants are looking for water and somewhere to escape the heat. Terro ant baits work great. The hard part is you have to wait for an invasion, or make one by leaving some food out on the floor, and then put the bait station in their path and leave it alone. As hard as it is...
  10. Tortoise Tom

    Exterminating!

    Don't! It won't work anyway. Believe me, I'm no hippy, but spreading toxic pesticides all over your place simply doesn't work and does a lot of harm. The ants are underground, so the vast majority of them won't be reached, and the ****roaches will come right back as soon as the toxicity level...
  11. Tortoise Tom

    I'm Officially a Tarantula Breeder Now

    I took some close ups tonight. I timed how long it takes me to do the feeding and watering. About 1:30 for every four cups. That will be about an hour and ten minutes. Not as bad as I thought.
  12. Tortoise Tom

    I'm Officially a Tarantula Breeder Now

    In the time lapse segment you were dumping a baggie into the small tub. What was in the baggie, and how were you getting the food into each cup? Thanks for the videos. How will I know when they are ready? Judging by their feeding reactions today, they seem pretty ready now!
  13. Tortoise Tom

    I'm Officially a Tarantula Breeder Now

    So I've begun the long process of feeding all these little beauties in their little individual cups. First: HOLY BATSH*T ROBIN!!! Every single one of them ran over, all the way across the enclosure in some cases, and snatched up their first roach as if they've been doing it their whole lives...
  14. Tortoise Tom

    I'm Officially a Tarantula Breeder Now

    Id like to sell them all, but I have to admit, I'm pretty ignorant about how to pack and ship them. I've certainly received a bunch of them, but I'm a bit nervous to try it without some supervision and guidance from someone who knows what they are doing. I pack and ship tortoises all the time...
  15. Tortoise Tom

    I'm Officially a Tarantula Breeder Now

    Yes! I practically did NOTHING. Wait... I actually did nothing. The spiders did all the work and that male is still snatching food as if his days are not numbered. Mom is eating good too!
  16. Tortoise Tom

    The weapons thread.

    And that is why no one wants to post their gun pics on a public forum... :) Well... almost no one...
  17. Tortoise Tom

    I'm Officially a Tarantula Breeder Now

    182 babies. Man, that was a lot of time and work. I ran out of AMAC boxes , but luckily I had a whole case of 16 ounce deli cups with wire lids sitting there.
  18. Tortoise Tom

    I'm Officially a Tarantula Breeder Now

    Here she is when I first got her a year ago:
  19. Tortoise Tom

    I'm Officially a Tarantula Breeder Now

    Put them together a few times weeks ago and never saw any action. Someone here suggested leaving the male with her overnight, so I did. Came back in the morning and he was still alive and well, so I put him back in his own enclosure. He's still eating like a champ to this day. A few days later...
  20. Tortoise Tom

    Meet Doodlebug (Flying Bomb)

    I hate it when they grab them backwards!
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