I found this Ranitomeya uakarii tadpole dangling from a Costus amazonicus today. I’m not sure how it ended up here as I check the tank daily and this tadpole looks to be about 10 days old. My best guess is that this Costus grows so fast, the egg was laid in a newly formed leaf and then the leaf unfurled and the egg ended up at the newly horizontal leaf tip. But, no way to know for sure!
Ranitomeya uakarii have have only been legally available recently through Understory Enterprises, although in the past the pressure on wild populations due to smuggling is estimated to have been low. Their range is rather large, and they have been found throughout the Amazon basin in southern and central Peru, western Brazil, Colombia, and central Guyana. They are a more terrestrial species of Ranitomeya, but will utilize vertical space in a terrarium, especially if there are tall broad leafed plants. In my […]
This is one of the most widely distributed jumpers in the US, and commonly referred to as the ‘Bold Jumping Spider’. Males reach 6-13mm, and females 9-18mm. The one below was found in my house, climbing on the walls. Immediately when put into a jar with two crickets, she hunted and consumed them both within a few hours, and her girth doubled. This one has particularly nice blue chelicera.
I’ve not been keeping this species for long (only a few months), and was horrified to notice one day that my male had developed what looked to be a severe eye infection in his right eye. Just a day prior, all had looked completely normal. As I write this, it has now been almost five weeks since the onset of the infection and it has cleared completely and he seems to have recovered good vision in the right eye. Below […]
This jumper is common in California but occurs throughout the PNW and SW. It is harder to photograph than many jumpers as it likes to constantly be hidden. Photographing this spider on a leaf, it quickly scrambled to the opposite site or in a folded crevice of the leaf. In captivity it is easy to keep, and makes very strong webs which it sleeps in and stays in for most of the day, coming out only to hunt. After catching […]
This is a female Phiddippus adumbratus from California, collected by a friend who finds them on crates of grapes. In the comments section, Matt suggested the rotting grapes attract flies and other insects, making finding prey easier. And climbing out of her terrarium, Here she is guarding her nest web, with newly hatched slings. The first clutch had approximately 50-60 individuals, and this one looks to be about the same. This spider is kept in a gallon glass jar with […]