Wednesday, March 5, 2014


Last Friday, I stopped by one of my favorite reptile shops to pick up some crickets for my mourning geckos on my way home from work. I wasn't feeling very well and almost decided to pass on the shopping excursion to go straight home, but I felt guilty making the lizards wait another day to eat so I sucked it up and went. As I was pulling out my wallet to pay for a handful of pinheads, a small container in the display case caught my eye. In a flash of orange, black and white, I had to blink a few times to make sure I was seeing what I thought I was, and I had to read the label twice to make sure my imagination wasn't playing tricks on me. Alas, I was definitely seeing things correctly -- I was looking directly at a sub-adult female Brachypelma smithi, you know, the tarantula I've spent months looking for.

Since I started seriously looking into getting another tarantula about six months ago, I've been extremely firm in what I wanted as well as extremely unlucky in finding it. I've stumbled across a total of three Mexican Redknees in the last six months -- two were unsexed spiderlings and the other was a fully grown female selling for close to $400 I didn't have to spare. But right there in the display case was a female juvie priced rather modestly at $150 -- and it just so happened that I had received exactly $150 in birthday money just two days before. Score!

Needless to say, the decision to purchase this little lady took all of 0.002 seconds, though I did ask for permission to hold her before handing over the cash. She was a little skittish coming out of her container, but sat nicely in my hands and didn't try to kick hairs or rear up at me. In the past few days, I've gotten to know her pretty well and have successfully transferred her into a temporary setup until I can order a nice acrylic enclosure from Jamie's Tarantulas. She's extremely docile -- though she gets spooked rather easily -- and I've named her LunaTone. Yes, I'm aware this is the name of a rather unfortunate looking Pokemon, but it's also the name of one of my favorite Tiger Army songs, which happens to be her actual namesake. 

I can't wait to share more photos of this sweet spider as she gets bigger! She looks deceptively large in photos. In reality, she's only about 1/3 of her adult size right now, and will get much, much bigger in the years to come. Those pretty bands of coloring on her legs will also get brighter and more pronounced with age.

I know many people aren't exactly fans of spiders, but if you're following along with my blog I hope you can at least appreciate how much I already love this little arachnid and how excited I am that she's mine. I've had acquaintances make some fairly crude comments about her and past spiders I've owned on Facebook and in person, and while I can respect that everyone is entitled to their own opinion I find it rather inappropriate when people refer to my pets as "gross" or threaten them with bodily harm. In other words, if you don't have anything nice to say, go read a different, tarantula-free post :) Thanks!


  1. I will admit I tend to have a very visceral reaction to spiders, but reading your posts about them has changed my mind for the better, so... thank you for opening my mind. :)

    Your new pet looks beautiful, and I hope she lives a long, happy life!

    1. Thank you! I know it's natural for people to be a bit scared of spiders, but tarantulas really are pretty sweet and misunderstood creatures. Glad my posts were able to help someone see that :)


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