Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Paraphysa parvula


A few weeks ago, Z came home from work and surprised me with this little beauty as a belated anniversary gift. She's a Chilean Gold Burst, or Paraphysa parvula, and as of yet she doesn't have a name. I want to name her Annabel Lee in keeping with my Tiger Army tarantula theme, while Zack wants to name her Zib. For now, we just call her the little one, because she looks so tiny next to Lunatone. She's only got a legspan of about 3" and from what I've read, she won't get much bigger. She's super skittish and fairly fast, so I haven't even attempted to handle her yet (and likely won't unless I have to). I had honestly never even heard of this species before Zack brought her home, so I've really been trying to learn as much as I can about them. Unfortunately, there seems to be limited information online, likely due to the fact they're not a very popular species in the hobby. It's been kind of fun just watching her and seeing how she acts because she's so much more active than Lunatone. I'm not quite sure what to expect as she gets bigger, but I'm really hoping the gold on her carapace and legs will get more vibrant.

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