In the beginning…

Hello Everyone! Welcome to my blog, arthroverts.org. I guess I should introduce myself, my collection and the reasons for this site. My name is Jessiah, and I have been keeping invertebrates seriously around two and a half years. I love all kinds of animals, but arthropods, reptiles, amphibians, and fish (both fresh and saltwater) are my favorites. ¬†I have bred several species of millipedes, and am working on breeding a few species of scorpions. I want this site to…

1. Glorify Jesus Christ our creator.

2. Spread his love, life and light.

3. Expand the hobby of keeping arthropods of all kinds.

4. Connect the world of invertebrate keepers.

5. Share my collection and experience.

6. And finally, help out other hobbyists in any way I can.

And now for my collection…

(None of the sizes are exactly spot on)

Grammostola porteri, Chilean Rose Hair, around four inches. This guy has escaped twice, once taking a tour of my entire room. That is a moth wing you see in the pictures, I fed him a large moth that he promptly took down and ate.

Tapinauchenius violeaceus, Purple Tree Spider, 1.5 inches. I love the genus Tapinauchenius, their so pretty, and their good eaters too. I also have a Caribbean Tree Spider (Tapinauchenius sp.), but he’s burrowed down into the substrate. He’s really beautiful though, I’ll try and get a picture when I can.

Mexican Red Leg, Brachypelma emilia, freshly molted. 3/4 of an inch. This guy is a finicky eater.

Curly Hair, Brachypelma albopilosum. Around two inches. Man, do these like to dig!

Chaco Golden Knee, Grammostola pulchripes, molting and post molt. This guy is skittish, and once bit a hair brush I was using to check his temperament! Not what I was expecting from a Chaco Golden Knee.

The molt in a defensive pose protecting the tarantula! Ha Ha.

Green Bottle Blue, Chromatapelma cyaneopuebescens. Two inches. This guy likes to kick bristles. So beautiful!

Now for some centipedes!

Tiger Centipedes, Scolopendra polymorpha. 4.5 inches. This first guy is vicious with prey, and likes to scare me by trying to jump out when I open the lid! The second one is about half the size of the first one. I caught him in Arizona, and plan on trading him with a friend for something else.

Common Garden Centipede, Lithobius forficatus. 1.5 inches. This little bugger I caught in Sacramento underneath a palm tree head, boy, when they are disturbed they can really go fast!

African Long Tail Centipede, Rhysida longipes. 3.5 inches. Sorry about the terrible picture, I’ll try and get a better one soon. He likes to dig down as soon as I open the container. Incredible elenogate terminal legs.

Scorpions Now!

I “supposedly” have a Pandinius imperator, Emperor Scorpion, that has dug down into the Eco-Earth in its cage. I got him soon after this species was placed on C.I.T.E.S. I was told it was bred by the brother of the owner. He is very docile and I am pretty sure he is an emperor. I’ll work on getting pictures soon.

Asian Forest Scorpions, Hetereometrus cyaneus, 3-4 inches. I had three of these in the bin you see in the picture below as a temporary enclosure until I could get them into a larger terrarium, then one was cannabalized, and then a couple of weeks later, the one that cannabalized the other was trying to kill the second one. I heard the noises coming from inside the cage and was able to rescue the second one and move it to another cage. The first scorpion you see is the one that tried to eat the other scorpion.

Here’s the one I rescued from the hungry scorpion.

Arizona Stripe Tailed Scorpion, Paravaejovis spinigerus (formerly Hoffmanius spinigerus). One inch. I have three of these, and are they defensive!

Time for millipedes!

I have six Oxidus Gracillis that I caught in my backyard, but I don’t have any pictures of them at the moment.

Scarlets, (Trigoniulus corralinius), Bumblebees, (Anadenobolus monillicornis) and Ivories, (Chicobolus spinigerus), plus Ebony morph. Various sizes and numbers including immatures. I have these all in the same two-and-a-half gallon aquarium with a glass lid. Right now there are baby millipedes overflowing out of the terrarium, so I plan on selling them when they get bigger. Below is the full enclosure. All the little white things are pedelings. I’ll get more pictures when I have a chance.

Below is an Ebony morph and two Scarlets mating (only one can be seen in the picture).

Various immatures of several instars.

Ivory and a Bumblebee.

Smoky Oaks, Narceus gordanus. Around four inches long, plus some early instar babies. This species sure likes to stay underground a lot! It took me a little while to get used to that. I really like the thickness of this species. The last picture is of one of the pedelings.

New Mexico Desert Chocolate millipedes, Orthoporus sp. “Chocolate”. 4 to 5 inches. I have two of these beautiful millipedes, which came from Belen, New Mexico. Sorry about the picture, that was when they were in their temporary enclosure. I’ll get some better pictures soon.

Philliphine Blue, Acladocricus sp., 1-1.5 inches. I got these cool millipedes from Orin McMonigle. I can’t wait until they grow to adulthood, with that spectacular blue of theirs. I just put some more substrate into their enclosure, so the photo of the enclosure isn’t completely accurate. The larger in the pictures is the male, the smaller the female.

Female

Male

Now for Reptiles and Amphibians!

We have an American Toad that I’ll get pictures of when I have a chance.

My brother also has a Corn Snake that we’ll get some pictures of soon.

Bumblebee Dart Frogs, Dendrobates leucomelas. One inch. My brother and me share these beautiful frogs that we keep in a planted vivarium. The plants are a Lemon plant and a Pachira tree. We used to have a Turquoise and Black Dart Frog, but it died because of a mold outbreak. We love these frogs!

The Lemon plant is the closer one, the Pachira the farther one.

Rosy Boa,¬†Lichanura trivirgata. Three-and-a-half feet. Male. This is the only reptile that I have personally (I’ll try and fix that soon, ha ha) and he sure is beautiful. I like how docile these are and their ease of care.

Well, that just about wraps it up. Hope you enjoy my blog! Till next time…..

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