New Invertebrates!

Hello Everyone! I have got some new stuff and new pictures over the week! I’ll start off with the tarantulas. I got some new pictures of my Grammostola pulchripes, Brachypelma albopilosum, and Brachypelma emilia. Here’s some pictures of the freshly molted Grammostola pulchripes….

I always have trouble getting him to eat, it seems like he/she eats four of five crickets, stops eating and waits a month, then molts. Frustrating.

Brachypelma albopilosum dancing to the tune of cricket cries for mercy….

Brachypelma emilia sling starting to look like the adult a little. He’s/she’s starting to eat again, so thats a relief.

The first thing thats new is a Brazilian Red Head Tarantula, Bumba cabocla, thats around 1/4 of an inch. I’ve been wanting one of these for a little while now, so I was pretty happy when this one didn’t sell for a little while and I was able to get it. I got him from a friend who owns a Reptile/Invertebrate store (seriously, he has more invertebrates than reptiles).

Now, I got some pictures of my brothers corn snake, which is a Hypo Het morph. This guy got out once and terrorized my family, before we found him in a hallway, two days later, slipping and sliding around on the smooth floor. Anyway, here he is….

I got some better pictures of my millipedes as well. My pedelings are doing really well, with some around 1/3 of an inch now. The largest pedeling and two of the Bumblebees below.

Two of the Scarlets (the other one is in the left center of the picture, its mostly buried)

One of the larger Ivories

I snapped some pictures of my Desert Chocolates (Orthoporus sp.) in their new enclosure. They put a sizable dent in the rotting log I put in their cage. I measured the largest one and it was about 5.5 inches long. Wow! In the future I would like to get some Desert Golds (Orthoporus ornatus, “Gold”) to go with them.

And the Oxidus gracillis, or Greenhouse millipedes, with a small plant growing in their enclosure.

And now for my newest addition, 10-12 Therea petiveriana! (More commonly called White Spot Domino Roaches). I have been wanting to get roaches from the genus Therea for a little while now, so it was really a blessing when my friend got some Domino roaches in for his shop. He got these from Bugs in Cyberspace, and had been originally wanting to start a culture, but changed his mind after he ordered them and sold them to me. I bought them for Bugs in Cyberspace starter cultures going price, and didn’t even have to pay shipping! What a Blessing! I plan on breeding these once they mature, so hopefully I’ll be able to raise them successfully.

The enclosure….

Here is one of the larger nymphs, all the others are hiding or underground. Can’t wait till they mature!

Thats all for now! See you next post!


In the beginning…

Hello Everyone! Welcome to my blog, 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.



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…..