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Cleaning the office

Monday, September 19, 2005 | 0 comments

In the evening Esme needed the computer, so I decided to clean the "office", or to be more exact: the shelves with books, papers, boxes, and two terraria. I also decided to move the big Mexican tarantula spider (Brachypelma vagans, male) to the big terrarium, and the small Mexican tarantula spider (that looks like a Costa Rican tiger-rump) to the small one.

Juvenile Mexican tarantula spider drinking from a bottle cap.
Juvenile Mexican tarantula spider drinking from a bottle cap.

The small tarantula spider was hiding in its burrow, yet I decided to get it out, and transfer it to a small plastic container: the big tarantula, an adult male Brachypelma vagans, really needed more space.

Juvenile Mexican tarantula spider drinking from a bottle cap.
Juvenile Mexican tarantula spider drinking from a bottle cap.

One of the first things the small tarantula did after I put it in its smaller enclosure was drinking water from a bottle cap. Earlier today I saw the other tarantula, species Brachyplema vagans, doing the same.

Brachypelma vagans, hiding
Brachypelma vagans, hiding

The Brachypelma vagans decided that the piece of wood under which the small tarantula used to burrow, is an excellent place to hide underneath.

Juvenile tarantula against glass.
Juvenile tarantula against glass.

Later I saw the small tarantula climbing against the glass and took a few photos.

Anyway, around 2 o'clock I decided that enough was enough. Everything was rearranged in a nice way, and even though we got more boxes then ever (scanner, vacuum cleaner), I somehow managed to hide a lot of stuff from view.

I checked up on my scorpions, and discovered that "Pavel" had died. This was an adult Centruroides flavopictus, so I guess it died of old age. Last year, around this time, another adult male C. flavopictus (Tina), died, so I guess this gives me a small peek into the life cycle of the scorpion species that live on the roof of our apartment in Xalapa.

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