As a new addition to my rack, I’ve acquired one of our local beauties from an on-line seller. It was a fair trade for some of LotLot‘s slings. Nice meeting you Lan!
Here is my new female Phlogiellus baeri (Philippine dwarf tarantula).
The name speaks for itself. P. baeri is a small species of tarantula found in the Luzon part of the Philippines. Adults grow up to 2 inches DLS (diagonal leg span) and typically black-grey-brown in coloration.
It is your burrower type of tarantula so enough moist substrate is needed in order for it to build multiple tunnels as its respective hide and territory.
P. baeri is an old-world tarantula which means it is fast and I mean, really fast. But unlike the other old-world species, it is not aggressive and can be properly handled. Just give extra care when handling one because of its speed, there is a tendency for escape and injury (the spider not the handler).
Since I have no more extra acrylic enclosure and delicup, I decided to make this as her permanent home.
Then I added some moss peat so it will look more natural.
There is this certain delight in me regarding keeping local species in captivity. Beside that I can observe and study them better to understand them more, it is also a good start of conserving them. I just hope I can breed my P. baeri soon.
I should give her a name first. Whatyathink?