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Smokehound714
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PostSubject: A couple of new specimens..   6/4/2013, 6:57 am

Cant get a good shot of this nervous solpugid..


Im guessing it's of the family ammotrechidae, though the weird angle might not show the face properly..


it could be an eremobatid, I'll have to get better pics.



Caught a younger specimen of the (presumably) same species, not pictured, it has taken to captivity alot better than the other one.


And a beautiful Schizocosa Mccooki I collected, along with a small male. Extremely fast, i dont like holding her because I'm afraid she'll rocket off my hand and land under my foot. O_O When she gets bigger, that should change.





This species of schizocosa does not seem to burrow, and possibly only silks up to molt, neither of my specimens have laid down silken retreats, from my experience, they seem to prefer taking shelter in rodent burrows, hanging from the top of the entrance at night, waiting for prey to wander beneath them, then they pounce. I captured both by taking a small stick and moving it past them, inciting a predatory response, in which they latch onto it like a facehugger. They were easy to collect, and make GREAT captives. They don't get quite as big as hogna, but they still get quite large, with a body length of over 2 inches possible.
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PostSubject: Re: A couple of new specimens..   6/7/2013, 2:32 pm

Neat wolf spider! I had a Schizocosa Avida, and they do molt on a silk line.
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PostSubject: Re: A couple of new specimens..   6/8/2013, 1:31 am

UPDATE:

My solifuge is actually an eremobatid, genus Eremobates to be precise.

Meaning it's still young, and not adult yet Very Happy SHE (male eremobates have a straightened finger without teeth on the upper finger of the chelicerae.)



I used Fred Punzo's recipe of solifugae substrate. If it's not proper, they freak out and run themselves to death. The substrate is a mixture of sand, silt, and a small percentage of fine clay. When the three types of soil are mixed together, moistened, then tamped, they make a very good burrowing substrate that keeps its integrity, especially when it dries after preparation is complete. A must for arachnids like solifugae or Iuridae. Hadrurus should LOVE it.

Here's a view from the side, showing the complexity of the tunnel-system my eremobates is building:



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