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Chris Driggers

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  1. I would stay away from the calcium supplements myself. I think I remember reading or hearing somewhere that arthopods don't need very much calcium, and if they get too much it will make their exoskeleton brittle, for a hisser a brittle exo could be fatal if they fall off the wall of their enclosure, I would think it would increase the chance of a rupture.


  2. Any type of oak tree is ok right?

    From what I have read, yes. Any acorn bearing tree. I have several types of oak tree in my back yard, red oak, white oak, post oak, water oak and sawtooth oak. I am using these for my domino roaches.

  3. Hmm... Perhaps.

    Are fish high in protein?

    Fish are very high in protein, I would avoid using goldfish though unless they are frozen while they are still alive. When they die they secrete something, I can't remember what, but it's harmful to snakes, not sure about roaches but better safe than sorry I guess.

  4. Hey Chris: Let me know when you have baby's

    I'd be interested in a few.

    I have bred all the popular widows except for bishopi.

    Western, Southern, Northern.

    I love brown widows, i like the bands on the legs and pattern on the abdomen.

    I would love to have the reds.

    I'll be posting here, arachnoboards, and venomlist, I don't have the time to raise, or even try to raise all the slings, but I want as many of them to be raised to adulthood to see if this trait will breed true in the offspring, so I want to spread them out among widow keepers with experience raising widow slings.

    On a side note, I am looking for a mature male Latrodectus menavodi and Latrodectus geometricus if anyone reading this has one or both available for breeding loan, or just wants give one away to a good cause. Or I could trade WC L. mactans of any size you desire, gravid females also available.


  5. K, a few hours ago I opened my discoids to check on them, and there was a hisser mixed in. How did this 1-inch leetle guy manage to crawl past the vaseline AND olive oil barriers, then across my room to somehow locate the discoid tank, add to that sneak in through the top of sterilite container!? :blink: :blink: :blink:

    How old is your discoid colony? Could possibly be one that was mixed in as a tiny nymph when you got your discoids, or a number of things really. Hissers are sneaky lil critters.

  6. I'd try to breed her, if you can get more patternless widows you can sell them for money.

    I am planning to breed her with a male from the same source I got her from so hopefully I can produce more of these. The males should be maturing within the next month.


  7. Well I have several, here's the list.


    1 Male Bearded Dragon

    1 Male Solomon Island Ground Boa

    1 Male Black Mexican Kingsnake

    1 Female Pueblan Milksnake

    1 Female Timber Rattlesnake

    1 Female Southern Copperhead

    2 Ball Pythons (breeding pair male is 100% het. piebald)

    2 Redtail Boa Constrictors (breeding pair, male is double het. albino and anerythristic)

    2 Stimson's Pythons (breeding pair)


    2 Pacman frogs (1 albino 1 red)


    1 Poecilotheria metallica (Gooty Ornamental)

    1 Grammostola aureostriata (Chaco Goldenknee)

    1 Aphonopelma anax (Texas Tan)

    1 Grammostola pulchra (Brazilian Black)

    1 Acanthoscuria geniculata (Giant Whiteknee)

    7 Avicularia avicularia (Common Pinktoe)

    I recently downsized my tarantula collection, 3 weeks ago I had over 60 of them


    1 Babycurus jacksoni

    1 Smeringurus mesaensis (Dune Scorpion)

    1 Parabuthus leiosoma (Black Tipped Fat Tail)

    1 Leiurus quinquestriatus (Deathstalker)

    3 Pandinus imperator (Emperor Scorpion)

    True Spiders

    5 Latrodectus bishopi (Red Widow) females

    1 Latrodectus geometricus (Brown Widow) female

    1 Latrodectus menavodi (Madagascan Black widow) female

    2 Latrodectus mactans (Southern Black Widow)


    1 Medicinal Leech (Hirudo medicinalis)

    There was more a while back, but I downsized a bit, in the process of remodeling to make more space so I can get more goodies.


  8. Yesterday I found something called water gel or something at my local garden shop. The description was something like" Can holde water for flowers up 14 days" or something. I don`t know what it is made from, and tought i might contain fertilizer or something other harmful to my roaches... Any oppinion? Some "safe" brands?



    The brands I have used are..

    Soil Moist, cant remember who makes it though

    and Shultz Moisture Plus

    I used 2 containers of the Moisture Plus, then had to switch to the Moisture Plus and have used nearly 3 gallons of it with no problems at all.


  9. The one in the first photo is some type of jumping spider, cool little spiders. the last photo, I found some like that a couple of years ago, I kept her for a while and she laid an eggsac on a branch in her enclosure, then camoflauged it with some greenish brown webbing that was thicker and tougher with a different texture than normal. Very cool spiders, all of them.

  10. Hey Brian,

    ScorpDemon from arachnoboards here. Welcome to the forum. Are you still keeping your copperhead? I still haven't taken mine outdoor for a photo session, time is running out for this year too.

  11. Nice looking setup you have there. I've only been creative and naturalistic with one enclosure, and it's not in use anymore. I really want to set up a couple of display tanks for my 2 favorite tarantulas, I just don't have the space right now. When I get ready to do that, I might have to borrow some of your ideas.

  12. I grew up around farms and ranch type settings myself, so I can relate to parents not understanding your fascinations with roaches, spiders, and other creepy crawly critters. Exotic pets in the state of Alabama usually consist of iguanas, and ball pythons, I went outside the norm when I started keeping scorpions, then branched out to tarantulas, roaches, cornsnakes, assorted boas and pythons, assasin bugs, widow spiders, and a couple of native venomous snakes. My mom won't enter my house for long at a time, but she is starting to understand why I love these awesome animals, but still thinks I'm crazy.

    Welcome to the addiction that is keeping invertebrates, enjoy the ride.


  13. Hi Brian,

    Do you know what kind of habitat they live in, in Peru?

    Thanks for sharing scorpion photos with us!


    Your setup looks pretty cool, yet simple. Doesn't look too far off from other Tityus setups I've seen pics of, haven't seen any setups for this particular species, however. I have never kept any Tityus, however if I can ever find the time to go out and do some roach hunting, I should have a breeding pair of T. falconensis soon after.

  14. Welcome aboard. If you're into mantids, it shouldn't take much to get you into roaches. Much less demanding, some are much more beautiful. They are a very diverse invert much like mantids. Take a look around, I'm sure you can find a few species that interest you.


  15. I buy my water crystals at garden shops, walmart, anywhere with a gardening section. 16 oz. container was like 6 bucks at walmart the last time i bought any, I make up a gallon at a time, and just make more when i need them. I also mix some crystals in with the substrate for the other humidity loving inverts I keep.

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