My sis­ter gave me an Aus­tralian Bird Eat­ing Spi­der for my birth­day in March – much to the hor­ror of any­one whom has since set foot inside my door. It was only a baby and lived in a lit­tle tiny con­tain­er. Many munched-on crick­ets lat­er, he’s kin­da grown a bit. So I grabbed a bit of glass from Revolve and con­vert­ed a medi­um size fish tank so it has a dirt/sand/rock/plant/water area – a ter­rar­i­um if you will.

The trans­fer of a light­ning fast hairy scary spi­der from one con­tain­er to anoth­er is a chal­lenge with­in itself – kids don’t try this at home. Some sug­gest­ed I was going to get a Dar­win Award for being bit­ten dur­ing an attempt to make my spi­der ‘more comfortable’.

After all that effort, the oth­er night I was shocked to see the spi­der appeared as dead as a door­nail. How­ev­er, you’ll be please to know that it wasn’t dead, but shed­ding its skin! The coolest thing is that it now looks like I have two hairy scary spi­ders, even if one of them doesn’t move very much (or at all).

Viva la eccentricity!

UPDATE:  I caught the shed­ding of the skin on time lapse video.  Check it Out:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLER-cf_Pto

Well spot­ted. There was an unfor­tu­nate acci­dent when he was young. Hap­pi­ly they grew back.