View Full Version : Ephebopus murinus Fan Club

12-02-2011, 05:27 PM
One of my fav Ts of all time. They're big, mean, and have stunning colors.

Largest of the Ephebopus, females can hit 6+". They are obligate burrowers and require higher humidity, but are relatively easy to care for. These are secretive Ts, burrowing in deep holes if given the chance, and extremely :TMad:
I've also noticed on many occasions these Ts will build large bowl shaped webs in which they sit in the middle and wait for prey to fall in to be devoured.
I got my first Eph Murinus as my 5th T ever from a lps. She was about 4" or so at the time and has molted 2-3 times in the last few years, now about 5". She came in a KK and had the coolest web setup out of any T I've had yet (since rehomed multiple times). I was so impressed with this SP I got a second female. She was a bit larger and it easily 6+", however I'm not pulling her out to get an accurate measurement lol. This one was WC, easily agitated (threats when I open her lid) and not afraid to charge. I've paired both up, both produced eggsacks, but only my first female produced a viable sack of about 70ish slings/eggs with legs. Ea female double clutched interestingly enough. Out of all my slings, I kept 5. 4 are 6-7th instar and about 2+". One had successive bad molts (bent legs and limited mobility) but is now all straightened out. However it is significantly smaller then its siblings and does not grow as much per molt as the others, which leaves me wondering if I will have a dwarfed Em....

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12-02-2011, 05:33 PM
My larger more buggery EM (pretty sure her favorite past time is to look scary and threat) =p

One of my fav Ts in my collection, I rendered this pic from one of her post-molt pics.


12-02-2011, 05:37 PM
Found that this SP cohabs well during pairing. Kept my male in with 3 diff females for 2-4 weeks ea.

12-03-2011, 12:25 AM
One of my E. murinus youngsters. I love these guys!

12-03-2011, 12:31 AM
they grow quick. mine are 5-6th instar and 2"

12-03-2011, 07:44 AM
Do these have a common name? I love them! Got on this thread purely out of curiosity. Now I'm hooked. :). ...:TBlush:

12-03-2011, 09:35 AM

12-03-2011, 09:52 AM
Love these species, very high on my wishlist but haven't seen them available in years up north. Suzy, the common name for these is Skeleton Tarantula

12-03-2011, 10:49 AM
I'm not admitting to anything, but I just sent Todd Gearheart a message asking if I could add one of these to my order without paying shipping again.... hypothetically speaking of course... :)

12-03-2011, 11:38 AM
If only I could find another male .... took my 9 months last time to track one down lol. Hoping one of these juvies turns out to be a boy ^^

12-03-2011, 12:06 PM
What order would this be Suzy?

I'm not admitting to anything, but I just sent Todd Gearheart a message asking if I could add one of these to my order without paying shipping again.... hypothetically speaking of course... :)

12-03-2011, 12:31 PM
If I get a juvie and it's a boy, it's all yours Nef :)

After he grows up of course. ;)

12-03-2011, 02:55 PM
LOL interesting, getting another tarantula eh! Of course so am I!!!!

12-03-2011, 02:59 PM
LOL interesting, getting another tarantula eh! Of course so am I!!!!

LOL! My mature female P. scrofas are supposed to ship out Monday. Todd held my order until he found some he thought would be good to breed.
It might be too late to add.

And what are YOu getting???

12-03-2011, 03:50 PM
Haha I doubt its too late to add anything, don't wanna derail this thread too much so I will start another with my Christmas order.

12-31-2011, 11:44 AM
Another molt! The babies are growing up so fast... >>sniff, sniff<< :-)

03-20-2012, 10:40 PM
This one's not shy at all. And promises to be very photogenic like its mama. :-)
Sac mate is a little more reclusive.

03-20-2012, 10:42 PM
sweet pics! I love these guys. They do get big fast. Mine were 2+" at their 6th molt. I'm hoping I get a male out of my only batch

03-21-2012, 11:30 AM
Hope you find a male too, lol would love to buy some E. Murinus slings off you.

03-31-2012, 06:32 AM
Ossa came flying out of its burrow last night after its cricket. No way my phone or fingers would have been fast enough to get a picture... But, the brief glimpse I got was simply astounding! Much bigger and more stunning than its more visible sac mate. Y'all just have to take my word for it. LOL

04-28-2012, 10:49 AM
Ossa and I startled each other this morning. I expected it to be in its burrow, it was not expecting company... I nearly dropped the lid, Ossa dove into the moss. It has grown quickly! 3.5+ inches, easy.

04-28-2012, 10:20 PM
Do these have a common name? I love them! Got on this thread purely out of curiosity. Now I'm hooked. :). ...:TBlush:

"Skeleton tarantula" is always the common name I find them under.

04-28-2012, 10:23 PM
Mine is a pet hole 1.5 inch specimen. It built a dirt structure up the corner of its cage and lurks near the opening at the top. It waits for the crickets to come nhear so it never has to come out. I keep its water dish on the other side of the cage in the hopes it will come out for a drink and pose but no luck so far.

06-11-2012, 10:08 AM
'Ossa' sealed up its burrow and had been living topside for over a month, so I rehoused into bigger, better, fancier digs. And noted that it would be molting soon...
Didn't expect 'soon' to be within four hours...

06-17-2012, 07:11 PM
Hey all! I recently aquired one of these beauties(little over a week ago), but I've noticed everyone seems to refer to E Murinus as pet holes....Mine hasn't even started a burrow. I have a deep pre-dug burrow for it, but it usually stays on the surface or on the glass....it's in a 10g that's about 75% full of eco-earth. Hasn't webbed much either.....definitely nothing like what all of yours have done. She has a healthy appetite tho! Here's a cpl pics

07-01-2012, 12:03 AM
She finally Burrowed about a week ago....I guess she didn't like the log I had in the tank....I took it out and the next day she built a hotel lol. This T is quickly becoming a favorite!! This is how I normally find her when I check now:

JOHN 3:16
07-06-2012, 01:43 PM
timboslice, that is a beautiful specimen. :)

07-06-2012, 03:36 PM
Great photo of your girl on her hotel, timboslice! She's very beautiful.

Here is one of my two slings a couple of molts ago when it was just starting to show off those pretty legs. Wish it would hold still for photo ops now, as it's becoming quite the looker!


07-06-2012, 05:36 PM
Thanks John, Jen!! This is such a beautiful sp....I would highly reccomend that everyone get one lol! Hands down my favorite T atm!

JenJen, your sling looks awesome!! I like the color on the rump....and if your slings are anything like mine when they get older, they will be posing for pics lol.

10-11-2013, 01:43 PM
This is a species that I'll have to own again. I find them to be strikingly beautiful. Mine was kept happy in a floral foam burrow where I was able to keep an eye on her. Pretty well-behaved for a WC. No threats or speed bursts.

I actually watched her ascend to the mouth of the burrow after a meal, where she paused, took aim, and flicked the bolus neatly into her trash corner 8 inches away. Exactly the same way one would flick a cigarette butt. I laughed out loud, I was so surprised. I still have no idea how she did it.

I'm gonna have to dig up those old photos of my old Ts...

10-11-2013, 02:38 PM
me two ;)

01-11-2014, 04:36 PM


01-11-2014, 05:28 PM
Now THAT's a beautiful photo. You should post the other one first, showing her to wait for her dinner. :D

01-11-2014, 06:14 PM
Hmmm...that's a good looking T you got there, Max! Lol

Glad to see she's made herself a home!

01-11-2014, 06:57 PM
Timbo, this was your girl? :TShock: She got HUGE!!!!! :D

01-12-2014, 10:42 AM
Timbo, this was your girl? :TShock: She got HUGE!!!!! :D

Yep! :)

01-13-2014, 05:52 PM
2" Ephebopus murinus






01-13-2014, 06:22 PM
Beautiful shots, Chad!!! :)

01-13-2014, 06:55 PM
oh you so know i want!!!!:TCoffee:

04-27-2014, 08:04 PM
This subadult female finally gave in and allowed me to get a couple pictures just so I would stop messing with her. LOL
http://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu258/Gone2Dogs4/Gone2Dogs4076/27April14014_zps3ba0a2f5.jpg (http://s653.photobucket.com/user/Gone2Dogs4/media/Gone2Dogs4076/27April14014_zps3ba0a2f5.jpg.html)
http://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu258/Gone2Dogs4/Gone2Dogs4076/27April14013_zpsd60b9972.jpg (http://s653.photobucket.com/user/Gone2Dogs4/media/Gone2Dogs4076/27April14013_zpsd60b9972.jpg.html)

04-27-2014, 08:57 PM
O-M-G! This is such a gorgeous species.

04-27-2014, 10:43 PM

08-18-2014, 10:09 AM
I rehoused my female last night. She wasn't too thrilled about the whole thing, but at least I got pictures!


08-18-2014, 10:37 AM
Max, your girl is a stunning one! :Tclap:

08-18-2014, 01:45 PM

08-18-2014, 05:30 PM
Oooooooooooooooooooo cant wait for mine to get this big!

08-26-2014, 12:52 PM
"Tannasg", taken before her recent molt.
http://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu258/Gone2Dogs4/Gone2Dogs4105/8Aug14062_zps1afb7ccc.jpg (http://s653.photobucket.com/user/Gone2Dogs4/media/Gone2Dogs4105/8Aug14062_zps1afb7ccc.jpg.html)

08-26-2014, 01:32 PM
Whoa. The more pics I see of these.... LOL

Gorgeous girl, Fp!!!! I love the coloration of these Ts.

08-26-2014, 01:40 PM
I need to get pics of mine.........

08-26-2014, 02:06 PM
I need to get pics of mine.........

Yes, you do!!!! :jsi:


08-27-2014, 07:03 PM
I need to get pics of mine posted too, ............ oh wait, I don't have one. Wow! That's gonna make it a lot harder to get any pics isn't it?

Could you all just forget that I said the above.


08-27-2014, 11:06 PM
Believe it or not, I have a local T-club member who has one of these that is a gem! She is so docile and handleable! She went from hand to hand at the last club meeting.

08-28-2014, 07:41 AM
J!m, some delusions are better kept on believing. Why burst your own bubble…..? These ARE really fun lil guys though, when they aren't playing pet holes. :)

08-29-2014, 01:01 PM
heres mine.


08-29-2014, 05:50 PM
Wow Pan! She's beautiful. :TConfused:

08-30-2014, 12:02 AM
she is!

08-30-2014, 07:16 AM
Hey Pan! Mine looks just like yours. Maybe they are sac mates. :D

08-31-2014, 08:30 PM
could be: )~
They do look a lot like.

08-31-2014, 08:35 PM
I think pan has the best-looking one on this whole thread. :Tclap:

08-31-2014, 08:52 PM
Yea Jump, I think you are right. Pan's is pretty awesome.

08-31-2014, 08:56 PM
Well, come on, just look at that pic!!!! Only a true T keeper can appreciate such beauty like that. :D

08-31-2014, 09:00 PM
Is that one an albino?

08-31-2014, 09:09 PM
Albino Ts don't exist, as they lack pigmentation.

08-31-2014, 09:10 PM
Manly, you need stronger glasses. Look at pan's pic again....

08-31-2014, 09:15 PM
I'm a lookin!

I'd swear that was an albino murinus.

Either that, or that skeleton T is hiding perfectly against that white background.


08-31-2014, 09:28 PM
YOU GOT IT!!!!!!! Hahahaaaa......... I'm dying over here, :LAUGH:

08-31-2014, 09:37 PM
YOU GOT IT!!!!!!! Hahahaaaa......... I'm dying over here, :LAUGH:

That's just great. Now you're gonna disappear against the background too!

08-31-2014, 09:41 PM
Getting to be a master at that. Must be my awesome pic editing program. :D

09-01-2014, 02:11 PM

09-10-2014, 02:43 PM
I have held this one before. I understand she is not so handleable now.

Still knock-down gorgeous.


09-10-2014, 05:43 PM
Very beautiful species! Reminds me of N. chromatus carapace crossed with an I don't know species!

09-10-2014, 05:54 PM
I like their overall shape too - their front legs are longer than their back. That is just cool to me.