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    Thread: Phrixotrichus scrofa (formerly Paraphysa scrofa)

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      Phrixotrichus scrofa (formerly Paraphysa scrofa)

      Got to make a fan club for my favorite tarantula species! I got Khan in May of 2009 from a local reptile shop: Awesome Reptiles. She was my fourth T and an impulse purchase. When I picked up and opened the deli cup she was in she immediately threw me a threat pose then the next second walked calmly out onto my hand. I had to have her.At first like so many I thought she was an immature RCF G rosea but I wondered at how rich her color was...I had never seen a picture of a RCF G rosea with her shiny new penny look or her bright mirror patch, or her dark tiger stripes. One day I accidentally stumbled on a picture of a Paraphysa scrofa, I had never heard of the species before but I knew that was what Khan was.


      Khan is my most active tarantula, she is a mere 3.5 inches but she makes full use of her 5.5 gallon tarantutat. She loves to climb. I made her home with uneven ground to help accommodate this but nevertheless she is more often than not found on the glass. For the first year I had her she hardly webbed at all. one day she went crazy and webbed up her entire tank. After I cleaned it up she webbed again. She will throw up a threat pose in her habitat but if removed can be cautiously handled. Once while doing a bit of maintenance in her tank I carelessly brushed one of her legs with my hand. She whirled around and attacked my hand...but she did not bite. as soon as she touched my hand she stopped, fangs gently resting against my skin. After a moment she ambled off about her business, content that I was neither prey nor predator.



      In March of this year I found a MM p scrofa at that same pet store. Kirk. Much like Khan, Kirk is set up in a two story habitat, his a large KK. He is active and a good eater. He is also unpredictable and will throw the errant threat pose if disrubed. Once out of his territory he calms right down.




      I bred Khan and Kirk and had my first sac...131 healthy spiderlings. A few are still with me.





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      WOW! What a b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l species! The way they web reminds me of an OBT or GBB!
      T. stirmi 0.3.18, T. apophysis 6.5" 0.1.0
      N. chromatus 0.1.0, N. coloratovillosus 0.2.0
      G. pulchripes 0.1.0, A. geniculata 0.2.0
      P. regalis 0.2.0, Chilobrachy sai yok 0.1.0, Gorgyrella sp. black Africa 0.1.0
      L. parahybana 0.1.0, L. striatipes 0.2.0, L. klugi 0.1.0, Pamphobeteus sp. Santo Domingo 0.1.0
      Acanthogonatus pi ss ii 0.2.0, Acanthogonatus francki 0.2.0, 1-Linothele fallax 0.1.0, A. vilches 0.1.0, Diplura sp. Sanguinea 1/2"

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      Very beautiful. That one is definitely on my wish list.

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      P. scrofa is also my favorite species. I have 2 slings, FaaFaa's mature male on loan, and 3 adult females on the way. jI also have a P. parvula that has pretty much the same temperament.
      In my opinion and experience they are the calmest Ts I've ever seen. Any time I have a visitor that wants me to get one of my Ts out or wants to hold one, this is the one I pick. At first I thought it was just because they are small, but Jen's male, Piper is exactly like my other three. Calm and cautious in hand, but active and even acrobatic in an enclosure. I've never had terrestrials, or in fact any tarantula as active as these are. They are always out, and usually hanging out on the side.
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      I so hope that FaaFaa and I get some babies from Piper. He is truly special.
      Here is a picture of Piper that I took, but he is Faafaa's T. We just get to borrow him for a while.
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      Aww I miss my Piper! P. scrofas are amazing! They are active and colorful. They are docile and small. If I were told I could only ever have 1 Tarantula a P. scrofa would be the one I picked!
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      sweet!
      i have four big girls and three i hope will be dropping a sack soon: )~
      i looooove Paraphysa scrofa's!!!!!

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      In my opinion and experience they are the calmest Ts I've ever seen.
      I think this may be the difference between captive raised and wild caught. My spiderlings are the same way...but my WC adults are not.
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      i have several all captive bread, some are very calm some are nuts. i think that is just the way it is with all Ts to some degree: )

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      I am super-excited about getting my wild-caught girls and getting to know their personalities! I am expecting them to be pretty fun to watch.
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      I have to say that I do have one thing that I do not like about P scrofas, they are a pain to feed! This is the only species of tarantula that I have had in my care that just don't want to eat like everyone else. Is this my imagination or is it just the scrofas that I have had?
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