imagine having a really big spider as a pet that didnt bite or jump or do anything scary just like a two foot long spider that just sits there and follows you around like a puppy and speaks english and when it talks it has a really deep voice and talks in a really agressive voice and rarely speaks when it speaks it only says helpful things like “yo man theres balloons on sale in the next aisle for like 90% off” in its deep spider voice and its just like a really chill spider overall
WOW HAHAHA okay. So I woke up this morning afternoon to find Trinket did THIS to her house.
In ONE evening she burrowed her previously thumb-sized tunnel all the way to the bottom of the tank, hollowed out a cave, and tunneled back up to the front to make a little window (you can see the opening on the left side of the dirt pile there). Whereas before she had been working on that little thumb-sized tunnel over about two weeks. For comparison, this is what her home looked like before she demolished it:
The abdomen is drained through the spinneret, I then inject them with alcohol with a dash of other preservatives to prevent shrinkage. Then that gets drained with the same needle. The angle of the needle lets fluid fall to the bottom of the syringe leaving air at the top. That air gets injected into the spider and a very mild heat source is used to do the drying. I have found coating the needle with just a touch of oil helps with getting it out at the end. The legs and all the other business are kept in place with pins.
2 days since I got her and she’s clearly much more comfortable with her home, since she’s been wandering all over in broad daylight today, where she was mostly hiding in her hut before.
She’s actually still far too small for me to be able to tell her sex, so pronouns are completely arbitrary at this point, whoops. :x Still no name for her yet, either, I just keep calling her baby, haha. She looks fairly big in these pics, but is really only about as big around as a Gatorade bottle cap, including the legs. LIL BAB.
She was all cozy and tucked away in a little plastic container surrounded by tissues, and just calmly waltzed right out once I opened the lid and nudged her a bit. She is so ridiculously calm and un-jumpy that I can’t even believe it. She even put her little tiny two front legs on my finger for a while before continuing on into her house. (ノ*´▽`*)
She wasn’t starved in the least, but grabbed a cricket within 10 or so minutes of settling in. After finishing she did this adorable little thing where she tucked the leftovers to her chest and wandered around a bit to find a place to put it while walking on her LITTLE TIPPY TOES to not drag the cricket on the ground, then set it on the ground, turned away from it, then danced her abdomen back and forth over it to cover it in some silk. She then turned back around and just BUNDLED IT UP just like wrapping a lunch box into a blanket AAAAHHHHH. Now she’s wandering around trying to find a place to put it.