TKC US Population Project: Poecilotheria vittata

Poecilotheria vittata. The Ghost Ornamental.

This one I am personally very excited about. The first “ornamental” tarantula that I fell in love with was Poecilotheria vittata, with their vivid whites and dark blacks. I wanted a female so bad but couldn’t find any in the states. I had to get a couple juvies on import. This was in 2017, over a year before the Sri Lankan Pokies were added to the Endangered Species Act (ESA). My juvies turned out to be all boys, but I was happy that I’d be able get some of their babies. My first male to mature went to Brandon Craig in Arizona and his mate there gave us a small sac, from which I have a four-spider communal who is thriving. One of my other males matured recently and the other passed away before maturing.

Just before the Sri Lankan Pokies were put on the ESA, Brandon offered to sell me two P. vittata females. I’ve named Wendy and Bonnie, from the early Casper the Friendly Ghost cartoon, after girls whom befriended Casper. Right around that same time, Brandi Vance contacted me with a mature male P. vittata (whom Brandi had named Casper, he was a charmer!). I couldn’t believe how lucky I was getting! Fast forward to a year later, we have over 100 beautiful spiderlings from Casper and Bonnie!

Unfortunately Casper died of old age before Wendy molted in our care. He spent his last days stuffed between two beautiful ladies (all in their own enclosures, of course!), and he tapped to them until he couldn’t tap no more. Wendy has since molted and met with my other boy, whom I call Ghost. (Hopefully we’ll have another P. vittata project at the end of the year!)

The Spiderlings

The majority of the spiderlings yielded by Bonnie have been donated to the TKC for distribution via the TKC US Population Project. We also recently received spiderlings donated by James Fuentes for the TKC US Population Project. (Thanks again, James!!) We are very happy to announce that we have twenty-five sets of three P. vittata to ship across the United States!

How Can You Get Involved?

If you would like to participate in the TKC US Population Project: P. vittata, all you have to do is email us ([email protected]) and tell us about yourself. (Please don’t PM us with breeder requests.) Let us know what species you’ve bred, what other breeders you have worked with, etc, and be sure include your location. When we choose breeders, these are these are the main things we look at. Be sure to include anything you want us to know about yourself or your experience. If your request is missing information, you will be passed for this project. Unfortunately we do not have time to seek your information so it will be your responsibility to include it. We are accepting breeder requests for the next couple weeks. In mid-August, the breeders chosen will be emailed and we will begin sending out sets of P. vittata!

The Tarantula Keepers Coalition is forever grateful to all of our wonderful supporters. We absolutely love all the participation we are seeing. We hope to continue this program for a long, long time, and to expand it to other Poecilotheria species or Brazilian species if they get added to the ESA or are otherwise regulated. Through the TKC US Population Project, we can ensure species thrive in the United States. We are proud to work with so many like-minded people. If you are interested in participating in this leg, please be sure to email us.

If you have spiderlings or are expecting spiderlings and would like to donate them to the project, email us or PM us on Facebook and we will work out the details. We truly appreciate everyone who is participating! However a very special thanks to Brandi and James for donating portions of their spiderlings to the TKC. We are honored. We look forward to working with many other wonderful people in the community.

TKC US Population Project Update: P. fasciata


The Tarantula Keepers Coalition US Population Project is in full swing! (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here!) The first leg of the TKC US Population Project included Poecilotheria fasciata, which were bred from fellow TKC board members Quentin and Amy Salina’s male and our female. We each donated our half of the sac to be distributed across the United States.

A Big THANK YOU!

Firstly, we would like to thank everyone who has supported the TKC and shown interest in the US Population Project. We received an overwhelming response from breeders requesting to participating in the Poecilotheria fasciata project; more requests than we had sets of spiderlings to give. We wish we could send a set to everyone who submitted a request. Anyone who did not receive a set this time will remain in our records for the next P. fasciata project.

The Breeders

Most importantly, we want to welcome the breeders who were chosen to join the TKC US Population Project: P. fasciata. We are proud to work with this diverse group of breeders and look forward to many breeding projects. The TKC is very grateful for the support and enthusiasm we’ve seen already.

The following breeders were chosen for the TKC US PP (P. fasciata) :

  • Edward Addams
  • Corey Felter of Sinister Arachnids
  • Kelly Fornez of KF Invertebrates
  • Brian & Stephanie Griggs
  • William Hiett of Panhandle Arachnids
  • Caleb Hill
  • Cristoffer Hinshaw
  • Chris Minks
  • Natalee M of Natalee’s 8 Legged Journey
  • Jodi Newago
  • Zac Oddo
  • Aaron Singleton 
  • Brandon Tucker

The breeders were chosen based on a number of aspects. The main factors were location and experience. First, we identified which states in the US were lacking in P. fasciata via a survey in the Tarantula Community Facebook group. The location of the breeders was then looked at and we removed those in states that were covered. We then looked at experience. In the end, Amy ended up getting another half of a sac and we were able to invite a few more requestees to participate.

The Arrangement

Upon agreeing to join the TKC US Population Project, the breeders agreed to a few simple stipulations.

    • Each breeder paid for shipping of their set of P. fasciata.
    • Each breeder also agreed to donate half of any successful sacs, that they procure from the three P. fasciata, to the TKC for further distribution across the United States.
    • In addition, each breeder agreed to send any males they get from these three P. fasciata to the TKC once they mature, if the TKC so needs.
    • Furthermore, each breeder also agreed to let me mention them in this blog. However, this was not a stipulation, but an option. I want to thank all of our breeders for allowing me to give them credit. 🙂

 

The Tarantula Keepers Coalition will have be initiating the next leg of our US Population Project with Poecilotheria vitatta slings in the near future. Be sure to follow us on Facebook to stay up to date. Watch for the post announcing that we are accepting breeder requests and instructions on how to get involved.

As always, we want to thank our supporters. From the bottom of our hearts, your support means the world to us. We invite you to join us on Facebook in our TKC Duscussion group. We look forward to talking with you.