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Orphnaecus sp. “Quezon Blue” or the Quezon Blue Earth Tiger has a genus name derived from the Greek word “orphnaios” which means dark. The “Quezon Blue” portion of its name is provided by its bluish sheen and the area in which it is found in the wild.
They remain obligate burrowers throughout much of their lives, as babies a dram vial or pill bottle large enough to give them 2”-3” of substrate to burrow in is appropriate for quite some time. As the little ones grow into adults they will need closer to 6” of substrate. For floor space 3-4x the spider’s diagonal leg span for both length and width is appropriate, just make sure that the space above the substrate does not exceed 2x the spider’s diagonal leg span to prevent injury from a fall.
A good comfortable range for them is 75-80 degrees, temperatures consistently 65 degrees or below or above 90 degrees should be avoided for the longevity of the spider.
75%-80%, This can be achieved by keeping the substrate fairly uniformly lightly dampened.
Young O sp. “Quezon Blue” sold Josh’s Frogs are approximately 1/2” diagonal leg span. This species' max size is a hot topic of debate, with some claiming them to be close to dwarf size and others claiming they can reach sizes of up to 6”. This species will most likely reach sizes of 4”-5” diagonal leg span.
At least 2 months at time of sale. The maximum lifespan is not altogether well known, but they are a fast growing species. There have been reports of males in other species of this genus reaching maturation in 2-3 years. With this in mind, if they follow the growth patterns of their cousins, females should live around 10-12 years.
At time of sale specimens are eating hydei fruit flies. Babies should be fed every 4-7 days, as they age into adults that should be spread to every 7-10 days. Prey should be the size of the spider’s carapace or smaller. Never attempt to feed a freshly molted tarantula less than a week after their molt to prevent injury to the spider.
Due to age, O sp. Quezon Blue sold by Josh's Frogs are sold as unsexed. As they approach maturity, specimens may be sexed using a molt, due to the small nature of this spider molt sexing may require a magnifying glass. Females will have spermatheca and a uterus externus between the top set of book lungs that will catch and "flap" if a pin is run down the inside of the abdomen. Males will have a much more plain slit that does not budge with attempts to manipulate it.
Babies are a fairly uniform yellowed tan, adults have a medium brown carapace, their abdomen is a darker brown usually starting a little bit lighter where it meets the carapace and the legs are a lovely black. The legs and abdomen of adult specimens do have a blue sheen when freshly molted.
Orphnaecus sp “Quezon Blue” are not social creatures, any attempts to cohabitate will likely result in cannibalism.
Spiders for breeding purposes should remain supervised when together and should only be attempted well fed. Mature males can be put in the enclosure of a mature female for courtship/mating. Remove male promptly after insertion is observed, or immediately if female is aggressive rather than receptive. This is best done around a month after the female molts, as a freshly molted female is less likely to molt out of a pairing.
Quezon, in the Luzon region of the Philippines
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