No, this is not a thread dedicated to the cinammon-flavoured whiskey of the same name. Rather this is for my little 8-legged lady, whom I'll be documenting her growth to see if her species (Mexican Fireleg) is as long-lived as her Painted Red Leg and Red Knee cousins.
Currently since I got her back in February, she has molted twice in my care and seems due for another in the coming days/weeks. She has refused food for the first time today in 4 months, so this is a sure sign she'll be molting soon-ish.
Let's have a look at her growth since I got her, shall we ?
This is Fireball during its first week in care. I was actually surprised when she caught a cricket when I wasn't looking.
This is Fireball after the first molt in my care. She has grown and gained much color since.
And Fireball's 2nd molt. She gets bigger and more colorful as she grows.
Not long after her 2nd moult, an infestation of mites was discovered. She was immediately transferred to a new, bigger cage.
Was she bothered by this sudden move ? Not so much. She was actually grooming herself on the first evening in her new cage.
So I've had her for more than 8 months now. It's only recently that it was confirmed that she was 100% female. As with other Mexican Red-legged species, females are expected to live 20 years or more in captivity. How long will Fireball live ? Time will tell.
Words cannot express the joy of having this particular spider as the life-long pet to accompany me for the next two decades. So. Darn. Beautiful.