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 Post subject: Seeking Solifugids
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 12:06 am 
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I was wondering if anyone knew if Galeodes deserti is available here in the US? I have recently begun looking for some but have had no luck.

Also, I have been told that they are quite difficult to keep in captivity. Anyone have experience keeping these or other species? Id love to hear any advice!


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 Post subject: Re: Seeking Solifugids
PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 6:36 am 
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It has been a few years since I've seen Galeodes (or any solifugid really) offered for sale. I suspect that most importers got tired of paying for animals that tend to die before they can be sold!

They are, indeed, difficult to keep alive (although there are a few interesting exceptions). Even if you are successful, they appear to have a lifespan of only a year or two. Again, there are stories of exceptions, but as a rule they rarely survive more than a few weeks after being purchased.

Warren Savary did tell me a story of one that lived many months in a bare cup that was accidentally left in someones office drawer, far outliving specimens set up in elaborate cages! However, I'm pretty sure that was one of our native species.

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 Post subject: Re: Seeking Solifugids
PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 1:47 pm 
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Thanks Wade

Im hopeful that perhaps one day soon a break-through will be made on their captive care!


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