December 30, 2008

If you have lost it, where do you find it?

Yeah, so Sunday I got the confirmation call that the guy from Petworld in Lawrence came across an avicularia versicolor tarantula (common name: Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula) for me. I gave him the go ahead to purchase it. However, I had really, really lusted for a Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens (common name: Greenbottle Blue Tarantula), so the upshot is this: down the line, I will be getting a third T.

I have not exactly told X. Yesterday, I showed him a picture of an a. versicolor and pointed out how so v. v. pretty it was, no? I am going to Lawrence today, will return with a 1 inch sling (spiderling) and will claim it as an impulse purchase. Let this be our little secret, shall we?

I am really excited about getting a sling. It will be small, but as it will be growing more rapidly, there will be more molts. The downside with a smaller sling is that the risk is higher that it will not survive. For the experience of watching him/her grow, it will be worth it.

The name? As the sling is too small to be sexed, we are not sure if it is a female or male. I chose Sofia's name from the top 10 baby girl names on the SSA website. Since this T is unsexed, I am tempted to go with Olivia for now. If it turns out to be a male, then I can switch to Oliver. Which would be fitting anyway. *cough*mymaidenname*cough*

What do you think? Here are the top 10 Baby Names from 2007:

1 Jacob Emily
2 Michael Isabella
3 Ethan Emma
4 Joshua Ava
5 Daniel Madison
6 Christopher Sophia
7 Anthony Olivia
8 William Abigail
9 Matthew Hannah
10 Andrew Elizabeth


Unknown said...

Ohhh, I love Olivia and Oliver! I think they pair so well with Sofia, too.

Anonymous said...

My great-grandmothers' names were/are Sophie and Olive. I was always planning on naming daughters after them (Olivia, not Olive, though... even my g'g'ma doesn't like her name), but that's kind of gone out the window now that they've become so popular.

Erin said...

I vote for Jayden. Or Brayden. Or Cayden. Parayden? Afrayden?

MB said...

Spiders give me the willies. But I enjoy reading about them from far, far away.

I would suggest Willamena. Personally I think it's a fantastic name for a tarantula. (If it's a boy, he can be just plain old Willy.)

Monkey McWearingChaps said...


Anonymous said...

Please not Olivia. I know there's a children's book out their with a pig named Olivia, and I've come to terms with it. But, I don't think I could handle knowing there is a tarantula (I am arachnaphobic) crawling around with my name! ;)

Lisa! said...

I think you are CRAZY for willingly bringing spiders into your home but whatevs....How about Charlotte??

MLE said...

Seconding Wilhelmina, because I once had a (plastic, glow-in-the-dark) spider named that. And it was a boy, so you could totally use the name for either.

aibee said...



*throws blanket over head, awaits (audible) answer*

Anonymous said...

Emily is one of my favorite names, it was my grandmothers name, I have a cousin named after my grandmother and it has remained in the top 10 for a long time....she is ...about 23 or so...I still love it

Anonymous said...

For some reason Sofia + Olivia makes me envision you raising a convent of Greek nuns that happen to be Spiders. I can hear the introductions in my head...

Cagey: this is Sister Sofia Avicularia, and over there is Sister Olivia Avicularia de Lawrence.