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Old 16-06-2012, 02:23 AM
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I recently received a medium sized tarantula through the post.
When I opened the box I was extremely surprised to see the total lack of packing in the box and around the spider itself.
I fully expected to see a dead spider with a ruptured abdomen considering the lack of padding.
Luckily the spider was OK and is now settling into its new home.

Everyone has their own methods and ideas on how to pack a tarantula (or any other invert) so I though that I would post a few photos showing how NOT to do it and then a few photo's showing how I do it.


I have removed any identifying markings off the packing box and changed the species of spider for one of my own to stop any amateur Sherlock Holmes wannabe's' trying to ID the sender.







This is the first view of the lack of packing in the box

Covering the cricket box was several layers of neatly folded toilet tissue





No packing around the edges of the cricket box.
There was a few inches of open space surrounding the cricket box, there was nothing to cushion the spider against any knocks or bangs.





Showing the several layers of neatly folded toilet tissue that was on top of the cricket box



The same amount of tissue under the cricket box




Underneath the tissue was a slightly screwed up and folded carrier bag as added padding !!




Inside the cricket box was a cardboard tube from a toilet roll with a few sheets of tissue underneath it.









I have replaced the new posted spider with one of my own that is only slightly smaller that the spider that I received as mine is easier to handle while taking these photo's.

Showing how much space the spider had to rattle about in while in the gentle hands of the post office.









As I have used so many photos, I will have to make a part 2 showing how I pack my spiders for posting.
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Old 16-06-2012, 02:36 AM
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This is how I pack my Tarantulas when i post them out.

What I aim for is a space slightly larger than the spiders body so that it can crouch in the space provided with its legs close to its body



A 2-3ft length of toilet tissue is wrapped around 3 of my fingers.





Hoop of tissue in cricket box where the spider will eventually go.




A handful of screwed up tissue jammed in either end of the cricket box so that the 'hoop' is cushioned from any knocks or bangs




The tissue is sprayed so that it compacts slightly




Another 'hoop' of tissue is added because the space is too big for the spider.




A few sheets of screwed up tissue that will be used a 'lid' once the spider is inside the 'hoop'




Showing the size of the 'hoop' and the spider, a nice snug fit for the spiders size.




The spider is in the 'hoop' covered by a small lid just to show the amount of space that is needed.



The tissue 'lid' is placed over the spider, which is now crouched at the bottom of the 'hoop'






The cardboard box shown is too small to use with a cricket tub so I've swapped it for a more suitable sized tub
(I did take photos with the original cardboard box and cricket tub but accidently deleted them while on the camera)

Screwed up newspapers first



Folded newspaper next



Tub added then screwed up newspaper is placed around the tub



A few inches left for more screwed up newspaper to be added on top of the spider tub






and done !!

The spider cannot be bounced around because there is no extra space for it to happen, the tub cannot be moved about because there is screwed up newspaper tightly wedged around it.
The spider is now ready for posting.

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Old 16-06-2012, 02:46 AM
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poor spider...
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Old 16-06-2012, 03:37 AM
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i tend to avoid the bog roll innards anyhow, i much prefer to wind damp, snaked up tissue in a coil (like you did in the pic) inside a tall deli until its padded out, then in goes the spider, a pad of tissue on top, on goes the lid.
then wrap around 2 foot of bubble wrap around it.
in the box it goes, padded and packed out accordingly with screwed up newspaper etc.
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Old 16-06-2012, 08:06 AM
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would you tell us by pm so we can avoid the seller? even plugging the tube with toilet roll would've taken a minute and made a more secure job. pretty poor really. That big parahybana I got from you was one of the best packed spiders I've received. definitely the way to do it
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Poor little guy reminds me of a bunch of slings I received from Europe... a folded 1cm bit of kitchen paper inside one of these ( http://www.sigmaaldrich.com/large/pr.../z/z334006.jpg ) microcentrifuge tubes. Then they were taped on to a postcard and shoved in a regular paper envelope. Then disappeared into the EU post system during not awful cold weather, but not summer time either. Turned up over a week late, and half the slings were dead, and ultimately none of the rest survived. Dumb people shouldn't post inverts if they don't know how to do it safely.
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princess - i know who your talking about - NEVER AGAIN, from me. I paid a deposit for a t and they then sold out of that t and i never got my deposit back :/ i have had a doa in similar circs too..
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we need to know the seller as the t we might buy of him/her might not be so lucky
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This is an excellent and well needed thread. When things lives are at stake due to human error or neglect it is upsetting.

If I may be so bold as to add my method for tubing up larger arboreals for posting:

First off you will need a tall deli/yogurt pot with lid (pierce a few holes in lid and a few in container), toilet roll tube, kitchen paper and a poking thing
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Fold a small square of kitchen paper and place on bottom of the deli pot.


Set the toilet roll tube in the centre of the deli pot.


Coil the kitchen roll around the toilet roll tube, pushing it down tight as you go.


Continue to this nearly to the top.


Then carefully pull out the toilet roll tube. You are then left with a perfect padded cell for your beloved arboreal to sit in. Give it a little spray with some water before inserting tarantula.


Fold up another small square of kitchen roll, fold in the corners slightly and place this on top of tarantula.


Lid on and there you go.


Pack in box much the same way PeterUK has shown you but perhaps use a taller box. I hope this helps a few of you who choose to pack in an inadequate way.

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This is an excellent and well needed thread. When things lives are at stake due to human error or neglect it is upsetting.

If I may be so bold as to add my method for tubing up larger arboreals for posting:

First off you will need a tall deli/yogurt pot with lid (pierce a few holes in lid and a few in container), toilet roll tube, kitchen paper and a poking thing
!image

Fold a small square of kitchen paper and place on bottom of the deli pot.
image

Set the toilet roll tube in the centre of the deli pot.
image

Coil the kitchen roll around the toilet roll tube, pushing it down tight as you go.
image

Continue to this nearly to the top.
image

Then carefully pull out the toilet roll tube. You are then left with a perfect padded cell for your beloved arboreal to sit in. Give it a little spray with some water before inserting tarantula.
image

Fold up another small square of kitchen roll, fold in the corners slightly and place this on top of tarantula.
image

Lid on and there you go.
image

Pack in box much the same way PeterUK has shown you but perhaps use a taller box. I hope this helps a few of you who choose to pack in an inadequate way.

Very helpful. It's just the getting the large nasty arboreal into the packaging that worries me....
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