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Posted 3/22/15 , edited 3/22/15
I picked a really boring species to start with as an owner, but she's proven to be quite the handful and tons of fun to handle and care for.

Her name's Penny, and she's a G. Rosea. Run of the mill "beginner" species but if anything she's one of the most temper-mental inverts I've ever had the pleasure of caring for. One day nice and slow and gentle, the next she's a killing machine that tries to eat the straw I use for temperment checking!

These two shots are of the first day I got her and had her in the new enclosure I put together. I tried to keep it simple with the half-log and the water-dish.






Here's a recent shot of her out of her hide, a really rare thing as of late!




Now this is a neat one. I snapped this when she was working on her burrow in the half-log hide I bought for her enclosure, look at how much substrate she tried kicking out! She cleaned out the entrance afterwards and it's all opened up now as you could see in the previous image.



This was when she got mad at the webbing of her half-log's entrance for some reason and started poking at it and striking at it. Must've been a bad breeze making her all antsy.




Anyways, that's the last of the pictures I've kept of her on my laptop.
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Posted 3/22/15 , edited 3/22/15
Neat tarantula. I've always been an insect and arachnid enthusiast and spent most of my time capturing and studying and reading about them in my childhood. I tend to like all creepy crawlies most people fear. Snakes are favorable in my eyes, for instance. They are cute. Reading entomological material was a big part of how I learned English, actually. Without those interesting reading materials, I would never have picked up English nearly as well.

I was also an entomology major a while and was paid to do those high school insect collection projects. Also worked in an entomological quarantine. Fun times.

That being said, I've never really had much experience in the way of tarantulas, even though I think they are quite interesting and I do love spiders. I can identify differences between tarantulas and other groups of spiders, and I know how to handle them, but I've never had one of my own as a pet so I'm not familiar with all the species in the pet trade. I've kept large jumping spiders, praying mantids, scorpions, snakes, but never a tarantula.

What do you normally feed her? Crickets? I've met keepers who had tarantulas big enough to easily tackle mice. And one guy gave his a goldfish once. Not sure if that's healthy, haha.

From my experience, the way to handle any small creature is to coax it onto your hand so that it thinks of your hand as the ground. I don't normally poke them with small objects unless the objects are prey on the end of feeding tongs. Tarantulas sometimes use their fangs to help themselves cling onto a surface and people freak out, thinking they are being bitten.
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Posted 3/22/15
Is it weird that I'm creeped out by spiders but think tarantulas are fine?
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That's terrifying.

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I was afraid to open this and my fears were realized when i did.


But i give a respect shout-out for those that like tarantulas.
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Posted 3/23/15 , edited 3/23/15
I think spiders can be cute. My favorites are the jumping spiders and the orb weavers.

I remember taking a ski-lift-like thing in Taiwan last time I was in the central forested area of Pu-Li when visiting an entomological museum. The webs were so massive you could see them stretched over trees or bridging large gaps between them. I was at least 40 feet above the tree line and could still identify spiders sitting in their webs. They were fist-sized and built strong webs. You could toss small pebbles at them and the webs would hold the pebbles up.

I think these were the spiders that my grandma always mentioned in her supernatural folktales. It's either these or the huntsmen spiders since I know we have those in Taiwan, too.
Posted 3/23/15
burn this thread with fire and nuke from orbit to be sure
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Posted 3/23/15
I would cry if that were in my house. Even in a cage. No jokes, I would honestly cry.

But kudos for finding something you enjoy.
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Posted 3/23/15
yeah, i hate spiders, but trantulas are cool.
saw one once in the forrest near my house in the wild.
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Tarantulas are the only arachnid/insect (yes i know they're not insects) that i'd probably not cry in fear at seeing out of cage because it's the only arachnid i know wouldn't really bite me. That does not mean i will ever touch one. Even for a million bucks. My reaction to any other spider would be like this.

That's not me either if you think it is. Just a random reaction picture on google images.
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I want something like this.
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Why in the world did I, an arachnophobe, decide to go to this thread ?
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