My Tarantulas (pics)
Besides my Fin-babies, and my fur-babies, I have some fang-babies.
here are a few of them.
Raiza a Grammostola rosea
Priscilla an Aphonopelma sp possibly hentzi
Nimbus an Avicularia metallica
Khan a Paraphysa scrofa
Kinuko a Chromatapelma cyanapubescans
Nyan a Poecilotheria ornata
Creepy but beautiful *shudders*
I handle some of them on occasion. Of the ones I put pictures of the first four are handleable and the last two aren't. The thing about handling is that it doesn't really enrich the spider in any way and it could be dangerous for the spider if they suffer a fall. That being said there are situations where a spider might do something unpredictable like run up your arm. In those instances I feel it is important to be accustomed to handling so you can remain calm and not fling your spider across the room. Handling is also a great way to warm people up to them.
The cyanapubescans is very skittish and the ornata is shy and defensive with a painful bite, that is why I do not intentionally handle those T's.
Mostly I think of them as like fish a viewing kind of baby rather than I hands on one. I've never been that great at distinguishing though...sometimes I will lightly pet my goldfish, or let them nibble my fingers.
The T's eat live insects. Mine eat a diet of crickets and lobster roaches with the occasional meal-worm. They only need to eat once a week or so.
Nike a Psalmopeous irminia (Not normally considered a handling species, they are fast and defensive)
I have to say that if something that big crawled on me, I'd probably die of a heart attack so the bite wouldn't be an issue.
But I think they're very cool. From a distance 8-)
What the heck is a "lobster roach"? It sounds disgusting! Do you have a pic of one?
For some reason spiders and snakes don't bother me one bit, but I HATE bugs, lol.
wow,nice from afar,
amazing how many people keep spiders.
i don't have a problem with bugs,it's the spiders that bother me.
Here is the pic of some lobster Roaches:
I am thinking of switching to dubia roaches though...Lobsters are fast and climb walls, Dubias can't climb and are slow.
They have a lot of good qualities. (tarantulas) They are very low maintenance, don't make noise, eat very little, don't spread disease to humans, don't require special lights or supplements.
But you do have to not be repulsed by them. :-) In my eyes they are beautiful and fascinating.
Very cool! Makes me want to get one. Chances are slim though because my mom hates both tarantulas and roaches
Euwww, yuck on the roaches!! :vomit:
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