Jackuul wrote:She wont bite, or flick hairs, but she runs away as if Godzilla just stomped on a store next to her whenever I say hi.
iluvk9 wrote:"flick hairs" ? What is that all about?
Jackuul wrote:iluvk9 wrote:"flick hairs" ? What is that all about?
Flicking hairs is a defensive mechanism where new world tarantulas can flick the hairs from their abdomen into the eyes and face of a creature attacking them (they do this when sniffed by something, such as a rodent that might eat them) which causes irritation or death. In humans this may not cause a single issue with many species of tarantula - unless you rub your eyes after handling them.
chewbecca wrote:Jumping spiders are SOOOOOOOOOO cute!
But I am pretty anti-anything with an exoskeleton.
It's not about a fear of them (though I think I'd DIE if one pierced my skin) by thinking they'll hurt me, it's more a fear of them...just touching me.
I fear the feel of them.
Their little exoskeleton parts with hairs sticking out their "bones".
I'm not as bad with spiders as I am with other bugs.
I will NOT touch roaches or crickets.
My husband is responsible for feeding the roaches to the geckos as I won't TOUCH them. EVER.
I deal with the worms because I can use tweezers to pick those up.
And believe me, super worms "squirt" liquid, and I found this out when one squirted liquid on me as I picked it up with tweezers.
I ABOUT DIED.
I could have cried.
Jackuul wrote:Don't feed superworms to anything.
They are horrible. I have seen lizards having died from those bity little bastards ripping a hole through their stomachs.
maberi wrote:Thanks for making me have to look up Gulo gulo
They are fragile when it comes to falls, as they are not built for climbing and are rather poor at it (roses and other terrestrials) but otherwise they are pretty robust and capable of fending for themselves.
One of the more ferocious is the Orange Baboon Tarantula, sometimes called the OBT and Orange Bitey Thing. However, you're only going to get tagged if you eff with it.
DemoDick wrote:maberi wrote:Thanks for making me have to look up Gulo gulo
Where I come from the old-timers call them Skunk Bears, but that is a very undignified name for one of the most bad-ass of all animals.
Now you know. And knowing is half the battle.
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