Jackuul wrote:Ms. Fuzzy, Sweetie, Cherry, followed by the unsexed (you can't tell if a spider is a boy or girl until they are much much older and have molted a few times) Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta and Epsilon.
They're all I have left now.
Jackuul wrote:@pitbullmamaliz and katiek0417: A lot of people, as you know, view pitbulls with revulsion and fear, and the same is true with tarantulas, as myths and rumors about them being deadly, poisonous, or flesh eaters are on par with pits having a "locking jaw" "strongest bite" and "always mean". Before I had them (tarantulas) I was actually severely impacted by arachnophobia. However I started getting rid of that by getting the babies (they're not pictured here) and getting used to them, followed by these sub-adults. Genus Grammostola is very docile, and they don't get nearly as big as the T. blondi (goliath bird eating spider - it's actually unable to eat birds and it can't even jump, as a fall from a distance of mere inches can kill it due to its abdomen being fragile in the commonly seen obese specimens) which can grow past one foot from front left leg to back right leg. The rosies will likely max out between 6-8 inches from leg to leg, and the baby pulchras likely will reach around the same size, although it will take them a decade.
Jackuul wrote:There are tarantulas that will strike at you out of fear - but it is defensiveness and almost never ever aggression... they consider their tanks as their homes, and their hides especially as their sanctuary. Invaders in the wild are likely to eat them - so they have to have some defensive measures. New World Tarantulas (fuzzy butts like the rosies and the blondi) all have what are called urticating hairs (they break off and cause irritation) which they can kick at you. Because of this, they are actually docile, since they have a loaded weapon they can use. Thankfully Grammostola hairs have little to no effect on humans - however blondi's, even without kicking, can cause some irritation to rashes because their hairs target primates (think of yourself as a new world monkey, and there's this huge spider that tastes good to you [lets say like shrimp]... thus the huge spider eventually evolves hairs that make them undesirable to you and cause you irritation).
pitbullmamaliz wrote:I believe pics were also posted of the camel spiders - I think it was with soldiers. It was gigantic and I couldn't sleep for days.
I know it's irrational, but I fear that every spider is going to leap off the wall at me. That's what I get for watching "Arachnophobia" once. *shudder* I can handle snakes, but no spiders. If it has more than 4 legs it creeps me out.
amazincc wrote:Well... that little face actually IS cute...
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