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Do you want to see my tarantula spiders?

(30 Posts)
hiddenhome Tue 10-Sep-13 17:55:13

Here smile

LEMisdisappointed Tue 10-Sep-13 17:56:30

Can't see them sad

hiddenhome Tue 10-Sep-13 17:56:54

Oh, I haven't done it properly sad

hiddenhome Tue 10-Sep-13 17:57:05

What do you do?

hiddenhome Tue 10-Sep-13 17:57:34

is this it?

hiddenhome Tue 10-Sep-13 17:58:11

another one here

hiddenhome Tue 10-Sep-13 17:58:50

another one here

hiddenhome Tue 10-Sep-13 17:59:18

and again

LEMisdisappointed Tue 10-Sep-13 18:23:38

Awww, those are very cute - am envy

WowOoo Tue 10-Sep-13 18:25:30

What do they eat?
Have you named them anything?

hiddenhome Tue 10-Sep-13 18:34:16

They eat live crickets. I keep two sizes of cricket as I have two small tarantulas.

Popcorn - Chilean Rose
Curly Wurly - Honduran Curly Hair - a little one
Smiffy - Mexican Red Knee
Albie - Honduran Curly Hair - sub adult
Snowflake - Brazilian Black - another little one

They are all friendly and can be handled, but I don't handle them much as I don't think they enjoy it really.

smile

hiddenhome Tue 10-Sep-13 18:35:09

For some strange reason, Albie has glow in the dark eyes confused

hiddenhome Tue 10-Sep-13 18:36:20

I don't know whether you can see its eyes glowing on this picture.

GetStuffezd Tue 10-Sep-13 18:36:49

They are beautiful creatures but I couldn't even contemplate having them near me. Scared shitless of them.

hiddenhome Tue 10-Sep-13 18:38:34

Oh, honestly, they're pussycats smile They're not really like normal spiders. They just amble around in a fluffy, fuzzy haze and they're not fierce or anything. They don't even hunt, they just sit and wait until a cricket walks past then they grab it. They make carpets of web on the floor of their enclosures. They're really cute and each one is different.

nothruroad Tue 10-Sep-13 18:44:56

Can I ask a tarantula question? Are they fast like house spiders? And do they move in the same horrifying way? I'm really scared of spiders and want to do an arachnophobia course but a lot of the ones I've read about use tarantulas and I'm not as scared of them as house spiders somehow.

hiddenhome Tue 10-Sep-13 20:50:32

They can get a burst of energy on, but they use hydraulics and not muscles to move their legs, so they have a limited amount of energy. They only run in the wild to get away from danger.

SisterMatic Tue 10-Sep-13 20:56:29

I am scared of them but I appreciate their beauty. I have never touched one, I think I would...so long as they didn't run towards my face.

Mojavewonderer Tue 15-Oct-13 13:55:43

Ahhhhhh spiders!!
<Runs away screaming>

Ge0rgina Wed 20-Nov-13 14:53:41

Terrifying! haha

Gileswithachainsaw Wed 20-Nov-13 14:54:40

Aw they are beautiful smile

Lucky you!!

ghostonthecanvas Wed 20-Nov-13 14:56:56

Ffs. They are right there. On the thread........ grin

Spiders reduce me to tears. So do kids though and I have too many of them.

moldingsunbeams Wed 20-Nov-13 15:05:41

I want one but dd has the biggest spider phobia sad

mrsWast Wed 20-Nov-13 15:18:41

i hate spiders but these are lovely. do they bite? do they get used to you? how often do they shed?

mummylin Wed 04-Dec-13 17:33:23

I held one once in a friends pet shop. It was fine until it sort of jumped off my hand and went on the flloor ! Then I was scared. But not normally scared of spiders as a rule. It looks a lovely creature though

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