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Old 02-11-2013, 06:58 AM
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I got some really neat pictures of my tarantulas today. Might try for more tomorrow, Valeria got peeved and haired me so that was the end of it, don't want to annoy my babies....also fangs. I don't like fangs.

Grammostola rosea, named Valeria. She is so adorable, I love spider faces, sooooo precious. Being haired by her was not so precious but she tolerated me and my camera (which accidentally flashed a few times) for quite a while, so who can blame her?



Brachypelma boehmei, named Melinda. She is a juvenile, so not as bright, fuzzy, or large as she will be when grown. She is 2 or 3 inches now. She may be a B. emilia, we aren't sure yet, but it should be more obvious as she grows up.



"I'm cute! Look! CUTE!"


Tarantula toes are the best toes


I'm hoping that through exposure of my beloved pets online and in person that we can help change the perception of spiders as monsters. May be a tall order, but if we even get one person to think twice about stepping on one of these beneficial arachnids, we've done well. I have kept true spiders for many years, including venomous ones (I adore black widows), and I recently got into tarantulas when one of my most beloved specimens passed away and I wanted a longer lived arachnid to soothe my broken heart. I have also kept giant roaches, praying mantids, stick insects, beetles, grasshoppers, leaf insects, and currently have a colony of leafcutter bees.

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Old 02-11-2013, 08:36 AM
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good shots there im not a spider lover myself (seeing as i accidentally broke my mums arm on one occassion when a spider popped up, oops) but i do like watching them if their in their own home with a divide between us haha, nice to see someone on here who looks after tarantulas
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> perception of spiders as monsters

don't know if you will EVER convert me...... but........ nevertheless, I can tolerate pics (alittle) and a divide between us........ I can't see the pics here at work but will check them out when I get home.... the graphic site used is not allowed here *cry*

I saw a big spider outside my home on a nice web.... under the eave of my house..... since I was taking a photography class at the time I thought I would try to photograph it even though I know I have a HUGE phobia with spiders(and Mice).... I got a ladder, climb quite high... focused the camera.... and about that time I SWEAR I felt something crawling up my pants leg....... I nearly fell off that ladder!!.... when I got to the ground I 'schucked' my pants right there and then.... thank goodness I lived in the country at the time or my neighbors would have gotten an eyefull........ needless to say, I do not photograph spiders anymore......... LOL
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I had a tarantula a few years back, a chili rose. Wasn't very big but it still scared the bejeezers out of me! Was given it by a family member who no longer wanted it. I was fine all the time it was in its tank but if it had ever come out I would have either died on the spot or been gone in a cloud of dust. Why I took it I will never know. I took it to a pet blessing at the local church once (don't ask) and had to carry it down there in a little tank with a handle. It was going nuts and was running up and down the sides, it made me feel ill, I had to keep putting it down!
The only plus was that it has mainly cured me of my spider phobia as now your normal every day house spiders look pathetic in comparison. I will however say, it's the only pet I've had where i was relieved that it died! Sorry!


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And moonfall..... You're nuts. 😜


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Dare I ask what you feed them? (Bleurgh in advance!). Mine only ate crickets as it was quite small but that was traumatic enough. I always wanted to give it hoppers but I couldn't bring myself to do it!
I can understand the fascination with them, they are beautiful in a creepy weird sort of way but its the way they walk that freaks me out. I kind of tolerated mine because it spent 95% of its life under a piece of bark and didnt move. I was fine until someone told me they shoot hairs at you if you cheese them off that can make you go blind if you get them in your eyes. I decided at that very moment I was never touching it!


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Oh and also I was told if you drop them they burst! Oh god, I'm gonna hurl! Lol 😖


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They are beautiful girls.
I had two Tarantulas in the past, a Mexican Red Knee (Brachypelma Smithii) named Robert (She was a girl, I named her after Robert Smith from The Cure) and a curly haired (Brachypelma albopilosum) named Lucrezia Borgia. They were fascinating pets.
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