... whenever I use my long tweesiers to gently touch the back legs or abdoman all 3 will turn around and bite my tweesiers then run. ...
I'd bite you too if you prodded me with a piece of metal! Others use artist's paint brushes and chop sticks. I can't imagine what you people are thinking!
If you're going to handle a tarantula both you and the tarantula have to become accustomed to the process. The tarantula has to learn what the hand of man feels like (and probably other senses we can't even guess at) so it can differentiate between your hand and a chunk of cutlery, and how to act as a result. And you need to know how to pick it up so both it and you feel safe.Please don't do that again.
... I have been in the hobby for about a year now ...
Okay, you're not really a newbie anymore, but I'm going to treat you as one for the time being because it's more efficient that way.
BINGO! YOU SAID THE MAGIC PHRASE!
To make sure that you're starting out on the right foot and have been introduced to all the basic issues, I'm going to begin with my soon-to-be-world-notorious NEWBIE INTRODUCTION
If I'm mistaken, I apologize. But, even if you aren't a newbie I suggest that you read through it for review. (I just LUVS
doing this!) Please stand by while I load the canned message.
HEY PEOPLE! WE'VE GOT ANOTHER NEWBIE HERE!
Cue the mariachis, the confetti, and the clowns.
Let's start the party!
firebird, please don't be offended! I've been messing with tarantulas longer than most people on this forum have been alive, and I still consider myself a newbie. I'm just having a little fun with you.
Okay, let's get down to business. First, the pleasantries:"Welcome to the hobby!"
"Welcome to these forums!"
Now, to get you started on the right foot I urge you to read the following webpages.Stan's Rant
- A little initial boost in the right direction.BE SURE TO READ AND HEED THE WARNINGS!
They'll save you a bundle of cash and maybe a few dead tarantulas!BE SURE TO READ THE BOOKS!
The books will not only answer all your questions, but will also answer all the questions you hadn't thought to ask!Myths, Misconceptions, and Mistakes Perpetuated by Tarantula Enthusiasts
- A growing list of bad information in the hobby. Be sure to explore all the links.
And since you already have a Chilean rose tarantula (Grammostola rosea
) you definitely should also read Care and Husbandry of the Chilean Rose Tarantula
- How NOT
to let your Chilean rose tarantula drive you to the funny farm!
Lastly, you should read Substrate
to get to the down and dirty
of the situation.
Additional Thoughts:Good Starting Philosophy:
Most newbies start out trying to make tarantula care as complicated as possible, fretting over all sorts of silly things. For the beginner at least, and for most of us experienced aficionados as well, the best philosophy is, SIMPLE IS BETTER!
As long as it supplies the basic necessities, the simpler your tarantula's cage is, the less there is to go wrong.The Search Function:
Don't take this as a criticism, but if you don't already know about it, please learn to use the Search
function at the top of the page. It'll save us all a lot of time and effort. Most novices and even many seasoned enthusiasts fail to appreciate that 95+% of all tarantula issues have already been addressed, sometimes ad nauseam
, on these forums. All you need do is look for the discussions.A Basic Operating Principle:
If you can't find an answer to your concern using the Search
function (after all, search engines are far from perfect), by all means ask us. Remember,"The only dumb questions are the ones you don't ask."
"And, dumb questions are always easier to deal with than dumb mistakes!"
"We aims to please."Lastly, has no one told you?
THE TARANTULA KEEPER'S LAMENT
Like those potato chips,
you can't have just one!
You've been warned!(And, we offer a tip of the ol' hat and our profound thanks to the Frito-Lay Company for institutionalizing the progenitor of this little joke.)
Visit the webpages. Read the warnings. Read the books. Watch these forums. Do the searches.DON'T DO ANYTHING ANYBODY TELLS YOU UNLESS ITS CONFIRMED IN ONE OF THOSE BOOKS, OR WE CONFIRM IT HERE!IGNORE THE !@#$%! CARE SHEETS!
Then, get back to us with any concerns you may have. We're here to help.
Again, you need to read, READ, READ
Lastly, it would help a lot if you would post several photos of your tarantula from several different angles
, and several photos of its cage from several different angles
. A few cell phones work okay, but most can't focus close enough, and proper focus is very important. If at all possible use a better camera. Maybe borrow one from a family member or friend? A picture is worth 1000 words! Besides, "We LUVS pichers!"End Canned Message
... my first T was an Haplopelma Lividum lol ... the T was dehydrated and huddled in the corner and on sale for $10.00. ...
I was going to say, "Not the wisest choice for a beginner!" But, that was a great deal and I would have done the same.
... I purchased the T and with my lack of knowledge decided to also purchase the Tarantula Keepers Guide thank God lol. ...
What can I say? How about I keep it simple and say, "Thanks for the plug!" (Really people, I didn't program him to say that! Honest!)
... I have always had a fear of spiders but have become extremely intrigued since that day. I still have Bu the H. Lividum to this day and have to my wife's objection added a few more lol i am up to 28 mostly slings between 1-3 inches and few juveniles. Reading through the keepers guide was what got me hooked, ...
The book has been accused of that before. Almost a subversive manual, as though I were starting a series of cells around North America or the world! Move over Al-Qaeda!
... the only way i handle them is by placing a clear plastic cup in their enclosure and coaxing them into it with my long forceps and putting a lid on it so i can clean out or change enclosures. ...
WARNING: INCOMING, UNABASHED, SELF-SERVING STATEMENT!
If this sort of thing offends you, please move to the next post in this thread, or to the next thread.
I didn't know where to put this, so I guess this is as good a place as any. Handling tarantulas is discussed at length in both of the last two editions of the book:TKG2:
Read beginning on page 136, "Handling."TKG3:
Read beginning on page 184, "Personal Contact - One on One." Between the two, this one's discussion is far better. If you don't have this one, go to a public library and check a copy out. BE SURE TO READ THIS EDITION'S HANDLING SECTION!
Which edition do you have? Visit Tarantula Keeper's Guide
and compare the covers or the publication data.
... 1 exception though I have A 3 inch G. Pulchra that behaves in a way i thought spiders could not. It somehow knows when I enter my spider room and it walk to the wall nearest to where i sit and places its foot on the glass and sits there until i leave and it goes back into its hide, When i open its enclosure to clean the water dish and leftover food it will watch me for a bit and then decide to crawl up the side just to the edge closest to my position and stick 1 leg in the air, So after this has happened a few times I decided to put my hand close and see what happens, So i put the enclosure on the floor sat down next to it took the lid off and sure enough after a few minutes it was on the edge i placed my hand out it felt my hand at first then climbed up and walked to the center of my palm and sat there for a bit I was nervous but once i put my hand in its enclosure it walked right off. ...
You almost bring tears to my eyes! I've been telling people that they do this for years, even decades! I've even been involved in some minor flame wars as a result. It's great to know that someone else's also does the same thing!
Ahhh! Vindication is sweet!
Now, buy a small package of ping pong balls. Wash them thoroughly in mild dish soap water, and rinse them well, twice
. (This removes a lot of the manufacturing chemicals.) Carefully drop one into each of your larger tarantulas' cages. Then, post both photos and your written report to Ping Pong?
There! I've done enough damage. I'll leave you now to do your homework. YOU NEEDS TO DO YOUR HOMEWORK!