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June 4, 2014 at 12:38 am #809061
600?!? Wow! That’s serious! And awesome! Seriously awesome!
Eventually, I want to get an A. versicolor and a C.cyaneopubescens. But before that, I want to set up the terrariums and practice temperature and humidity control. But before that, I have to make sure my wife is comfortable with the idea, and seeing them and watching someone interact with a T in real life might be more effective than pics and YouTube videos.
Any recommendations for exotic pet stores, dealers, or clubs?June 4, 2014 at 2:21 am #809062June 4, 2014 at 6:17 am #809063
Miws – eeek! Just had a flashback…that’s a little too realistic to my situation, lol. Good one. ;)June 4, 2014 at 12:57 pm #809064June 4, 2014 at 1:20 pm #809065
MM, I’ve kept both of those species in the past. Avicularia is a lovely genus. For sheer beauty, Poecilitheria are hard to beat, especially P. metallica. I’ve had P. regalis, but not P. metallica. There is an exhibit of communal P. regalis at the Woodland Park Zoo.
Sorry, I don’t know anyone in the business any more. Try to buy captive-bred. Most tarantulas are display pets; even those with more docile temperaments do not benefit from handling.
It’s very difficult to set up a perfect environment unless you have a separate room for spiders. I’d be happy to chat with you sometime if you’d like more advice. I used to have severe arachnophobia, so I understand where your wife is coming from. Tell her the truth, which is that tarantulas are beautiful, living art objects.June 4, 2014 at 9:35 pm #809066June 4, 2014 at 10:27 pm #809067
It would seem, judging by the various links and differences of opinion from professionals (ostensibly) noted here, that existence of “dangerous” spiders here in the PNW is significantly more contentious than that of man-made global warming.
Who’da thunk? ;-)
I have no arachnid in this fight so I’ll snark and run. :-)June 4, 2014 at 11:06 pm #809068
I have to admit, that I was a bit unnerved this morning, while performing my daily routine of picking through the bunches of grapes to add to the morning smoothie….
MikeJune 4, 2014 at 11:28 pm #809069
I don’t always check my fruit … but when I do, I make sure to double-check my grapes!June 5, 2014 at 12:37 am #809070
Wish I had not opened MM’s link — I know those ‘nids will be in my dreans tonight, all googly-eyed and headed towards me….June 5, 2014 at 11:27 pm #809071
When I find a spider, I very carefully get a piece of tissue and burn the house down. :)June 6, 2014 at 1:14 am #809072
I love spiders! What a great thread.
The husband disagrees. Swap “husband” and “wife” in PLS’s response up there and you get what happens around our house.
The cat (now departed) did not find them tasty and would just sit there and watch them run around.June 6, 2014 at 6:49 am #809073
Don’t forget the banana spider that might have gotten attached to the bunch by a sticker. True fact.June 6, 2014 at 8:47 am #809074
Aren’t True Facts really the *best* facts?
This thread is chock full of all sorts of awesomeness, from both sides.
I’m on the pro-spider side, but the first time I found one of those legendary giant house spiders up here, I freaked out with the best ’em! Four in the morning, turn on the kitchen light, six-to-eight-inch leg span, hearing the pitter-patter of eight little feet across the linoleum … napalming the entire zip code briefly seemed completely rational!June 6, 2014 at 2:20 pm #809075
Now I have to watch the bananas too?!?
That does it! No more fruits & veggies in my smoothies!
From now on they are going to consist of potato chips, ice cream, cheese, beef jerky, hotdogs, Spam, and lard!
MikeJune 6, 2014 at 3:09 pm #809076
How do you know those hotdogs don’t have at least have SOME spider in ’em, Mike??? ;-)
I like mine with spider, egg, sausage, spider, spider and more spider…June 6, 2014 at 4:51 pm #809077
Well, those would be dead, ground-up spiders.;-)
Also forgot to mention that donuts are gonna be part of the new smoothie!
MikeJune 6, 2014 at 7:59 pm #809078June 6, 2014 at 11:19 pm #809079
In the Amazon, natives catch large tarantulas, bind their legs, and roast them in palm leaves. When they’re done eating them, they use the inch-long fangs to clean their teeth.
I met someone who participated in such a ‘feast’. He assured me that it did not taste like chicken.June 7, 2014 at 1:56 am #809080
Hung the sheets out yesterday, and when I went to make the bed a large spider went tearing across the mattress and down under the headboard.
Then I got this in my Facebook feed: “Research shows that the more afraid of spiders you are, the more likely you are to see one in your bedroom … I am terrified of Johnny Depp.”
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