Saturday, 20 August 2016

Getting My First Tarantula

Today i adopted my first ever Tarantula, i have wanted a T since i was a little girl, yes i've always been weird and talking to people today they can remember me going on and on about a particular T that i wanted after seeing it in a reptile house on a trip with my family. Well that T was the Pinktoe (Avicularia avicularia) native to Costa Rica, Brazil and the Southern Caribbean. I mean look at their little foot nubs, they're baby pink and something in little Amy thought that that was the most adorable thing she ever did see on a spider.

Of course it's taken me about 12 years to take the dive into owning one, whilst i'm not afraid of insects*, including spiders (i get that very much from my dad) i always assumed they'd be a hassle to keep requiring all sorts of expensive equipment. Turns out whilst some probably do there are many that do not and my little Pinktoe is one of those.

Pinktoe's are a new world arboreal species, this means they have urticating hairs and live high up opposed to on ground. They are docile but can run and jump very quickly and will flee rather than fight, they have a unique defence which involves flicking their faeces at potential predators. Whilst they do have urticating hairs they can not flick them off of their abdomen.

They are often a favourite for beginner's due to their docile nature and easy keep. I bought Rhodon with the cage he was already in to reduce any stress but i'm looking to replace it soon as it doesn't have as much height as i feel an arboreal species should have.

Believe it or not, until today i had never held a tarantula, so whilst being near a tarantula would not worry me actually having contact with one made me a little nervous. Rhodon is so light and fluffy though that it put my nerves to rest quickly and the more you do something the less out of the ordinary it becomes.

*with the exception of wasps/hornets, they terrify me dearly.

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