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Arthur J. Lewis - 2007-06-25
I live in Oklahome and have picked up the alleged brown Tarantula. They have very long, very black, very sharp fangs. Upon measuring the fangs, I found it to be 1/2 inch long. While measuring it the spider bit repeatedly at the measuring stick. When I dropped it the spider took up attack posturing and came towards me. I captured it in a can and let it calm down undisturbed. After about ten minutes I looked in the can and gently put a long stick into the can turning the spider over for inspection. The spider struck at the stick repeatedly squirting clear venom along the bottom of can. My neighbor was watching closely while I did this and became scared when it started venom squirting from the sharp black fangs. The venom is of sufficient toxicity to make small children very ill. Be careful if you catch a wild Brown Tarantula here in Oklahoma, you will see how vicious they can get when messed with like a child does when at play.

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Jonny - 2007-05-30
I dont like my pet so much after he nearly attempted to kill me >=[. I tried to touch him and he keeps running or biting me so i wore rubber dishwasher gloves and he bit right through them and through my fingernail. it took 2 months for my fingernail to grow back because i had to remove it due to severe penetration and infection. he is a mad spider, he has bit me like 4 times now and left 1 fully permanent scar from accidently "hooking" its fang to my top of hand and ripped the skin. it never shot hairs at me though. it also ran away and scared my sister like crazy because it went on her bed. dont touch the spider or put him on your hand because he once went on my hand and would never get off. if you push him off, he'll bite you and go back on. and he puts webs all over your hand and if you try to pull the web out he'll bite you and run up your arm.

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myspace.com/BeastInsideMe - 2007-05-26
I just got my first Pink toe a few weeks ago. Infact she's technically my first tarantula. I've worked with them before and have taken care of other peoples tarantulas, but she's MY first. I couldn't be happier. I love my new friend Beaarthurmew (the name is a looooong story). She's still quite small so she's set up in a five gallon for now. She's made an awesome web in her live angel plant that seems to get bigger and bigger everyday. The only thing that I'm a little concerned about is I'm not sure if she's eating the crickets I put in her tank. I've never seen her even touch the bottom of the tank where the crickets are and I dont know if the crickets are making there way up the plant. I'm sure she's ok and I'm just being a paranoid "new mom" she looks fat and happy. I'm still gonna experiment with different live food and see if she likes something better.

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matthew - 2007-05-13
My Chilean Rose Hair molted last night. I actually thought it was dead at first. Then this morning my son thought it multiplied due to the exoskeleton right next to it. it looked really weak but now after a few hours its regaining some weight or bulk and looks healthier. Best pet I have.
Matthew

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Marc Frick - 2007-05-11
I have owned rose hair Tarantula's for over 14 years. First, as far as handling, I recommend a person putting the hand in the tank first, check your Tarantula's response, then gently nudging from behind, urge the tarantula to your hand. 'Rosies' can vary much in their behaviour. avoid loud noises in the area, any violent movements, etc. when handling any Tararantula. Any fall from even 2 feet could be fatal to a tarantula

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Lori - 2007-05-08
We have had our male rose-hair tarantula for 3 months now and have already experienced one molt. That has to be the weirdest thing ever. We kept the old skin and my son loves to show it to his friends. The tarantula was given to us as a gift and we were told it is around 9 yrs. old now. This one was not bred in capitivity. It was originally found in the southern-most part of the desert in Utah, where we live. He is very tame and has a great temperment.

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Greg Keney - 2007-05-07
I just recieved my first Antilles Pinktoe spiderling a week ago. Its no bigger than a dime. I noticed that it was the most active of the 5 spiderlings that came with the order (King Baboon, Chaco Golden Knee, Brazilian Red and White, and Brazilian Salmon-Pink Birdeater). So far, it seems to be doing well. I have it in small circular plastic container that is ~3 times taller than wide. Its an empty Parmesean Cheese container. I drilled many small holes all over the outside for ventilation with a moto-tool and several in the top cap. The snap top features makes it easy to add food and water. I placed a small branch in the container for climbing and turned the small deli cup, used for shipping the spiderling, upside down on the top of the branch. It has webbed up the inside of the deli cup with several strands attached to the branch. It seems to spend most of its time up there. I'll move it to a larger container when it grows a bit. I keep it on top of the fridge, towards the backside, as there is a noticable current of warm air from the condenser coils. This situation provides off and on ventilation as the fridge cycles and the warm air flows up and then across the top due to the cabinetry. For high humidity, I add about a cc of water per day to the bed-a-beast substrate, and spray the outside of the deli cup with a syringe, where a few drops of water pool up along the upside down cup ridge. We'll see if this configuration provides the humidity and ventilation for good husbandry.

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Ryan - 2007-05-07
I love my Pink-Toed Tarantula! I am in a fraternity at Wichita State University and everyone that sees it, even if they don't like spiders, are fascinated. I have had many spiders in my younger years, but they are great if you can't have a pet (dog, cat etc). They are low maintenance and fun to watch. Today, there was two people who handled Charlet, that's her name, and she is a very humble spider. Charlet has never bitten anyone. The only thing she does is hop around. It's cool. Tarantula's are interesting insects.

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jay - 2007-05-06
I have just recently gotten a rose-hair, she is about 4.5 years old and as of yet i have not handled her. She looks beautiful and i know that she has been well cared for. The kids love looking at her, my wife has a fear of spiders but even she has shown an interest. Hopefully, i'll get lots of years of fun from her. Jay

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terri - 2007-04-27
I got my rose-hair when I was 15 and I am now 27. My 12 year old spider is in great health (she is big and beautiful). I took in another tarantual because her owner couldn't keep her any longer and I have had her for 6 years. My children love to look at them and help me feed them. If you are thinking about a rose-hair I recommend it, they really are wondeful, just make sure that you know that you could have it for a very long time. Both have a great temperment and don't mind being held, as long as you respect them and watch for signs of anger or stress. Bring your arachnophobic friend over... watch them change their mind about spiders! They really are great pets.

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