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My spiders

Discussion in 'Arachnids and Other Bugs' started by Gatorpit, Feb 15, 2010.

  1. Budboy88

    Budboy88 Good Dog

    ok im going to ask another stupid question... How bad does it hurt when one of these things bite you??
  2. Aescleah

    Aescleah Puppy

    o my what pretty spiders i hope you get a chance to post more pics very nice

  3. hogar

    hogar Good Dog

    makes sense I would not want to handle them I am not a fan of spiders do not mind them outside or in a barn for insect control but not in my house but thats just me
  4. Poisoned

    Poisoned GRCH Dog

    Well, it certainly differs depending on the type of spider and the venom... When my girl got me, it felt like an highly amplified bee sting. Well, two of them... Grammostola Rosea's such as her have a mild venom and don't hurt as much as more dangerous species.
  5. Galadriel

    Galadriel Good Dog

    New World species, like Grammastola and Aphonopelma, are hair kickers and have mild venom. Painful, but not dangerous, unless of course you happen to be part of the 3% of the population who's allergic to those particular peptides.
    Old World tarantulas, pokies, baboons and what not, DON'T flick hair but many have a much more medically significant venom, though there is no species of tarantula (that we know of yet) that would be considered deadly to humans.
    For the record, I don't handle mine either. I'm allergic to the urcticating hairs of no New Worlds and the Old worlds are too hot (toxic) for my liking. Inverts and reptiles don't reciprocate affection like furry critters do. Some may come to tolerate being handled, but none of them truly enjoy it. I love them for what they are, know what they are NOT, and respect their boundaries.
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  6. Elvia

    Elvia Little Dog

    My Dream Girl LOL "Shelly"


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