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Egg Sac Pull Advice

Hagraven

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The spiders in many of the videos I've seen hold onto their work while the keeper pulls at the eggsac.
I've see a few videos that showcase a mother who really struggles to hold on, and some where the mother doesn't- it seems that most of them are understandably exhausted.

Is it ever common for a mother T to go on the defensive and attempt to strike the keeper during these situations? Or are they typically entirely focused on the "tug of war" and afterwards content to retreat or simply allow the keeper to walk away (nevermind how heartbreaking it appears to be!)

Thanks in advance!
 

ta122

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Yes, the female can become defensive. Depending on where she's located, you can attempt to cup her. Just be careful how you grab the sac and how momma is hanging on. Sometimes, she impales babies if she's really fighting. The quicker you take it, the less damage is done. Use two sets of tongs, one to hold her back. Toss her a roach or a cotton ball to distract her once you've gotten the sac.
 

Arachnoclown

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I use the tongs and stick method for all tarantulas arboreal or terrestrial. Some fight more then others but the results are always the same. Very rarely have I had casualties. Mom's are still pretty gentle. Here's a old video to check out.
 

Hagraven

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Yes, the female can become defensive. Depending on where she's located, you can attempt to cup her. Just be careful how you grab the sac and how momma is hanging on. Sometimes, she impales babies if she's really fighting. The quicker you take it, the less damage is done. Use two sets of tongs, one to hold her back. Toss her a roach or a cotton ball to distract her once you've gotten the sac.
Appreciate it
 

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