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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Drago, Jan 15, 2017.

  1. Drago

    Drago New Member

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    Hello all, I am new here but very excited to be part of this community! I have been toying with the idea of getting myself a tarantula for a few years now, but have never felt as ready as I am now. My only problem is that I feel as though I'm going to be nervous to handle/put my hand in the enclosure. This is a worry for me as I really love and respect tarantulas and would love to see such a beautiful creature join in with my animal menagerie! So I guess I'm in need of some tips to get over worry of tarantulas, remember I'm a complete newbie so I don't know too much in general about these little guys (though I'll be doing much more research once I find a species I seem to like) so does anyone have experience and can put my irrational fears to rest?
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Hi and welcome.
    You don't need to handle your tarantula, they don't enjoy it. Most of us use tweezers or tongs to remove rubbish from their enclosures.
    Are you thinking of buying a sling or a juvenile?
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    Thank you for the quick response! I'm not 100% sure which I'm going to get quite yet, but I'm leaning more towards a juvie as I think they'll be a bit bigger and maybe easier for me to care for, but if you think a sling would be better I'd definitely listen to your suggestion!
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    It's your decision, whichever you feel happiest with. Some people prefer to start with a juvie, others like to begin with a sling so they can watch them grow and develop their adult colours. I began with a juvie but it wasn't long before I was tempted to buy my first sling and I'm sure you'll soon get more, it is a very addictive hobby.
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    Best advice I can give you is if you can't resist the urge to handle your tarantula then I advise you to do a bit of research and get a new world species.. most new world species have weak venom and seem to be the most docile. Keep in mind it's a unpredictable spider.. just because you can hold it today doesn't mean it'll be the same tomorrow.. they have cranky moods just like us. And IF you choose to hold it then for your sake take the soft end of a paintbrush or a straw and lighty touch it's back end.. if it casually walks forward you should be ok but never make sudden movements and never for any reason hold your T high in the air.. I never raise mine more than 10-12 inches above the ground and even that is risky. And for your safety if the T raises its front legs and exposes fangs it's best to leave it alone or else you're gonna have a bad day
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    Hi I'm Steve .. I've been in the hobby for years on and off a new member is always welcomed in this hobby where sadly a lot of us are misunderstood..we keep over 150 here all different species


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    Hi and welcome.:)
    A new world, docile, species would be best to start out with. Especially if you are, or would be, a nervous first time owner. At least until you gain more experience & comfort.
    If you have any specific questions, just ask away.
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