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    02-07-2009, 10:23 PM
Originally Posted by BurningAmber520    
I think they are so awesome! I have always wanted to own one, my parents wont let me but when I move out in the near future I am definitely getting one. Can you handle them? Like pick them up and stuff?
There are some that you can. It all depends on what your willing to risk. A lot of these spiders are extremely expensive and it only takes, literally, a split second to them to run off and into the tiniest of cracks and be gone forever, or to fall, rupture their abdomine and die, Or you could always get bit.

The picture of the one that I wanted has some of the worst venom out of them all. They are definitely not a species that I would ever dream of holding. Its not bad enough to kill you, but its bad enough to cause temporary paralysis, trouble breathing, burning pain at the injection site, muscle cramps, muscle spasms, blurred vision, ect. LOL it wont kill ya but you might think it was!
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    03-23-2009, 12:58 AM
I love tarantulas... When I was younger, I had a couple of them... there was one we called "Sheep" that always seemed really big to me (I was young at the time, so it may not have been that grand.), and dad would take it out and let it crawl around on him... it was always so funny, because when we had company over stay their welcome, dad would just get out "Sheep" and walk around with him on his shoulder. XD
    03-30-2009, 02:54 PM
I think they are awsome! :) great pics! I'm actually more afraid of small spiders than tarantulas :P haha
I would deffinatly let one crawl on me :P
    03-30-2009, 04:14 PM
WOW. I don't think I could ever own one. I had a spider land on me last summer at my uncle's cottage, I was sitting at the table on a chair with my legs crossed and a towel draped over me. The spider came down from the deck upstairs and landed right in my lap, I didn't need it to bite me to be unable to breathe lol.

It was just a "little" water spider but still, it scared the crap out of me, especially since I was not expecting it AT ALL! Anyways I started to cry, everyone laughed at me, my dad swished it off and then I was alright again

But you used to have a fear of spiders as well? How long did it take you to get over your fear after you bought those tarantulas? I'd like to find out more about them now, it might just be the way I can get over my fear as well.
I think they're really pretty, I just don't like the way the crawl around. That's what gets me.

Also I heard that you can milk spiders for their venom?? Do you know anything about that? I'm assuming they don't just milk them to keep their venom out of their system, but for other reasons maybe? I'm also assuming that they can just "make" more venom for themselves, since it is a survial thing right? Lol.
    04-01-2009, 08:18 AM
Lucara, you and my sister should talk! She just loves tarantulas, and hs four so far---one of them a very beautiful blue cobalt! My sister and I are going to a reptile show in Indy next month to check out the ones there for sale. I had a rose-hair, but she died due to old age, I think. It was my son's, but I was the only one who would hold it----don't know if I'll get another one. Nice pics.!
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