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Best T to handle?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Stealth Taco, Aug 20, 2004.

  1. Stealth Taco

    Stealth Taco Arachnosquire Old Timer

    I realise that it really depends on the temperment of the spider and the willingness of the owner to handle a tarantula, however, I would just like an opinion, what tarantulas (IYO) are the most docile and easiest to handle?

    If anyone says Usambara I'm gonna die laughing {D
  2. Sequin

    Sequin Arachnobaron Old Timer

    Chaco golden knee
  3. Zoo Keeper

    Zoo Keeper Arachnosquire Old Timer

    Of the T's, I have or have had in the past, A. hentzi, B. albopilosum, B. emelia, G. rosea, and beleive it or not L. parahybana.
  4. Zorack

    Zorack Arachnobaron Old Timer

    well certinaly not a usmabra (P Murimus), i own one myself, i got my self a pair of extra long tweasers to remove dead crickets, it attacks anything that moves.... Anyway to the point..

    My Avic Avic is lovely, i dont handle it often (so i dont stress to it much), but when i do he/she is really nice, although it dont like comming onto my hand that much (proberly thinks im gonna eat it, lol), its only once shot poo at me, because my friend is really scared of spiders and when the spider touched him he totally freaked and it shot poo, this spider will not bite u or shoot hairs, it will only shoot u with poo :)

    heres a pic of me holding avic and a pic of its beauty, enjoy

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    Last edited: Aug 20, 2004
  5. hey Taco....OBT =D

    You can handle mine if you want...MUWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
  6. Randy

    Randy Arachnolord Old Timer

    i handle my OBT although they're not kinda docile and "friendly" type.. but so far so good, it did try to escape a few times but i always ask my friend to stand-by in case of an excape when i handle my obt so u can get an obt and try it out too!! but at own risk !! hahaha!!
  7. mouse

    mouse Arachnolord Old Timer

    out of all of mine .. i'll only pick up my rosie (she's the biggest right now), i will hold the curly hair and the rio grande gold (but my rio grande gold doesn't have the "sticky feet" like my rosie, so i'm kinda worried about it slipping and falling. my husband holds ALL of my T's..a.avic and his fav. the t.blondi.
    the rest is too little for me too hold (1/4 - 3/4" all eight slings).
    gonna get an OBT for hubby soon. he'd pick it up...just like he does the t.blondi ( it's only 2" right now, but he has it crawling all over him).
  8. Joy

    Joy Priestess of Pulchra-tude Old Timer

    Anything in the genera Eupalaestrus or Grammastola :)

  9. Brian S

    Brian S ArachnoGod Old Timer

    My G rosea and A avic are both docile enuff to handle even though I hardly ever do.
  10. I'm gonna vote G.rosea.
  11. MyNameHere

    MyNameHere Arachnobaron Old Timer

    I actually posted this Q about a month ago, but I'm having a hard time finding the thread to link to here.

    Anyway, the responses I got were typically in favor of Avicularia spp., Brachypelma spp., and Grammastola spp. With overwhelming favor to B. emilia and smithi (Mx Red Knee) and G. aureostriata (Chaco Golden Knee).
  12. Michael Jacobi

    Michael Jacobi RETIRED/RARELY USE AB Arachnosupporter

    I agree with Joy. (see above)

    The "Pink Zebra Beauty" - Eupalaestrus campestratus - is, IMO, the most docile tarantula in the trade and the best beginner "pet". I let kids pet their fangs. I make them "play dead" upside down in the palm of my hand. I've even put them in my mouth, but the several days of swelling reminded me that sometimes I am just plain stupid. Similar, but larger, is the "Chaco Giant Gold-knee" - Grammostola aureostriata, which is my favorite non-arboreal New World species. Contrary to popular opinion, some G. rosea - "Chilean Rose" - are not docile at all, but most are, and it is another popular choice. Then there's that jet black beauty Grammostola pulchra - "Brazilian Black". Stick with the these two genera as Joy wrote. Avics can be good for the more experienced handler, but are jumpy and fast; Brachys can be also good, but most are hardcore urticating hair flickers. Your sensitivity to these hairs will dictate whether you want to handle them - I don't. Of the Brachys, I think B. albopilosum is the best for handling (or B. smithi if you have a calm specimen and are not hypersensitive to urticating hairs like me).
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2004
  13. In some ways, the Aviculariae are better to handle. You have a lesser risk from the urticating hairs and you don't have to worry as much about the T falling. If I am showing someone how I handle my Ts, I use my very docile A. versicolor. I could use one of my Brachys but I don't want to take the risk of a fall.

    Karen N.
  14. MeteoRa

    MeteoRa Arachnoknight Old Timer

    Lasiodorides striatus......
  15. mick

    mick Arachnoknight Old Timer

    I'd have to say A.Versicolor as well. :)

  16. gusman1204

    gusman1204 Arachnosquire Old Timer

    do any of you guys handle pokies? i know they are dam fast but are they actually that agressive, im relatively new to the happyb but already got 10 T's and one of my last additions was 4" P. Regalis, his/her speed freaks me out but i still wonna try handlin eventualy :rolleyes:
  17. Joe1968

    Joe1968 Arachnoprince Old Timer

    well if asking for the "best" T to handle, i would say my adult A. versicolor, mine is very docile, she wont even move or wiggle around when i pick her up, she's very sweet.
  18. from what i have read, if they bite it will hurt. but hey it's your body.
  19. gusman1204

    gusman1204 Arachnosquire Old Timer

  20. as long as you know. i wish you luck.