Advertisement I have a question regarding the handling of docile tarantulas. I do not handle my tarantulas, being a newbie and not wanting to risk an injury to the T or a bite to myself, it’s just something I’ve never attempted. I did once ask the question in here if handling does in fact help to tame the T in the sense that the T becomes used to it, becomes more accepting of being handled etc, needless to say I was met with a resounding ‘No, tarantulas do not get used to handling.’ Last night I was reading ‘The Tarantula Keepers Guide’ by Shultze, Stanley A & Marguerite J, and I came across the following paragraph. ‘Handling of the many, more mellow species of tarantulas is not only possible, but to some extent is to be encouraged. Perhaps the most important reason for this is that frequent handling will keep a pet tarantula quite docile for those times when it must be handled. In such circumstances both the handler and the handled will know what to expect and how to act, and the undertaking will proceed much more smoothly. One of the most stated reasons for keeping a tarantula is to be able to show it to guests and friends. If the keeper is accustomed to handling a pet and the pet is accustomed to being handled, a performance will be carried off much more smoothly in front of the uninitiated. The better we are at convincing our audiences that we know what we are doing, and that the tarantulas are nowhere near as dangerous as they’ve been advertised to be, the better the chances of acceptance and appreciation of tarantulas and other ‘crawlies’ by that audience in the future. Stripped of its euphemisms, it’s propaganda pure and simple. Tarantulas need all the public relations help they can get.’ ‘If they are handled or manipulated regularly, perhaps once a week thereafter, they tame down quite nicely. (pg 185/186) Now I’m confused. I have always believed this book to be pretty much the authority/bible on Tarantula Care. The book is referring to docile species only, with several caveats as in not to handle something that clearly isn’t docile even if described as, don’t handle premolt T’s, obviously never handle an old world, and take extra care when handling the giants such as Theraphosa and Lasiodora. Does anybody have any thoughts on this? Please no hate. It’s not my opinion I’m quoting a book perceived to be a valued and respected source in the hobby.