Advertisement And I know this is possible. Earlier this year, I had the privilege of meeting a tarantula (I forget if it was a rosie or a Red Knee) named Peanut. She was at an elementary school, on tour from a museum. The handler was holding Peanut in her hand, and allowing people to pet her abdomen. This tarantula might as well have been asleep. She was the calmest thing ever. I was volunteering at this exhibit, and I got to spend several hours with Peanut, and she never did anything to indicate stress or anger, even though hundreds of kids touched her. Her abdomen's hair was incredibly soft. When I asked the handler why Peanut was so calm, the handler said that Peanut had been around humans for most of her life, and did not associate them with danger. Does anyone know how I could train a tarantula to enjoy being handled?