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Little nervous about getting bit by my OBT (when it gets bigger). Tips on avoiding this?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by Anonymity82, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. Anonymity82

    Anonymity82 Arachnoprince

    I was rummaging through the "Bite Reports" under P. murinus and am now frightened :unsure: of being bitten. I am going to get it a KK and only open the little top plastic square to drop food in or pick out garbage. I am also only going to change housing when I absolutely have too and plan on dong the bag method. I can't afford a trip to the hospital so that's out of the question too. Does any experienced keepers have any other tips on how to avoid this? I wonder what the ratio is too (owners who own OBTs to owners who get bit). It just sounds absolutely horrible!

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    And I know, not having one would be the best prevention. So don't start with that :shame:
  2. Sweepstakes

    Sweepstakes Arachnopeon

    Just always be attentive when working with it and never underestimate it and you should be alright. Giving it the respect it and all other fast, defensive T's the respect they deserve will go a long way towards not getting bitten. You can also get a long pair of tweezers to do cage maintenance with.
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  3. Billeh

    Billeh Arachnosquire

    OBTs bites are painful and could last about a week of agony. However, unless your allergic to the venom, you most likely will not have to be hospitalized. As long as you respect your OBT and don't expect it to be cute and fuzzy, you'll be completely fine. Just take precautions and do transfers in a bath tub.
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  4. jayefbe

    jayefbe Arachnoprince

    On an off topic note, I love when people say that OBTs and other defensive OW tarantulas are fine and tell new keepers they aren't anything to worry about when all they own are 1/2 inch slings. There's a big difference between a sling and a 5" defensive as can be, fast as lightning, venom dripping tarantula.

    I personally work with absolute caution when it comes to any of my tarantulas. That means safety goggle when I pull out my big hair kickers for feeding/cage maintenance. Thinking ahead, using the correct tools, and always being aware and vigilant is what I do to avoid unwanted interactions with my tarantulas.
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  5. Anonymity82

    Anonymity82 Arachnoprince

    Thanks. I will definitely work with much caution. Just nervous about getting bit. I know no one has died but it's still pretty scary thinking about up to a weeks worth of muscle cramps and pain. I'm 190 lbs and only 5'8 so I'm hoping some extra chub and poor circulation will work in my favor if I do get bit LOL. I'll probably end up trading it or selling it when it gets older anyway. They don't bring in the big bucks but I could at least get an LP sling or something.

    How would you compare their defensive behavior with a H. mac? I want one of those too because they are so awesome looking, but again, they are highly venomous. It's not so much the venom that scares me but the likely hood that the T will use it.
  6. Sweepstakes

    Sweepstakes Arachnopeon

    My H. mac is only a half inch sling so I can't vouch for their adult behavior. However, my sling is FAST and I only expect it to get faster as it matures.
  7. Anonymity82

    Anonymity82 Arachnoprince

    My OBT is a sling too and very fast, but it hasn't tried to attack me the one time it got out. It ran all over my body but didn't bite or anything. Even when I put my hands in front of it. I'm hoping it stays the same but I know it will start to become highly defensive.
  8. Just respect the spider... ,most people get bitten by harrassing & poking at it...

    Use tongs / paintbrush / catch cup.. similar to caring for Pokies
    You wont get bit if your Smart enough... My only bite was from A. Anax (texas tan) trying to pinch grab it... I feel dumb
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  9. xhexdx

    xhexdx ArachnoGod Old Timer


    Read this:

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  10. catfishrod69

    catfishrod69 Arachnoemperor

    all my obts are adults except 1. and if yours ends up anything like my adults, then you will have to do what i do. open them only enough for a mist, and a cricket dropped in. thats all the farther i can open them. because when i pick up their enclosures, they run to the top, flip over, and assume the position. i dont like spraying right on them when i mist, but kinda impossible. so they bite like crazy when im spraying. but after about 10 minutes of me not holding the enclosure, they calm down and start drinking. they also attack the crap out of the crickets when i drop them in. vicously. sorry to make this worse on you, but just telling you the truth about my orange demons.
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  11. Anonymity82

    Anonymity82 Arachnoprince

    Haha! The fact that they are vicious is the reason I wanted to get one. Much different than my G. rosea. She can get pretty testy if I go near her with tongs but she has so far been pretty calm around my hands. She seems to know when they are gone. I'll place them in there and pick something up near here (ex: uneaten roach) and she'll throw up a threat display. I quickly remove them and slowly place a hand near her and she either crouches down or just calmly moves. I love it. On that note, she is pretty boring though.

    I'm just new at T keeping and after reading Invert's bite report I started to get a little worried haha! I will do my best to never let down my guard or do anything reckless around her.

    Maybe I'll try to play soothing music while he/she is still a baby and read to he/she every night so he/she can grow up to be a sweet loving machine! ;P

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    That's very interesting. I'm a little confused by all the reactions people report if they aren't allergic reactions. I'm not disagreeing with you that they aren't just confused on what would cause the dizziness/nausea, painful muscle cramps all over the body, moderate to severe swelling and the possibility that this could go on for an extended period of time.
  12. catfishrod69

    catfishrod69 Arachnoemperor

    i wouldnt advise putting your hand next to your rosea to settle her down. one of these days it will catch up to you. yeah i know all about invertfix's bite report. really crazy, and would have sucked badly.
  13. I never handle any T unless I test it with a paintbrush
    Slapping your hand to calm down a T... is like waking up a very mean sleeping dog...DUde your gunna get bit...
    my P striata almost bit me from poking it once.. If I slapped the ground near it... 100% chance it would have tagged me...

    GEtting bitten by any Baboon spider sucks... King baboon is very bad I hear you get hallucinations... I held my juvie(LOL):laugh:
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2012
  14. Anonymity82

    Anonymity82 Arachnoprince

    Thanks. It wasn't to calm her down, but just experiments :p. I wanted to see if it was the tongs or just the fact that something was near her that upset her. I wanted to speculate as well, whether or not she knew the difference between my hands or the tongs and she definitely knows somethings up. She actually will approach them and when she gets close enough she starts her pose. Using my hands though, she does something very different. Like I said above, she crouches or goes in the opposite direction. I am very careful and never take my eyes off her while doing this. I know she could change her mind one day decide she wants to keep me out.
  15. catfishrod69

    catfishrod69 Arachnoemperor

    well i could understand what you mean. not sure if Ts really do sense the difference of your hand or the tongs, but maybe. i know if a alien was walking up to me i would crouch down, but if they broke out the probe, i would be in a threat pose haha.
  16. Introvertebrate

    Introvertebrate Arachnobaron

    Sounds like an appropriate rearing procedure regardless of venom strength.
  17. Anonymity82

    Anonymity82 Arachnoprince

    Thanks. Like I said though, it's not the venom strength, it's the likely hood that the T will use it. From what I have read, Pokies venom is stronger and they are quite fast, but they would mostly look for a hiding place if bothered whereas an OBT is much likely to come on full force lol.
  18. High_Rolling_T

    High_Rolling_T Arachnosquire

    What causes those symptoms is the venom taking it's effects on the body. How the venom effects the body has nothing to do with having an allergy to it: i.e. its going to have an effect whether an allergy exists or not(which is not since as Venom stated, it isn't possible)
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  19. InvertFix

    InvertFix Arachnobaron

    I didn't let my guard down. I was aware of the t. But regardless of keeping your guard up things can happen unfortunately. I just come to terms with it and accept it. Do everything I can to avoid it, but as I said sometimes you can't help the outcome of a situation. I could have if I didn't keep the obts or if I don't do maintenance or feed them, but I wouldn't do that and I love the species.

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  20. InvertFix

    InvertFix Arachnobaron

    I used tongs. I wasn't harassing.

    Does it make me not smart because I got bit? No. Unfortunately things happen.

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