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most Docile Tarantula?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Staley, Nov 12, 2005.

  1. Staley

    Staley Arachnobaron Old Timer

    i was Wondering what some of the bigger Docile tarantulas are? I mean ones that you could actually handle .i am interested to hear what you all think
  2. Prymal

    Prymal Arachnoking Old Timer


    There are no "docile' tarantulas - only specimens within species that are more tolerant of being handled than others! Grammostola aureostriata, Eupalaestrus spp. and B. smithi are very tolerant of handling as are some of the other Brachypelma spp. and some Avicularia spp. especially, A. avicularia. Stay away from any theraphosid from the Old World regions i.e. Africa, India, Asia, etc. from taxa such as Haplopelma, Poecilotheria, Thrigmopoeus, Selenocosmia, Chilobrachys, Pterinochilus, Augacephalus, Stromatopelma, Hysterocrates, Phoneyusa, etc. And, New World tarantulas of the taxa Lasiodora, Ephebopus, Megaphobema, Pamphobeteus, Xenesthis, Nhandu, Acanthoscurria, etc.
    Also, remember that not all specimens within a species will possess the same temperament. Grammostola rosea (the common rosehair tarantula) is commonly recommended as a 'good' beginner species, as is Aphonopelma seemanni. However, there exists a great variance in temperaments among specimens of both species and temperaments may change from one stadium to the next.
    In my opinion, G. aureostriata, A. avicularia and B. smithi are three of the best "docile" tarantulas. Of all theraphosids, I'd go with A. avicularia as the most inoffensive and "docile" species.

  3. fscorpion

    fscorpion Arachnobaron Old Timer

    Since I have been a member of this board, and its not a long period, there have been really many treads about this subject, many had the same title! Use the search option and you will find everything you need to know...
  4. moricollins

    moricollins Arachnoprince Old Timer