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New tarantula!!!

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by jgod790, May 18, 2011.

  1. jgod790

    jgod790 Arachnoknight

    So I've been wanting a new T for a little while, wasn't sure if I wanted an old world or new world, but I ended up getting a Grammostola pulchripes (Chaco golden knee). And I love her! She is already as big as my full grown G. rosea. I was told she was roughly 1 1/2 - 2 years old. And if I'm not mistaken, I think that is an accurate age. She is beautiful. She demolishes the crickets faster and harder then my H. lividum! I got her yesterday, and The lady selling her to me was handling her, I also handled her yesterday. But today, I stoked her abdomen with a paint brush, and she instantly bit it! So I don't think I will handle her anymore. Is this normal for G. pulchripes? To be calm and docile one day, but very defensive the next? Her fangs are HUGE, bigger then I thought they would be considering her size. I would hate to get bit by her. So I'm not going to risk it. If anyone has any stories or opinions on G. pulchripes, I would love to hear what you all have to say. Negative or positive.
  2. PhobeToPhile

    PhobeToPhile Arachnoknight

    If I'm not mistaken, most spiders do react badly to touches on their abdomen. But I could be wrong.
  3. jgod790

    jgod790 Arachnoknight

    Well I'm just confused, cause yesterday I was holding it, not so much as a threat posture, and today, it skipped the posture and just went straight for the bite. So I really doubt I will ever handle her again.
  4. axbrown

    axbrown Arachnopeon

    Don't be afraid to handle her again, alot of tarantula's mistake a paint brush or tweesers for food, and go for the kill. You put your hand in there, and the T will know its almost definitely not food. Just next time go in with gloves, and try to pick her up. My guess is she reacted to:
    A. The touching of the abdomen like PhobeToPhile said, and
    B. Asuming you were feeding her, and mistaking the paintbrush for food.

    T's are always unpredictable, always treat them with respect, and be on the cautious side no matter what T your holding ;)
  5. Tym Hollerup

    Tym Hollerup Arachnoknight

    Let's just say that all Tarantulas in the Grammostola genus are notorious for their PMS! So that's nothing new. Handling her won't be an issue. Just be sure to test the temperament (paintbrush technique) before handling.

    I wouldn't agree with this statement.
  6. I would say that 4 - 5 years old would be more accurate. I have one that I bought 4 years ago when she was about 1 1/2" and she is still a little smaller than a full size G. rosea.

  7. webbedone

    webbedone Arachnobaron

    Dont handle your Ts. They are driven by the survival instinct alone and cannot be domesticated, all you get from handling is a stressed out tarantula and itchy palms. But to each his own.
  8. Tym Hollerup

    Tym Hollerup Arachnoknight

    Personally I don't advice handling T's, but I don't see much of an issue when it's within the Grammostola genus. PMS permitting of course. ;)
  9. NikiP

    NikiP Arachnobaron

    G. roseas tend to be temperamental.

    G. pulchripes & G. pulchra tend to be more consistently calmer.

    But not to forget that all are individuals. I don't handle mine much, but she's handable & easy to work around.
  10. redrumpslump

    redrumpslump Arachnobaron Arachnosupporter

    The topic has been argued so that it's ridicoulus. Here's my advice don't hold them. They are and never will be domesticated. One wrong move and you can get bit regardless of the species. Basically handle at your own risk.

  11. jgod790

    jgod790 Arachnoknight

    Well she is a little bit smaller then my full grown G. rosea. At least her abdomen. But as far as leg span goes, I'd say its pretty even. I wish tarantulas would just start coming with birth certificates already!