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Sydney funnel web

Discussion in 'True Spiders & Other Arachnids' started by Zervoid, Mar 13, 2005.

  1. Zervoid

    Zervoid Arachnosquire Old Timer

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    I live in Australia and was just wondering if it is legal to keep sydney funnel webs. It's just they look so energetic when u see venom dripping from their fangs on tv and i thought what an awesome spider to keep. I mean i read about u peeps in the US who keep all these amazing tarantulas like t blondi and as we are not allowed to keep foreighn spiders here in australia i thought a female funnel web might make an interesting pet. I've always had a fascination with spiders which was only awakened recently when i saw a 5 minute segment on t blondi and i remembered a program i saw on it years ago and the whole life cycle, mating ritual ,molting and as i can't keep one here the next best thing would be a funnel web. Of course i would never pick it up. But it's just a thought. Has anyone tried? Maybe too dangerous in the long run?
     
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  3. common spider

    common spider Arachnobaron Old Timer

    Rob1985 Cool link.

    I read almost all the stuff in that link and it makes me not want one as a pet too dangerous. :eek:
     
  4. edesign

    edesign Stacks o' spiders Old Timer

    T. blondi and Atrax robustus...not even a real comparison there. Get bit by a T. blondi you will most definitely live, might hurt like hell and cause some serious physical damage...but get bit by the robustus and to the hospital you will go, and not just for itching or swelling. And you may not pick it up by choice...but it might decide to take a stroll up your arm while feeding or something ;)

    there are T's available in Australia, i forget who the other Australian members are here but I've seen them :) Might want to look out for them and ask them what species they keep.

    Keeping a spider because of the "venom dripping from it's fangs" isn't the best reason to keep it...do some serious research on this spider before getting one, even if they are native in your area. I know some people keep them, but I wouldn't consider one until I had plenty of experience with other less dangerous species. Have you ever kept spiders before? Please don't take this the wrong way, but judging from your post above (i've never seen any of your other posts) I'm guessing it's minimal at best...I could be wrong though. I would seriously consider another type of spider for a pet, seems as if you're wanting this one for the "wrong" reasons.
     
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  5. Crotalus

    Crotalus Arachnoking Old Timer

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  6. Dog! Again, it never fails. You are treating him like a noob just becuse of his status on AB. I'm not saying he's not, I am just saying there is too much stereotyping about post counts and noob status. No offense crotalus, but I am tired of people treating other people like noobs just because of their post count.
     
  7. edesign

    edesign Stacks o' spiders Old Timer

    not his post count...look at my post as well, i too thought he may be new at this as well. Don't jump to conclusions, all is well.

     
  8. Crotalus

    Crotalus Arachnoking Old Timer

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    If you need to ask if Atrax is a good species to keep - then i consider him a newbie. End of story.

    /Lelle
     
  9. death1

    death1 Arachnosquire Old Timer

    i keep...

    I keep Latrodectus geometricus(Brown Widows) and I probably would never have gotten so interested in spiders if not for the background surrounding them. Sure I had lots of insects before but the lore is so very drawing. I say bully for you. Try somthing different, just be careful(that goes without saying). :clap:
     
  10. Randolph XX()

    Randolph XX() Arachnoprince Old Timer

    speaking of good animal to keep all depends on personal preferences, if u like a funnel web spider , which is the Icon of the most Deadly spider in most people's view, with the bite that have quite potential to make u suffer for a good while,and you like it , fully understood what risks will you encounter, go for it if u could get one
    BTW, when i lived in Melbourme, i kept white tails and some mouse spiders, and they are pretty cool ,too
     
  11. edesign

    edesign Stacks o' spiders Old Timer

    mouse spiders are wicked looking...
     
  12. Zervoid

    Zervoid Arachnosquire Old Timer

    Thanks for the replies but i doubt i'll keep any type of spider...cause it's not a case of if u get bitten it's when u get bitten and i just can't be bothered with that-i'd perfer to just watch them on tv.
     
  13. common spider

    common spider Arachnobaron Old Timer

    Dangerous animals.

    Ya know it is hard for me to not want to buy and own a dangerous animal but at the same time I have to worry about something that might happen to me or my wife or the animal.


    I have always wanted dangerous animals but I think at least too me it is wise not to have them becuase there is always that small chance that something might happen to you or the animal.


    Just a thought.
     
  14. death1

    death1 Arachnosquire Old Timer

    You have made you're decision, good. We all must make it. :p
     
  15. NewGriot

    NewGriot Arachnosquire Old Timer

    Robustus

    Other Question:

    I think A.robustus is easier to handle than a Phoneutria, isn`t it?

    I would keep A.robustus for sure...
     
  16. Ythier

    Ythier Arachnoprince Old Timer

    lol... :rolleyes: are you serious ?
     
  17. Crotalus

    Crotalus Arachnoking Old Timer

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    Acctually they are. Atrax isnt more difficult to transfer etc then a typical asian theraphosid (Im merely speaking of transfering it - not the venom).

    /Lelle
     
  18. Crotalus

    Crotalus Arachnoking Old Timer

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    They have a potential to put you out of your suffering...

    /Lelle
     
  19. Steven

    Steven pede-a-holic Old Timer

    Eric,..
    i think Dan was talking about another kind of handling then you :eek: ;)



    PS: tomorrow National Geographic Europe !!!
    INSECTS FROM HELL
    don't miss is it !!!

    ;)
     
  20. kyle_de_aussie

    kyle_de_aussie Arachnobaron Old Timer

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    Mate have you thought about keeping australian native tarantulas i mean theres a lot of great species at your fingertips that are a lot bigger and chunkier and much nicer looking than a funnel webb.
    If you end up wanting to get tarantula say like this one below let me know il help ya hook one up if ya like ;)
    my SELENOCOSMIA CRASSIPES. shes 16cm's in legspan and will get bigger
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