B Smithi "tasting" me?

Kendage

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I was wondering if anyones ever been tasted by their T. I know this sounds strange, but I was holding my B. Smithi juvie and near his pedipalps I felt a sort of quick sting, I barley noticed but when we continued his stroll across my wrist I saw a small red dot and the stinging was already gone. There was no threat posture or even kicking hairs, but did he taste me in a way? This is the second time he's done it, is this normal? can anyone tell me what it was, and what caused it? :? Thanks
 

KoriTamashii

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I was wondering if anyones ever been tasted by their T. I know this sounds strange, but I was holding my B. Smithi juvie and near his pedipalps I felt a sort of quick sting, I barley noticed but when we continued his stroll across my wrist I saw a small red dot and the stinging was already gone. There was no threat posture or even kicking hairs, but did he taste me in a way? This is the second time he's done it, is this normal? can anyone tell me what it was, and what caused it? :? Thanks
It's possible it lost its balance and used its fangs to hold on, or that you irritated it and it just bit you.
 

Kendage

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It's possible it lost its balance and used its fangs to hold on, or that you irritated it and it just bit you.
I don't think I startled him, he was walking calmly and didn't even seem to notice he did anything, he just kept going like it never happened but maybe he did lose his balance. I was thinking it might have been hairs, but nothing that i can see, doesn't hurt either.
 

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Your skin could have been sensative to the hooks on the end of it's legs.
 

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But he said it's a juvie...

I think it just lost its balance and used its fangs to stay up. Glad you're alright.
What was meant by hooks was tarsal claws...arachnids have them to help with gripping (among many other things). when ive held my big L. parahybana i can feel those buggers dig right in...hurts a bit but then the feeling subsides quickly.
 

Kendage

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But he said it's a juvie...

I think it just lost its balance and used its fangs to stay up. Glad you're alright.
That's really neat {D I didn't know T's would/could do that with their fangs, I thought they were only for eating, grooming, etc. And thanks :)
 

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Anytime you handle your T and let them walk across you hands, they are tasting you. They smell and taste with special setae on their first 2 legs and pedipalps. ;)
 

Kendage

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Anytime you handle your T and let them walk across you hands, they are tasting you. They smell and taste with special setae on their first 2 legs and pedipalps. ;)
You guy's are really helping me out a lot :) much better than any research I could do. I didn't even think T's could taste :?
And now I am starting to wonder if my T would enjoy a cricket, or a bag of chips ;)
 

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Also, the fangs are for the external aspect of eating. They pierce/hold prey and inject venom if desired. The actual mouth is underneath, so even if a tarantula did "taste" with its mouth, that wouldn't have anything to do with its fangs.
 

Kendage

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Also, the fangs are for the external aspect of eating. They pierce/hold prey and inject venom if desired. The actual mouth is underneath, so even if a tarantula did "taste" with its mouth, that wouldn't have anything to do with its fangs.
oh I know they don't actually taste with their fangs, but it was the only way I could describe it.

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I'm pretty good with my T anatomy, but where exactly are the tarsal claws :? and do they apply to all T's?
 

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Interesting thread, I wonder what it was that you felt. Also those were some great pics of the tarsal claws, I never saw them so clearly. I also didn't know that all T's have 'em, or even most arachnids, so it's cool to have learned that as well. My guess is that it probably was a balance thing, I've heard a lot of stories about T's sinking the fangs in for a better grip.
 

Kendage

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Interesting thread, I wonder what it was that you felt. Also those were some great pics of the tarsal claws, I never saw them so clearly. I also didn't know that all T's have 'em, or even most arachnids, so it's cool to have learned that as well. My guess is that it probably was a balance thing, I've heard a lot of stories about T's sinking the fangs in for a better grip.
Just as long as she doesn't sink 'em in to deep. :D
 

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Your pulse on the wrist could have peaked the spider's curiosity and used its fangs to investigate. There was something I read a while back on someone reporting that a full grown Hysterocrates gigas used its fangs to investigate the wrist of an individual who was handling it.
 
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