This doesn't exist in Ts, get a different type of animal.I am looking for a T that is active, something that can entertain me by watching it in its tank. If its colorful, that would be an added bonus. Can briefly handle once im a while for tank maintenance. Any suggestions?
Exactly what he said. OP, also keep in mind that the docile species that are usually "handleable" can have different temperaments depending on the individual. My A chalcodes used to kick hairs more eagerly than most. As in, buying these species is not a 100% guarantee you'll get one that is docile.Okay, first off, there are no breeds of spiders. There are species. Very big difference.
Secondly, as has been said, no tarantula enjoys being handled. To them, you are a giant intruder that is forcing them out of their home. Handling benefits you and only you. If you are alright with this, then here we go.
A. geniculata would be an absolutely terrible choice if you want to ever handle. It's already been said that they assume everything is food, and that wasn't an exaggeration. You will get bit, no question. A C. cyaneopubescens is also not great because of how skittish they are.
Unfortunately, the spider you want does not exist. The docile ones willing to be handled are also generally the pet rocks of the hobby. A. chalcodes comes to mind. So, if you want to handle, here are a few options. But keep in mind that they are generally pet rocks.
E. sp. "Red"
If you're willing to abandon the idea of handling, there are some amazing species out there. They're just not all very tolerable of intruders.
Honestly though, look into getting a lizard or something. Tarantulas don't really fit what you want out of a pet.
Exactly, my A. chalcodes is rather quick to threat pose me, but doesn't kick.Exactly what he said. OP, also keep in mind that the docile species that are usually "handleable" can have different temperaments depending on the individual. My A chalcodes used to kick hairs more eagerly than most. As in, buying these species is not a 100% guarantee you'll get one that is docile.
Handling is a big deal for a T though. It's not a good thing to do. They are all pet rocks. You are talking about animals that live in a burrow for most of their life. I don't think you have a good grasp on T behavior.Handling isnt a big deal for me with a T, and by entertain, i meant a species that is the opposite of a "pet rock". A very active one in its tank would be really nice, same with a good feeding response.