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Dealing with defensive T's

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by SRirish, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. SRirish

    SRirish Arachnosquire

    While performing some maintenance around one of my T's I had accidentally touched it with the metal tongs I was working with and the T immediately attacked the tongs (no harm to the T) and threat posed on the spot.

    After the dramatic (and somewhat entertaining) episode I suddenly thought "What the hell do I do if I have to get it out of it's cage?"

    So how do you deal with your defensive T's and get them out of the cage?
    I've heard of the cup method before, but I had some bad luck last time I tried it.

    Thanks for the replies {D
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2008
  2. Oasis Inverts

    Oasis Inverts Arachnobaron Old Timer

    I use a 32oz tall deli cup or 16oz depending on size of tarantula and gently place it over the spider wigle it a bit let it walk in and then put a lid on it and your done.
  3. Buckshot

    Buckshot Arachnosquire

    I used 2 hand nets to move my L striatus.
    No way in hell that i will handle that little monster.
    She strikes at the tongs when i´m trying to do some maintence.
    Then she tries to bite herself out of the cage to follow the intruder.:eek:
  4. Moltar

    Moltar ArachnoGod

    Rocket powered net gun, tazer, tranq darts and a lasso.

    Seriously, you will rarely have a transfer of a defensive species go smoothly and "by the numbers". Improvisaton is key.

    For terrestrials I usually use some variation of the cup method but for burrowers I often end up digging the whole burrow out and dumping the spider along with the remaining dirt into a big tub. Then I seperate T from dirt and either cup it or just scoot it directly into the new enclosure or whatever. In any case, since I usually do these by myself I make sure to have an assortmnt of wooden spoons, chopsticks, tongs, brushes, cups, whatever within arms reach so I can react to any contingincy without having to leave the room to get a tool.

    To be honest, i'm more apprehensive about moving jumpy speedy arboreals like pokies and psalmo's than the feistier, bitier guys like OBT's or haplos.
  5. SRirish

    SRirish Arachnosquire


    Thanks for the replies everyone! I'll make sure to remember your method etown. I'm actually fine dealing with arboreals as long as I'm in an empty room. The bitey one(s) I'm more cautious about because I've never been bit before (and plan on keeping it that way:D )
  6. Bedlam

    Bedlam Arachnobaron

    Deli cups are our friends! Also I always have everything in my bathtub when I'm working with a more skittish species so that if it does escape it isn't really going anywhere too fast.

    And if it goes into a threat pose, it just means its easier to get the entire thing into a deli cup without worrying about pinching its legs! This doesn't mean I'm suggesting you encourage a threat pose though, just saying dont be too intimidated by it.
  7. Sledge hammer or, if you're like me and just don't care, pick it up. :D

    --the nature boy
  8. SRirish

    SRirish Arachnosquire

    pfft nutjob. Why don't we just pick everything up that hisses at us and tries to bite:wicked: {D

    I'll pick it up....one day
  9. Drachenjager

    Drachenjager Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    I just do the old " I fart in your general direction" and pick them up lol
  10. deathcrew

    deathcrew Arachnoknight Old Timer

    Never underestimate the power of beer!:cool:
  11. Paulie B

    Paulie B Arachnobaron

    One saving grace I suppose for a bolting T is that it wont go far as the book lungs cant support a 100 meter sprint. They will generally stop and that then allows you to deli cup the buggar. Keep a deli cup in your T room. An essential piece of kit as you dont wanna go dashing to the kitchen looking for one while your T is on the loose !!
  12. SRirish

    SRirish Arachnosquire

    I better start eating some beans then{D
  13. SRirish

    SRirish Arachnosquire

    I wish I knew the power of beer, but I'm not legally allowed to drink yet:}
  14. Buckshot

    Buckshot Arachnosquire

    I actually took a shot of whisky, before i handled my first tarantula.
    Then i could hold my hands still. {D
  15. Arachnobrian

    Arachnobrian Arachnoangel Old Timer

    Make sure your enclosures are escape proof.

    My OBT's enclosure had two large rocks on it which were really needed. Don't underestimate the strength of a determined tarantula.

    When doing transfers. I try to have everything I could possibly need close at hand. Tweezers, catch cup, cardboard, various proding tools, oven mitts for some (yes, oven mitts). lol

    All this stuff is also handy in case of an escape. Flashlight is also a required item.
  16. GootySapphire

    GootySapphire Arachnolord Old Timer

    Arrrrgh the dreaded defensive T. transfer, every time I transfer a T. over that is defensive or potent in venom, and thinks go sour when trying I usually start sweating like a fat man wearing a ski suit in Georgia heat. Like most have said I usually will find an adequate size deli cup for the T. and slowly and gently maneuver it over the T. and prod its back legs into the deeper end of the cup, quickly put the lid on, and continue on....getting it back out can prove just as tricky from time to time.
  17. You learn, grasshoppa.

    --the nature boy
  18. SRirish

    SRirish Arachnosquire

    lol. How did you learn? The power of beer?:confused:
  19. No, I'm just awesome.

    --the nature boy
  20. SRirish

    SRirish Arachnosquire

    {D I wonder if all your T's think that about you. Your S.calceatum must think they're overshadowed by you and want to kill you;P
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