Enclosure placement

Egon

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I'm new to tarantulas and got three slings several weeks back. Yesterday I picked up a young G. pulchra because it was too good to pass up. It's probably a little bigger than a quarter, which feels huge to me right now since I only have tiny slings.

My question is: Are tarantulas more likely to hide if their enclosure is located somewhere with a lot of foot traffic and activity? I've kept fish for a long time so I know some species of fish don't care while others are noticeably skittish if they feel exposed.

What are tarantulas like? Could I keep my G. pulchra on a table in my living room exposed from all sides? Should I make sure 1, 2 or 3 sides are blocked from human view/activity? (That's a common thing for fish -- cover the back so they're only exposed from the front and two sides.)

I live alone so there's no chance of others interfering with it, and I would put it away when hosting large gatherings or children.
 

kingshockey

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better off keeping em in a designated spot thel iving room table i dunno about might forget and use cleaner on or around it and ending up with dead slings from chemical exposure
 

viper69

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Are tarantulas more likely to hide if their enclosure is located somewhere with a lot of foot traffic and activity?
maybe maybe not, just try it. Some species or specimens are more sensitive to the visual movement than others- applies to vibration as well.

What are tarantulas like? Could I keep my G. pulchra on a table in my living room exposed from all sides? Should I make sure 1, 2 or 3 sides are blocked from human view/activity? (That's a common thing for fish -- cover the back so they're only exposed from the front and two sides.)
Fish see well- Ts don’t. I’ve kept fish, never used my fish knowledge for Ts.

There is no right or wrong answer on this until your T tells you.
 

Tarantuland

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Yea I think they're more likely to hide more if there's more foot traffic. If I walk into my T room a bunch of the ones that are out will hide. As slings it matters less I'd think, but @kingshockey makes a good point. You want them to be somewhere you're not going to spray anything around them
 

Egon

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Thanks for all of the great input, everyone. I'll probably keep it on a shelf in the back of my dining room.

I only use baking soda and a water/vinegar solution to clean my house so chemicals aren't much of a concern. I typically only dust my tables and shelves.
 

Hardus nameous

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I find most of my tarantulas tend to be either indifferent to me or just photophobic. I used to have a P. pulcher who like my P. muticus is a bit more sensitive to my vibrations, but neither are as sensitive as my Amblypygi.
I live alone and don't have much foot traffic in the house, but after the spiders got used to their surroundings and routines they really don't run and hide when I walk by.
 
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