- Jul 27, 2016
I am not speaking "happy" as in human terms. I am speaking happy as in not stressed or fearing for their lives. I have seen T's that are stressed in pictures and descriptions on this forum and have tried to avoid it. The "wandering" T or one that refuses to step on the substrate are the more obvious examples where the T is basically unhappy. When I open my deli cups and the psalms pulcher's turn away from me it shows a little bit of nerves is possibly occurring for the T. When I drop the cricket and the T scatters to the opposite side of the cup this was not a feeding session. It was an invasion in my interpretation. Perhaps it is not that big of a deal, but a larger container would have allowed the prey to be dropped in away from the spider while still triggering a web link somewhere. I have a few Megaphobema robustum and at one time I could sense that one of them seemed stressed on its actions. I never figured out what made it unhappy but at some point it went back to burrowing in the AMAC (terrestrial type - which I don't use any more).In regards to a "happy" tarantula, they are not capable of emotions as far as we know. They just don't have the brains for it. They respond to stimuli, and they acclimate themselves to whatever size enclosures we put them in. They don't perceive their surroundings the same way we do. They have no idea they're even in a box.
Having said all of this, I have no plans to move away from deli cups. And I agree on the idea of getting the T to a more stable size so it will live long enough to be in a large enclosure.