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Friendliest Tarantula

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by page, Nov 7, 2004.

  1. page

    page Arachnopeon

    i just wondered what is the best tarantula for a first 1.

    i want a kind that doesnt bite much and is easy to handle.

  2. Bearskin10

    Bearskin10 Arachnoprince Old Timer

    This is something that has been discussed here many times and you will get a few different answers, for me I would recommend the common pinktoe "Avicularia avicularia" as my first choice, they are just about as docile as they get but can be a little qiuck for some new to the hobby, second choice would be a chaco gold knee "Grammostola aureostriata" they get big but are also very docile, hope that helps a little. Greg
  3. Nerri1029

    Nerri1029 Chief Cook n Bottlewasher Old Timer

    BUT for your money.. and availability concerns..

    The OLD standby G. rosea in my fav.. I just moved my two to new quarters. and they barely put up a fuss.. no hairs. and absolutely NO threat or defensive moves..

    If you plan on handling it ( which I don't recommend ) I'd get a slower moving species

    Learn how they behave and react..

    I don't handle mine because of the stress to the T AND the danger to the T from a fall or other dangers.. but if I did I wouldn't even think of handling my OBT or my cobalt blue..

    READ lots and learn for yourself ..
  4. Mattyb

    Mattyb Arachnoking Old Timer

    I'd say a A.Avic or a G.Rosea

  5. shogun804

    shogun804 Arachnogeneral Old Timer

    i think a lot of the avics are good, E.campestratus (pink zebra beauty), the G rosea, B smithi. i believe these are all good for a beginner one ive got them and they all tolerate being handled...i consider myself somewhat of a beginner but like a lot of people will tell you all T's are different....
  6. jw73

    jw73 Arachnobaron

    Grammostola rosea or pulchra.
  7. greenbay1

    greenbay1 Arachnoknight Old Timer

    The Pink Zebra Beauties I've had have been very docile and more predictable than other 'starter' T's. The common Pink Toe is also a great one. Mine have been gentle and tolerant as a whole. They are fast though and if you haven't been around T's much they can scare you with their speed. Just remember that there are differences among T's as there are among people. Some nice, docile ones like the Pink Toe's can surprise you with a grumpy one that will chase your finger down! :p
  8. I'd have to agree with A.Avic and G.Rosea for thier cost, availability, and thier tendency to have such a docile nature. A.Avic's are also less intimidating in my opinion. Some people also like to buy slings and handle them as they molt. A sling is much less intimidating to hold and this way you can gradually coax yourself into it.

    As nerri said, make sure you know a lot about your T before you begin to handle them. Use the search function and read up on some handling posts.
  9. Henry Kane

    Henry Kane Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Hands down, E. campestratus, G. pulchra or G aureostriata.

    Rosies tend to be a touch unpredictable in my opinion.

    Good luck on your choice. :)

  10. David_F

    David_F Arachnoprince Old Timer

    What about B. albopilosum? Wasn't my first but the more I work around them I'm finding they are great Ts for beginners. The few I have do like to kick hairs but once I get them in my hands they are as calm as can be. Better coloration than the G. rosea too IMO.
  11. mouse

    mouse Arachnolord Old Timer

    well my favorite is my rosie, but i heard a few times that they are unpredictable....mine is the most mellow, docile t i know thou.
    but the chaco gold knee is nice and a nice size.
    and the b.albopilosums are cute (curlie hair), they are so fuzzy looking and eat good (love my 3" curly),
    avic's are docile, but they are fast .
    aphonopelmas are nice and they are slower (plus there are tons of them to choose from) A.hentzi, A. seemanni, A.bicoloratum, A.anax, A.caniceps, and on and on the list goes, for what ever color you want just about, most are brown, there are some that are grey(a.behlei, a.euty..), black (a.caniceps), black and red (a.bicoloratum), a chalcodes.. but i'd say the seemanni would be the one to start with on the aphonopelmas
    PZB are nice also
    most of mine are slings. but my curly, rosie, avic are 3" plus.

  12. pitbulllady

    pitbulllady Arachnoking Old Timer

    G. roseas, in my opinion, tend to be much too unpredictable. I know it's not all that reasonably to generalize when it comes to tarantula temperaments, since I've seen plenty of nasty G. pulchras, but I can say that every single G. rosea I've ever had(and I have four right now)has, at one time or another, threatened to bite, or actually tried to. They can be the sweetest things one day, and the very next will be these nasty little bee-atches. Even my sweetest girl surprised me with a full-blown threat display last week, first time I've ever seen her do this!
    My huge, fat G. aureostriata, on the other hand, has never offered to bite, run, or kick hairs. I'm sure that someone out there has a nasty one, but chances are, it's CONSISTENTLY nasty, just like my smaller G. pulchra, so there's at least no surprises. It seems that if you pick a G. aureostriata that's nice, it stays nice. My E. campestratus is a bit moody, as well, though she's never actually attempted to bite. She will do a head stand and hiss like a Thai Black Bird-eater on occasion, though, and I don't push her to see just how far she's willing to go! I've also never seen any aggressive/defensive behavior from most of my Aphonopelmas, though some of them will kick hairs every now and then. I'd recommend an Aphonopelma hentzi or Aphonopelma chalcodes(which are truelly beautiful spiders, IMHO)as readily as any other species, any day.

  13. WayneT

    WayneT Arachnoangel Old Timer

    I have all of the above mentioned, and agree...but I have a little Aphonopelma hentzi that is by far the sweetest little T I have. She walks over to me when I open her enclosure, and most times seems to want to be held, although I realize I'm probably imagining it. When I gathered her from the wild, same story. She willingly walked right up onto my hand.
  14. The Juice

    The Juice Arachnoangel Old Timer

    I would recommend a G. Pulcha ( Brazilian Black) My first T was a rosey and I found it to be boring ( Pet Rock) If handling isn't a must I would get a GBB. Also Rosey's are not that pretty in my opinion, But they are cheap.
  15. Washout

    Washout Arachnolord Old Timer

    I've vote against the G. rosea, I've got 4 now and 3 of them throw threat postures when you try and touch them. The 3rd is ok though. My avic has never shown a threat posture though.

    So from personal expierence I'd say avics are the most docile. I don't have a chaco, except for slings. But Dwaynes are very docile as well.

    My seemanni is nasty, almost as bad as my lividum or cancerides..
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2004
  16. Henry Kane

    Henry Kane Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Avics are a good recommendation, especially for beginners interested in possibly keeping old world arboreals in the future. The only thing to watch is that they have a tendency to jump from time to time. Oh, the other thing would be to watch out for their butt. They also like to crap on ya just to show what grateful creatures they can be.

    Something else to keep in mind is that for each specie with a reputation for being calm or docile, there's are always going to be specimens of each that go the exact opposite of our expectations.

    Take care.

  17. brandi

    brandi Arachnoknight Old Timer

    Can't believe nobody's said Brachypelma yet! I think most docile, predicatble spiders I've worked with so far are B. smithi (Mex Red Knee). Occasionally I will get a little hair flicking if I startle one of them, but in general they are super mellow.

    I would suggest when you hold them, hold them over something soft and cushy, like a bed. This really helps with the Avicularia, as they do tend to like to jump. And if you are nervous, you don't have the added worry of dropping them on something that will hurt them. Let us know what you wind up getting! :)

  18. JohnxII

    JohnxII Avicoholic Old Timer

    Exactly my thoughts. A.avic for 1st choice because they are very tolerant when it comes to handling (no aggression and threat posture etc.). Adults which are readily available in petstores don't jump often.

    I'd also recommend Chaco's over Rosies for 2nd, 1 because they are more active and predictable, and 2 I've had close encounters with 1 of the psycho Rosies, and those are very strong Grammies and they bare their dripping fangs like other "bitey" T's!
  19. jeffh_x

    jeffh_x Arachnobaron

    a. avicularia is da best! well ive never gotten a rosie so i wudn know..but my first T was the pinktoe and almost imediately i wanted to handle it..but i never had tthe courage to do so..weeks later i managed to..and theyre quite slow and calm as long as i dun startle them..not even with my breath!even by accidentally exhaling at it, he just scrambles everywhere..but he's alright..no signs of biting ever at all...really nice Ts.. :rolleyes:
  20. Brian S

    Brian S ArachnoGod Old Timer

    LOL!! That is a good point {D My A avic won't jump, bite, run etc. but it WILL take a crap on you {D

    I would say A avicularia, Chacos, or G pulchra or A hentzi. My first T was A hentzi that I caught by where I live. This was in 1982 so I don't have one anymore but the one I had was extremely docile. I will agree with G rosea being a little unpredictable. I have seen several that would be more than happy to give a threat display.
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