- Nov 24, 2004
Has anyone out there had any experiences handling a P. Cambridgei. I have heard different stories. I know they are fast. Are they biters?
Yea. The risk of an arboreal species deciding to take flight is pretty great. My only bite also came from a Psalmo. sp. It was a P pulcher and it tagged me twice as it was running up my hand. The whole thing occured so fast it was unbelivable. It went from in the cup, to up my arm, to down my hand, and then back in teh cup in a matter of 2 seconds I think.yes, they are fast - plus, they jump! i wouldn't attempt handling one unless i was absolutely sure i can keep calm whatever it does...
as for the biting, you can never tell. most will attempt to run first, but depending on the specimen, they will bite sooner or later if they feel thretened. so your job would be to make it as comfortable as you can.
i never handled my psalmopeus spec., i have to admit. i thought it too much of a risk. not of me being bitten but of the t getting hurt or escaping.
also, i've had bugs end up where i can't see or get to them on me... like the middle of my back... what is your plan then?
and if you plan to have another person around to help, make DARN sure that they too will remain calm if they need to help you. A gf spazzing out because she has to help get a 5-6" tarantula off of your back that is as fast as greased lightning isn't going to be much of a back up plan lol.
If I were you I would take one of those avics, and coax them to jump from hand to hand, then hand to body, to see how it sits with you.Well as far as handling arboreals, I have handled A. Avics, A. Metallica, A. Huriana. ........
Have you tasted your sheet? Maybe it tastes like cricket.Anyways, I almost made a new thread on this behavior of her's, the spider spreads her chelicerae and rubs her fangs against the sheet while running around like a lawnmower (with abdomen raised higher and cephalothorax lowered against the sheet) sometimes in circles. Then she settle down real low before staying prone or continue roaming. WHAT THE HELL DOES THIS MEAN? LOL!