How long after flicking do the uricating hairs start to cause itching?

sid1221

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I was at a pet store when the owner opened the top of an aquarium with an N. Chromatus in it flicked my way (not sure if any got on me). It's been hours now and no itching. Am I safe or does the itch show up later?
 

EulersK

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These things aren't bullets - they create more of a cloud than anything. Unless you were fairly close, you shouldn't have anything to worry about.

But to answer your question, it depends on the species. Some take awhile to really settle in (Euathlus) and others are immediate (Brachypelma).
 

Poec54

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Minutes, even seconds, they're a self-defense tool, so they have to act fast or they're no good at stopping predators. If you get haired use masking tape to remove them, before scratching. If they become an issue, wear long sleeves, collared shirts, and disposable gloves. Hairs get on the substrate and misting can blow them airborne.
 

14pokies

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Yea your safe.. I helped my Nephew get a P.cancerides two days ago.. Within a minute after getting it out my wrists and forearm were on fire.. She didn't even kick it was just hairs from the enclosure..
 
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