This is pretty much my opinion on the matter. YOU may like it, but the spider doesn't. Even a "docile" spider might just be too scared to fight back or make a break for it--I've heard of plenty of H. lividum seeming "tame and docile" after a stressful shipping trip and being put into a new environment. But once they recover... Which is a good indicator that what we interpret as happy and calm may not be what's actually going on.As cool as it is to hold a big spider, they just don't think it's so cool. You pick them up and they go "WTF!"
there is no cut and dry answer. and you are gonig to have people telling you that any handling is too much.
but basically i try to gear handling around each individual bug i own. if a spider indicates it does not "want" to be handled then i don't... but if a spider isn't kicking a lot of hair and isn't killing itself trying to get away from you then you probably aren't handling it too much.
conversely, if there is a bug you have that just seems to fail to thrive... you might consider that it is a more nervous individual and try to put it someplace quiet and not bother it
short of medically significant stuff, you can handle just about anything as long as you know what you are doing and willing to accept the consequences when you don't
so now Ts can sat WTF??? lol id love to hear that lol of xourse if i did pick one up and it said WTF id prob throw it and then it would go WWWWWTTTTTTFFFFFF.....ok now back to the real worldI think 2 or 3 times a week, every week is too much. I just rehoused a B. smithi and it's taking it over a week to make the rounds of the new enclosure. These animals are used to sitting in one spot for weeks. The don't like anything to change around them. If you handle that much it will never settle in and be stressed.
My theory is that the docile spiders are actually the brave, fearless ones and the aggressive kinds are afraid and scared. Probably because of having natural predators. OBT's are aggressive because they have to be in Africa where a Rosie only has to worry about the occasional rodent(which are sometimes lunch).
As cool as it is to hold a big spider, they just don't think it's so cool. You pick them up and they go "WTF!"
They don't SAT WTF, they SAY WTF. and of xourse, oh I mean of COURSE, they don't actually SAY WTF, but the point is they don't want to be picked up. Now back to spelling 101. In the real world.so now Ts can sat WTF??? lol id love to hear that lol of xourse if i did pick one up and it said WTF id prob throw it and then it would go WWWWWTTTTTTFFFFFF.....ok now back to the real world
i think lots of my bugs adjust to behind free handled by me. comparing the first time i hold arboreal tarantulas to the third to the 7th time it seems like the tarantula becomes less and less nervous.I handle any of my Ts, but not often. I personally don't think Ts should be handled more then 2-3 times a month. It's just unnecessary stress being added to them. They will never learn or adjust to being handled, so everytime is like the first time. I don't entirely disagree with handling though; it's one of the best experiences you can have.