I'm definitely not in the same class with Rosemary! She's one of my inspirations, however. I am hoping to get to Carlsbad this next June and watch her in action again.Originally posted by mrderanged
Keep it up Joy and I'm changing your title to "Spider whisperer" The only person I've heard of having more success with handling "Defensive" species is Rosemary Kraft.
No, never been bit as yet (knock on wood). I have handled all the species you mention, but the Usambara was a male. This is an important stipulation, as I've found males of that species much more tractable than the females. Also, they're more likely to come voluntarily out of their vivaria. That is important, too, as a lot of the more defensive species are burrowers/webbers and become understandedly upset if you destroy their home. It tends to start the relationship on the wrong foot, if you will ! I would never destroy a spider's home just because I wanted to handle it. My interactions with the more defensive species tend to be limited to times when I am moving them from vivarium to vivarium, or when they signify a desire to come out by themselves.Originally posted by Tarantula Lover
great pics joy, atrax, and holley! joy you have held you T.blondi am i correct? and your usumbara, and an l.cristata! have you ever been bit?