Arachnobaron of Pennsylvania
- Oct 15, 2009
I have never changed my story. I have never handled a "hot" tarantula. If you've actually read my comment I only stated that when I am unable to safely coax my tarantula into the cup*, I will carefully use my fingers to lift my A. hentzi (the absolute opposite of a "hot") and transfer it to it's new contanier during rehousing. And as everyone knows, it takes a long time for an A. hentzi to outgrow its enclosure, so I have only had to do this 2 times in 2 years. If you have never heard of a "pinch grab" then you haven't watched many handling videos on YouTube that you claim to love so much. I have nothing against a responsible person, very carefully handling a "safer" (more docile NW species) tarantula from a safe height off the floor. If you read my first comment, the very last sentence reads: "There is no positive side to handling "hot" pets. (Again, just my opinion.)" I am refer to "hot" pets. I also never claim that its bad to handle any tarantula, I am just stating that the tarantula gets nothing from the interaction and only harm can happen.But your story's changing a little - so now you do handle them. But with a "pinch grab" ?!?!?
I suggest that you use the "cupping" method when you rehouse. No danger to the T and no danger to you.
*Refering to your cupping method: This is the exact method that I use. I completely agree with you that it is best method (at least for me that is). I do also state: "I don't handle them, unless I need to (i.e. - rehousing my A. hentzi, when a paintbrush or forceps don't move it, I'll do a pinch grab to carefully move it to the new home." I only use a careful, and I mean careful, pinch grab only if the careful prodding from a paintbrush doesn't motivate her to move.
I don't want to offend you or anything, but don't put words in my mouth. Actually read the comments before quoting them, if you had done this you would also have seen that it is only my opinion, nothing more.