well said!given their adult legspan and quickness i have seen, yes, they are a lot to handle. don't handle them. get an Avicularia if you want to do that
honestly, i now believe only you can really decide if you are ready for a pokie. if you like them enough one day you'll be tempted into buying one. if you currently feel unsure, maybe you might not want to get an adult, start with a sling if it makes you feel more comfortable?
i liked dealing with P. murinus (OBT) as my first T with a considerable bite (they are normally more than willing to offer to try). super cheap, super easy to care for, smaller, also prone to moving fast, but also prone to holding ground and giving you the owner-don't-mess-with-me-'tude.
i can honestly say my pokies have only freaked me out on two occasions, but are far more predictable than my super flighty "safer T" people here normally suggest before pokies (a P. irminia, a nice intermediary step because they are way less potent, but mine is a bit... high strung?).
do i think they should be a first T? ehhhhh... common wisdom here is no (but is this your first? we don't know). all i can say is that i'm not sure ANYTHING i have ever dealt with (and four years working with all sorts of critters i have dealt with a fair share of fairly fast, small creatures) prepared me for the first time any T bolted, much less one of my pokies.
Fast,fast,FAST!!!! No joke,either.Only seen defensiveness once from any of ours,but it moved so quickly while doing so that I have a whole new level of respect for them.Awesome spiders.Did I mention FAST?you might also want to check out Tapinauchenius too?
i believe they are extremely fast (faster than pokies actually), stay a bit on the smaller side (comparatively to pokies anyway), and don't have as intense of a bite either. no personal experience with these guys though, so maybe someone else can chime in.
Avics are awesome! Especially versicolor, minatrix, purpurea and metallica! I very well might be picking up an A.minatrix adult female tomorrow at a local showAlright thanks for the info. I'm not very into the avic's myself so thats why i was wondering about my other options. Psalmopoeus is definitely under consideration. Again thanks for the help
yeah, my P.ornata very rarely every gave a threat posture, but her temperament was so unpredictable that I didn't mess with her enclosure too much.Fast,fast,FAST!!!! No joke,either.Only seen defensiveness once from any of ours,but it moved so quickly while doing so that I have a whole new level of respect for them.Awesome spiders.Did I mention FAST?
an Avic is a NW too :razz:You might want to consider P. cambridgei... they are a bit more defensive than avics but they are NW species and very nice display Ts. They are more of an intermediate species but that's what conditions you for keeping OW species. I've been raising one for almost three years now and she is 6-6.5" she is awesome... I also have it's growth rate from sling in my thread history.