- Sep 29, 2018
There's a point in that there are other ways to have the skills needed for fast-moving tarantulas. I've seen enough old world videos to know they're no faster than other things I've had to tackle. I just have no interest in a pet that could send me or my family to hospital, so it hasn't come up.I've kept so many tarantulas that are quick to bite from both the Americas and everywhere else in the world, and in my experience with them getting bitten is really hard to do. My worry is more with all of the hyperbole created from within the tarantula keeping community on how dangerous these types of tarantulas are. The only way to get bitten by any kind of spider is to touch it so even if someone new to keeping tarantulas knows enough to not touch a tarantula, or let it get near their hands, there is slim to no chance of getting bit. The biggest risk is having them run off, getting lost, and never being recovered.
Besides, why is there so much assumption that someone new to tarantulas, young or old, would be a complete nit wit that wouldn't be able to properly deal with a bitey tarantula? Somehow Australians are able to work with their tarantulas without getting bit, but Americans and everyone else can't? How strange.
But generally the people getting such spiders to look tough are exactly the sort who won't read all the care instructions. It's not hard to find posts here where someone has been prodding their new spider to see if they're alive or wants to pick them up. Not all new keepers are going to do such things, but it's not exactly uncommon.