Tarantula Dissection

eruheru

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Hi all, I just received Shultzs' "The Tarantula Keepers Guide" and have found it fascinating. As a science student it made me very curious about trying a dissection to see everything so that I really know what the book is talking about. I'm not sure how to go about doing this. I don't have a dead T available, nor would I want to sacrifice one specifically for this cause. Has anyone here had experience with dissections or have any ideas on how to get a specimen? Also, if you have any pictures of a dissection in process that would be really cool to see.
Thanks!
 

eruheru

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Cool looking book, I've seen it in stores now that I think about it. I don't like the descriptive blurb for it though: "Kids will love to see and touch each disgusting but interesting tarantula part!" Disgusting? I think not.
 

curiousme

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Cool looking book, I've seen it in stores now that I think about it. I don't like the descriptive blurb for it though: "Kids will love to see and touch each disgusting but interesting tarantula part!" Disgusting? I think not.
No, it isn't disgusting at all and I don't care for their description either. We got it for our daughter a couple years ago and it has some cool info in it actually. It is really neat to turn each page to show each different system.
 

Ictinike

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Yep it's a pretty good book and my boys had it many years back before we even kept any tarantulas :)

Someday this spring he's supposed to do a report in front of the class and they (kids) wanted my son and his dad to bring in some spiders. I figure we'll take the book in early by a week and let them experience and read up first before we go in. It's not badly done even at his age.
 

eruheru

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These are some great "toys." I'm going to recommend them to my mom who uses my rosie for some Elementary school science programs. I'm curious though if there is a standard protocol for arachnid dissections. I've done dissections on fish and other marine animals and there's a standard method of how to cut them open to see certain parts. Is anyone familiar with this for terrestrial arthropods?
 

Merfolk

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The only way you can dig into Ts innards without feeling like stirring tapioca pudding is to partially freeze it. Then the structures will hold together, because a lot of them are of similar color and pretty soft. Just make sure it is frozen only partially though. I devised this method to gut out the fishes I caught without having some on my hands. The guts all come like a single block with nothing oozing out.
 
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