I wouldn't recommend handling at all. Smithi can be a bit skittish & flicky but nothing too bad. I think that smithi is more attractive. As others have said though they can all have different "personalities".Looking to purchase our first tarantula. Curious which tarantula is more mellow - less likely to throw hairs or bite. Ok with handling. Thank you!h
The HONEST answer is neither. It's a crap shoot when it comes to disposition for the Brachy and Grammo genera. Either species can be docile or a hair kicker. OR be both depending upon their mood, which is never predictable.Looking to purchase our first tarantula. Curious which tarantula is more mellow - less likely to throw hairs or bite. Ok with handling. Thank you!h
Just be careful and get it out of your system.Btw, handling Ts is dangerous for the Ts, and is purely an act done by their human owner for selfish reasons. They derive no benefit at all from handling.
I'm in a bit of a tough situation right now with my newest tarantula, a 2 year old female curly hair. I had been handling her for a couple of minutes and she started to get a little moody, so I got ready to put her back in her enclosure. I must have moved my hand or something, but she panicked and climbed up the mesh frame of the fireplace and into the inner workings (an electric fireplace, unfortunately). I tried to open it up and take it apart as much as possible but the only conclusion I can come up with is she must have gone into a space in between the fireplace itself and the brick wall, about 3 inches wide and wraps around the entire fireplace. Luckily it's off and won't be going on any time soon so she won't cook, but I'm worried she may freeze or get stuck back there. My dad is going to ask to borrow a scope tomorrow to see if we can find her and maybe nudge her towards us to get her out- but I'm very concerned about her and how much danger she could really be in. I care deeply for all my tarantulas and consider them to be family to me, I'd be crushed if I had to give up on her. What could I try in order to get her back?
I would have to agree with B albo. I have yet to meet a smithi who doesn't kick just for the heck of it. Granted, this depends on individual temperament which varies from tarantula to tarantula. I've read rosea/porteri horror stories about them being mean and aggressive but mine is as docile as can be. I've never seen a threat posture from her in 8+ years.
Awesome! Got pics of the t and the enclosure?Thank you for all of your replies and expertise. We totally understand the concerns about any handling, we've had panther chameleons and know that many animals are more for observing than handling. We just know that there will be times when cleaning the cage, etc., when temperament is important. We continued to research and after several months have just purchased a B. albopilosum from Jabberwock Reptiles in MA. They are 4 hours away from us, but had such a great reputation and after visiting them a month ago, we knew they were the place. He seems to be an extremely mellow fellow right now, but some of that could be the travel and new home. We have him in an Exo Terra Wide with coconut husk material and a piece of cork bark for a hide. We also have a tiny plastic cup with water. He was just fed yesterday at the store, so we don't have to worry about feeding him for a week. We already have large mealworms for our leopard gecko, but I know 3/4 inch to 1 inch crickets are good as well as super worms. The owner of the store said dubias burrow soon after you add them, so they might not be the best. Thanks again for everything!
My rosie is the most docile animal I have ever met. I do tank maintenance with my hands, get right up in her face for photos, have hand fed her (it was a long time ago and I never would do it again - I was new and she was my first T) - nothing. I was scared she had nematodes at one point and swabbed her fangs with a Q-tip and she just stood there. I cleaned out her enclosure earlier today actually and she was sweet as pieI have 2 G. rosea/porteri sub adult and adult females. Both are... to put it bluntly...bitches from hell. They are the worst at eating, I open their lid and immediate threat pose (yay for tongs to do any tank maintenance) Although my bigger one has been staying in her hide for the past couple weeks, so I'm hoping a molt will be coming soon, along with a hopeful mood change XD