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Tarantula talk

For those who have these very exotic and fascinating creatures, here's the place to give and get information.

I don't know everything about tarantulas, but I do know enough to get you started.

First, I would recommend this book. It's very understandable and easy to read to help get you started.

http://www.amazon.ca/Tarantula-Keepers- ... 379&sr=8-2

Second, I would look at by-laws in your area. Here's the list of prohibited species in Ottawa. (Go to Schedule B "Prohibited Animals")
http://www.ottawa.ca/residents/bylaw/a_z/acc_en.html

Third, find out what species you want to get.

The most docile ones are
Brachypelma smithi (Mexican Redknee)
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Grammostola rosea (Chilean Rose Hair)
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I currently have an Avicularia Versicolor (Antilles Pink Toe) named Tilly that's about 4 years old. She's molted about 4 times since I got her. Originally, I thought she was a regular pink toe (Avicularia Avicularia) until she started showing her colors. Ottawa by laws didn't even have her species listed, so I don't know why the pet store had her.
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Geez... looking at Section "B" you can't keep much animals except for cat, fish or dog
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vaporize wrote:
May 4th, 2010 1:12 pm
are they poisonous?
All tarantulas are venomous/poisonous. The potency varies between species. Generally, the effects are similar to a bee sting (itchy red swelling), except there's more of a flesh wound (fangs). Some of the more aggressive species have more potent venom that can have certain effects on humans, like a high fever. It also depends on your physical condition (young and strong or old and weak) and potential allergies that determines the effects of the venom.
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JohnathanO wrote:
May 17th, 2010 3:15 am
would love a Martinique blue spider........Gorgeous.
It's top of my list of wants.


2nd would be a Cobalt Blue


3rd Goliath Bird Eater :D
The martinique blue spider picture you have is actually an infant Avicularia Versicolor. It goes by many names like Pink Martinique Spider or Antilles Pink Toe. As they grow older, they lose that blue and turn into that red/blue like Tilly. Hence the name Versicolor (multicolor).

As beautiful as they are, I would not want a Cobalt Blue. The Cobalts are extremely aggressive and basically cannot be handled. Their color are also sometimes enhanced by digital photography, so if some of you are planning to get one, see it with your own eyes first to see their true blue color.

Bird Eaters are a hit or miss. If you know what you're doing, you can handle one without much issue, but for newbies, I'd highly recommend they get some experience with less aggressive types before moving onto the largest tarantula.
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F*ck! that's a hell of a spider!

I think I do suffer light arachnophobia and the bird eater would surely give me a heart attack if I had one on me.
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you people all scare me!

(the blue cobalt looks cool though!)
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[QUOTE]The Cobalts are extremely aggressive and basically cannot be handled[/QUOTE]

lol yeah, thats the reason it will always be on my want list

I've had spiders for most of my life, i love'em

The bird eater will prob be my next purchase :D
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