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Hold a Tarantula
Tarantulas comprise a group of large and often hairy arachnids belonging to the Theraphosidae family of spiders, of which approximately 900 species have been identified. Most species of tarantulas are not dangerous to humans, and some species have become popular in the exotic pet trade.
If you decide to handle tarantula you must be very careful. It requires very little care and being handled is not necessary for its physical needs. Tarantula is probably better off not being held, but if you want to handle this spider there are a number of safe ways to do it.
Many tarantulas are very quick and can get away easily. The safest way to pick it up is to grip it securely between the second and third pair of legs with your thumb and forefinger. The tarantula’s reaction is to stop moving if you pick the spider up quickly and all its legs leave the ground at the same time.
Another way of picking up your spider is to gently nudge it into the palm of your hand or temporary container.
Once tarantula is in the palm of your hand slowly lift it making sure the spider stays in one place. Always keep your hand underneath the spider. Tarantulas like to crawl around a lot and you will find yourself constantly changing hands to prevent the spider from falling.
If a tarantula falls from any great height it will most likely prove fatal for the spider.
A tarantula’s first act of defense is to withdrawal or retreat. If this doesn’t work the spider will kick hairs at its attacker.
The bite of a pet tarantula is similar to that of a bee sting. If you are bitten by the spider clean the wound and use antiseptic to prevent any infections that may occur. The bite may throb and ache for a while and in some cases there may be nausea and fever.
Like most animals your pet tarantula will give warning before actually attacking. The spider will rear up on its two back pairs of legs and show its fangs. If this does not discourage would be assailants, it will strike.