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Right now I've got dad's chihuahua here, my attack hamster, but I was thinking of adding one more low-maintenence pet.

I'm thinking:



Anyone here ever had, or now have a tarantula?
 

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Not personally, but be careful who you hand it to.

I hear they really don't like being dropped too much.

***SPLAT*** :shocked: :freak: :stop:
 

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While I've never owned one myself, for some 5+ years I shared an office with a guy whose wife raised, bred and sold tarantulas for a living.

They are absolutely amazing to watch and I find them rather fascinating. I learned a lot from Jon and his wife. At their home they had some 50+ adults including one from the local zoo that was as large as a salad plate. She ate small rodents.

And he's right, they don't like to be dropped. They kinda "break" when you do that.
 

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My brother had one for a while. I forget the actual maintenance required. I can ask him for ya and get back to ya. If you are interested in handling it, I would recommend that you start young. If you don't handle it often enough, it won't like being held. I think my bro's brushed a fang against me when I was holding it and needless to say I never held it again. Neither did my brother and it ended up being extremely shy.
 

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My son-in-law had one for years. It lived in a aquarium and stayed in a little house not moving very much. It ate crickets or baby mice but not very often.
The most common question was "Is it alive?"

Doug in Virginia
 
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