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tarantula bites and general tips
Bites and general info
Hey guys, Well id like to start of by saying im an experienced Tarantula keeper and i also breed my T's to. I want to help by giving advice on more than often asked questions i get asked and just general advice on tarantula's them selfs
Yes as a tarantula breeder i have been biten by many difrent sized and difrent species of tarantula which i would also like to add it was completely my fault and happy to say every one that nailed me did survive and i did not fling my hand and kill them
if you do get bit by any tarantula even the soft touch mexican red knee or chilean rose and it is your first bite from these docile species you must go straight to hospital once the tarantula has been safely put back and you wraped your hand up in a clean cloth, some of you may disagree on this. The reasons for doing this is, is because some people are alergic to the venom which can lead on to more problems , its better to be safe than sorry.
Once you no you are not alergic to the venom you may treat yourself at home by washing the puncture wounds with soapy water then cover with a clean cloth. Pain wise the bites are no worse if not less than a bee sting
Now i have some old world species like the P.Regalis, OBT, H.Lividum and so on i have been biten by my P.Regalis and H.Lividum. Both times were my fault i was not looking at were i was placing my hand and got taged. These are a different story the pain from both of these were pritty bad, the best way for me to describe it is it felt like someone had got a 4 inch nail made it red hot and stabed it into my hand it burnt like hell after about 5 mins my hole arm felt like this completely on fire and i was cramping up and sweaty (not feverish). This i no is normal from a bite from these guys but with a bite from any thing like these beautiful T's hospital is a must no messing around just go straight to hospital and get someone to take you due to cramping, in fact you cramp that bad you actually have to ppride your hands open just so there open so driving your self is out the question. Don't walk try relax remember what's pushing the venom around your body your heart. Although the venom will NOT (i cant stress this enough) kill you it will cause massive cramping of the mucles and quiet abit of pain.
Handling of your T's
people say its not a good idea to handle any T. My opinion is this you can hold any tarantula you want. Iv handled all of mine . My Old World and New World Tarantulas and not once have any of them bit me. Remember guys old world tarantulas only have 1 yes 1 defence and that's biteing were as new world have 2 some have 3 flicking hairs and biting and the additional 3rd shooting poo lol yea both tarantulas give signals like the threat posture and kicking of hairs and slaming there front legs on you to scare you of (ill go into detail on that later). When handling new world species (Docile) pick them up as you please, From my experience some of the docile new world T's shouldn't even have fangs they neva use em lol as for new world aggressive which i hate that word aggressive because there not there just defencive. I always go for the way i hold my old world T's once you have sucsesfully got them out of the container place your hand flat as possible don't tower you hand over them they hate it and that's one Reason why there so defencive so flat as possible, let your T be aware your there by gently stroking its back leg slowerly and gently. before you even touch em they are aware your about to. it'll then ither sit there and just think no im comfy im chilling lol or it'll walk/run onto your hand do not panic ok panic is your worst nightmare believe me lol and just handle it like you would usauly.
THREAT POSTURE !!
now i have been asked many questions about the threat posture like "When my tarantula goes into threat posture some times his fangs don't come all the way out why is that?" anouther is "My tarantula went into thret posture on my hand and he slamed down on to my hand and it didn't bite me. Does this mean something is wrong with my T?" well no there aint anything wrong. Tarantulas use this technique to scare a preditor away it's a warning basically if you come near me im having ya. Although tarantulas go into thret posture and there fangs are waving at you n your no dought thinking oh hell no lol well good news here's why it didn't bite that person, tarantulas use biteing as a last resort when defending them selfs, when they go into threat posture yea they may apear like there biting when they slam down but there not (not at first) there actually slaming there front legs on the ground first basically if your hand was there instead of feeling a pinch at first you may feel a little slap from your tarantula first which is kinda a funny feeling and some what ironic. But now you no this don't be fooled not all the time they use this technique it all depends on the level of thret and so on and well if your T is hungry it'll bite you lol so don't always asume there not using there fangs.
How Smart is a Tarantula REALLY
T's are not exactly dumb in fact i think its fair to say they have quiet a few charicteristics of a human and in some ways they are smarter than us. Humans get defencive when thretend so do tarantulas they breath they need warmth food water humidity and so on In fact what we call aggressive species i call the scaredy species because you look at a human who suffers panic/anxiety attacks or just generally abit scared of the world now compare that to the aggressive tarantulas from were im siting there just T's that are scared of there own shadow just like humans can be were as the docile T's are calm and to me there the brave species. Neva think your T's are stupid dumb or anything they can build perfect burrows build amazingly strong eggsacks with there bare hands no tools to build it with using silk come on now thats amazing =]
Any other info
if there is anything you would like to no about Tarantulas please ask and ill do a wright up for you
thankyou for reading through please comment if you miss believe something or wish to correct something wich you may think i am wrong on
im open minded even if you wish to leave an insult please do so
this was written on my own personal experiences from past and present remember this before wrighting any comments
thanks again =]