Tarantula edging over to...?

Tarantula

Tarantula is fun to have around and is great wherever you take her. She doesn't need feeding, doesn't moult, doesn't get injured if she's dropped, and... she's happy just to hang around any day, any season whether to watch, to talk, to study, to wait, or go.

Travel with Tarantula


Tarantula is super easy to pick up especially by any one of her eight legs and toss her on a bed, carry her in a tote bag, or put her on a seat in the car. She sleeps anywhere, on the floor, or on the bed where she rarely falls off. The silver grey of her fur camouflages her on many carpets and helps make her inconspicuous in her surroundings. (Although if you opt for pink, she will definitely stand out.) Not to mention that Tarantula hears and sees a lot of things you might miss. But be assured, Tarantula will never embarrass you by saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. She knows better than to do something like that. 




Tarantula, in the bag and ready to go.

Tarantula, in the bag and ready to go.

Spider Bites?

Some people may be afraid of spiders, but this Tarantula is different! She's not poisonous and she never bites. However, for a spider, our tarantula is quite large measuring 15 inches in length from her eyes to the end of her abdomen and 29 inches in width from the end of one leg across her thorax to the end of a leg on the other side.


Our first Tarantula belongs to Gina who has been Mistress Sarah's very good friend since they were in school together. Sarah, of course, had Bear with her and Gina had Tarantula with her so you can be sure that Bear and Tarantula got along great with each other and were a big help to Sarah and Gina while they were roommates at college. We've heard that Tarantula is an absolute whiz on a computer keyboard. 

Grey Tarantula examining the bed post.

Grey Tarantula examining the bed post.

About the Tarantula, the Arachnid (not an Insect)

Heading off the bed and heading somehere...


Here is a little more about the fascinating creature called a spider (taken from the sources listed below) 


Tarantulas are a type of spider or arachnid and are part of the scientific family Therephosidae. There are many, many different kinds of tarantulas throughout the world. They have eight legs with retractable claws at each end to help in climbing, two chelicerae that are used to chew (but also contain venom glands and fangs), and two pedipalpi near the mouth that are used to cut and crush food. A tarantula’s body ranges from one to four inches long, and its leg span is three to twelve inches. Some tarantulas have been know to live as long as thirty to forty years. The word tarantula originates from the town of Taranto in southern Italy.


Tarantulas living in the ground dwell in a burrow lined with their own silk. Those living in trees use their silk to make themselves a tent.


Tarantulas eat mostly insects, although larger tarantulas eat small creatures such as mice, birds, or lizards. Instead of catching their prey in a web, tarantulas will wait or sneak up, pounce on their prey, and then poison them. Once the victim is caught, tarantulas paralyze it with venom and use special digestive enzymes to make their prey soft enough to eat. 


Although many tarantulas are harmless to humans and bite infrequently, all are poisonous to some degree. Bites can range from a simple insect sting to illness. When a tarantula feels threatened, it will use its hind legs to scrape barbed hairs from the underside of its abdomen and fling them toward the danger. On a person, these hairs can cause irritation and a skin rash.


The hairs the spider looses do not grow back but they are replaced the next time the spider molts, a process in which the spider sheds its exoskeleton in order to grow bigger. Even a missing leg will reappear at this time although it may take more than one molt to achieve its full length.

 

Handle tarantulas with great care. Their skins, or exoskeletons, are quite thin and fragile and a fall from even a relatively short height can result in a fracture and death.


Tarantulas make great pets as they take up very little room and eat only infrequently. If you decide to get a real one, be sure to learn about proper care before bringing it home. Ken the Bug Guy rates the personality of some of the spiders he sells—such as not very handle-able, semi-handle-able, handle-able, recommend experience, just go slow, usually docile. It’s worth a look if you are interested in having your own tarantula. For more information on the fascinating tarantula, search the same sources we did for “tarantula” on the following websites:

www.tarantulas.com ~ Ken the Bug Guy ~ wikipedia ~ about insects
National Geographic