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22-05-2016, 12:35 PM
Possible tarantula incoming
So... my neighbor recently dug up what they think is a tarantula. Could be another spider and they mistook it for one, but there's the possibility it's a tarantula. This has happened once before and the tarantula did make its way into our bathroom. Mainly I'm wondering about advice on tarantulas. Tongue

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22-05-2016, 12:38 PM
RE: Possible tarantula incoming
They kill you while you sleep. Tongue
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22-05-2016, 12:38 PM
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Fire works.


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22-05-2016, 12:44 PM
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Don't recall where you are, but if you are in the US, their fangs aren't hard enough to break your skin unless you give them some time to gnaw, and that would be on softer flesh external to clothing, like on a forearm.
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22-05-2016, 12:50 PM
RE: Possible tarantula incoming
(22-05-2016 12:44 PM)Fireball Wrote:  Don't recall where you are, but if you are in the US, their fangs aren't hard enough to break your skin unless you give them some time to gnaw, and that would be on softer flesh external to clothing, like on a forearm.

In California.

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22-05-2016, 12:54 PM
RE: Possible tarantula incoming
Most species of tarantulas are not dangerous to humans, and some species have become popular in the exotic pet trade.

No one has ever died of a tarantula bite as far as we know.

Some bites are like a bee sting.

Most will cause a small skin irritation with their bristles as a warning and prefer to remain peaceful and not bite.

A lot of the fear is hype.

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22-05-2016, 01:03 PM (This post was last modified: 22-05-2016 02:23 PM by GirlyMan.)
RE: Possible tarantula incoming
(22-05-2016 12:54 PM)Dom Wrote:  Most species of tarantulas are not dangerous to humans, and some species have become popular in the exotic pet trade.

No one has ever died of a tarantula bite as far as we know.

Some bites are like a bee sting.

Most will cause a small skin irritation with their bristles as a warning and prefer to remain peaceful and not bite.

A lot of the fear is hype.

The Brown Recluse on the other hand .... just wants to be left alone.

#sigh
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22-05-2016, 01:11 PM
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What Dom said is true. We have tarantulas in southern Colorado and they are harmless as are the overwhelming majority of the 900 plus species of tarantulas. They often have tarantulas in "petting zoos" because they love the warmth of the human body and they especially like to sit in the palm of your hand. You must be very gentle with them though because their exoskeleton is fragile and it is too easy to kill them through mishandling.
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22-05-2016, 01:25 PM
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Move immediately!
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22-05-2016, 01:39 PM
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(22-05-2016 01:25 PM)julep Wrote:  Move immediately!

O.K. Big GrinBig Grin

By the way, Julep, my son and grandson live in Massachusetts and you have Eastern Diamondbacks there; they are the deadliest snake in North America. [The coral snake has the deadliest neurotoxic venom but they are pretty docile.]
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