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Anyone here keep Inverts?

I ran a search, and got a few threads that mentioned them but nothing major so I thought I would ask, any other members keep any Invertebrates?

I have been keeping tarantulas for a # of years now.

I got my first in an attempt to get over my insane phobia of spiders, and somehow got addicted. I'm kind of hesitant to tell you all how many I currently have in case I'm the only freak who keeps them .

I am a member (moderator also) over on Arachnoboards, probably the busiest/biggest Invertebrate forum out there.

Anyway, just wanted to see if anyone else was as nuts as me lol.

Not inverts, but I also used to keep snakes (Ball Pythons, and Colombian Boas), as well as various types of geckos. I love reptiles, but not so much the space they take up. So now it's just the tarantulas, 2 cats, fishtank and the Dobe kid.
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I've got a 1" b.smithi named Zuri I got her to get over my fear too. I'm fond of her, but I wouldn't want her out of the deli cup either...

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I'd love an a. Avic or a.versi too. I'm told T's are like potato chips, can't have just one!

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I've got a 1" b.smithi named Zuri I got her to get over my fear too. I'm fond of her, but I wouldn't want her out of the deli cup either...
My first was a G. pulchripes sling, she is now a 6.5" mature female I have about 35 currently, but 14 of those are the remaining slings from a sac I recently produced, and that's a low # for me, I sold off a good chunk of my collection in the last few months.

My B. smithi would not be handle able, she is a big time hair kicker, but so pretty.

They ARE like potato chips lol, and Avics are great, my female A. avic recently died (she was an old lady), and my only other Avic at the moment is a female versi.
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I'm pretty sure if the spider population was greater than the people population my boyfriend would move out lol! He still thinks I'm going to chicken out and he'll have to care for Zuri.
Sorry for the loss I hear avics are hard to, well, keep alive really. How much truth should I hold to that? Also would love to know how you keep so many- deli cups and vials? I have a KK I'll transfer her over to when she's bigger but I *love* the acrylic enclosures!

Are you going to the expo tomorrow?

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I'm pretty sure if the spider population was greater than the people population my boyfriend would move out lol! He still thinks I'm going to chicken out and he'll have to care for Zuri.
Sorry for the loss I hear avics are hard to, well, keep alive really. How much truth should I hold to that? Also would love to know how you keep so many- deli cups and vials? I have a KK I'll transfer her over to when she's bigger but I *love* the acrylic enclosures!

Are you going to the expo tomorrow?
Avics aren't hard to keep, I have never lost a single one one due to anything other than old age Somehow it became a "thing" for people to tell other hobbyists that they are tough to keep. I don't fuss over mine much, and they do just fine.

I have a closet converted into a spider room, so they are just in whatever size enclosure they need (I like plastic bins converted), and then stacked. The slings are in small delis of course.

Not going to the expo this time, but you if you go, you should look for Martin and Amanda (Tarantula Canada), they are awesome people, and have the best selection you will find.

Edit* I'm assuming since you mentioned the expo that you're close to TO. If you ever want we could get together, I could show you the collection and we could have a Dobe playdate We are just north of newmarket. Oh, and my BF doesn't mind the spiders, but he has said I don't need anymore lol.

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I would love to see your collection/dobe playdate! How is the middle of January? I know its far off but work is crazy this time of year

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I would love to see your collection/dobe playdate! How is the middle of January? I know its far off but work is crazy this time of year

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January works for me, it's pretty crazy around here too this year lol. We will have to work things out in PM
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I have had mantids for pets off and on, rear monarchs in summer when I have time and have kept the odd fall season spider fed until they passed.
I like jumping spiders- no one is allowed to squash them in my house.

One day I would love to have a large orb spider, argiope aurantia.

While I think tarantulas are cool have read that horror story of them throwing microscopic hairs into people's eyes when stressed :O)

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If water inverts count i got a blue crayfish. I am arachnophobic and do not think ill overcomw that to be honest :/

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While I think tarantulas are cool have read that horror story of them throwing microscopic hairs into people's eyes when stressed :O)
New World tarantulas (those from the New World, the Americas etc) have urticating hairs that they can kick when threatened. Old Worlds, (Africa, Asia, Australia etc) lack these hairs, but they tend to be more defensive.

In all of my years keeping spiders I have only had a couple that were hair kickers, and to get them in your eyes you have to holding them/their enclosures pretty close to your face, they tend to just kind of go in a poof around the spider when they kick. The worst I've had has been itchy hands from them kicking, but most of my new world spiders don't even bother kicking. If you're careful there is no need to be worried about getting them in your eyes.Non hobbyists tend to make the hairs out to be much worse then they are, yes some people have worse reactions than others but again, if you aren't stupid about it, it's not a something to worry about. Kind of like how if you raise your Dobe properly they won't be the vicious killers that they general public think they are

As I said, I'm a mod on the Arachnoboards forum, and I know a good amount of the regulars there in RL (many are very good friends of mine now ). I think I have read on the forums (and they are very busy, with a large active user base), only one account of someone getting hairs in their eye.

Yes, it could happen, and it would suck, but don't let it turn you off tarantulas if you are interested in getting one

I hope my long ramble made sense lol.

Oh, and I love mantids! Ive kept a few they just don't live very long I also love jumpers, theyre so darn cute.
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New World tarantulas (those from the New World, the Americas etc) have urticating hairs that they can kick when threatened. Old Worlds, (Africa, Asia, Australia etc) lack these hairs, but they tend to be more defensive.

In all of my years keeping spiders I have only had a couple that were hair kickers, and to get them in your eyes you have to holding them/their enclosures pretty close to your face, they tend to just kind of go in a poof around the spider when they kick. The worst I've had has been itchy hands from them kicking, but most of my new world spiders don't even bother kicking. If you're careful there is no need to be worried about getting them in your eyes.Non hobbyists tend to make the hairs out to be much worse then they are, yes some people have worse reactions than others but again, if you aren't stupid about it, it's not a something to worry about. Kind of like how if you raise your Dobe properly they won't be the vicious killers that they general public think they are

As I said, I'm a mod on the Arachnoboards forum, and I know a good amount of the regulars there in RL (many are very good friends of mine now ). I think I have read on the forums (and they are very busy, with a large active user base), only one account of someone getting hairs in their eye.

Yes, it could happen, and it would suck, but don't let it turn you off tarantulas if you are interested in getting one

I hope my long ramble made sense lol.

Oh, and I love mantids! Ive kept a few they just don't live very long I also love jumpers, theyre so darn cute.
Haven't delved knowledge wise to even know there was an "old v new" world designation w/taratantulas. Interesting!

There are some really cool jumping spiders out there. When my mom lived in New Braunfels I found & kept a phiddipus jonsonia(sp), candy apple red fur!
There were some teal/blue black & white speckled ones out there too. I loved watching them- they move like tanks LOL.

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Oh man, it's Shell. I'm on Arachnoboards, same username. I don't have any inverts yet so I don't chat much though.


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Haha, is that a good "oh man" or a bad one? I'm not *that* scary over on AB . I do recognize your username. Hurry up and get a spider, what are you waiting for?!
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Haha, is that a good "oh man" or a bad one? I'm not *that* scary over on AB . I do recognize your username. Hurry up and get a spider, what are you waiting for?!
Good oh man

Haha well gotta wait till after our move. Can't take them with me internationally so I don't want to spend money on them yet.


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