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About time the lil bugger molted!

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    Default About time the lil bugger molted!

    As some of you know, I have 'critters' as opposed to cats n dogs. For those you didn't know -- well I guess ya do now.

    Been waiting for my B. smithii sling to molt (proper terminology for those might be interested is ecdysis) for a few weeks or so now. All the signs were there but whether it was because of the cooler weather/season or just orneriness that was causing the hold-up I don't know. Got some decent growth this round in any event -- legspan increased by about 1 cm. Color is starting to improve too as it starts to take on more adult coloration.

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    Cool! what other critters do you have?

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    Wow, he (or she) is pretty. How big will this guy get? Do they mind being handled?

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    Nice Mexican Red-Knee. How old? It's a very young one.

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    Gosh, s/he is pretty to look at in a photo, but I think I would just about pass out if I found that guy anywhere on or near my person. LOL. Great photo too.

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    can it bite if you make a sudden movement? what would the bite be like?
    what do you use as feed? live crickets?

    how many do you have?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrey6115 View Post
    Nice Mexican Red-Knee. How old? It's a very young one.
    Thanks, Jeff. It is indeed a youngun. Got it in Oct of 2008 I think. I believe it was already a 2nd or 3rd instar when I got it. If so, then I estimate that it is currently at its 10th or 11th instar and only about 2 years old. So it still has a long long way to go.

    Quote Originally Posted by dougroc View Post
    Wow, he (or she) is pretty. How big will this guy get? Do they mind being handled?
    Ever see "Indiana Jones" movies? Or any horror movie using tarantulas? They get to be pretty good sized ... an adult female has a body roughly 4 inches (10 cm) long, with a legspan of 6–7 inches (15–18 cm),

    No arachnid I know of nor the vast majority of herps (reptiles and amphibians) enjoy being handled. They may tolerate it, but certainly don't look forward to it. This type of T is generally very tolerant of being handled. Because they are so docile, they are often used in movies.

    Quote Originally Posted by stefpix View Post
    can it bite if you make a sudden movement? what would the bite be like?
    what do you use as feed? live crickets?

    how many do you have?
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    Heck it could bite if I make no movement ... but then so can a cat or dog or any other animal. A bite from this type of T would like be about as painful as a bee sting. But a bite is highly unlikely in any event.

    Live crickets are the most convenient food source for me to use.

    Currently I have 2 Ts ... this one and my female Grammostola rosea

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alana View Post
    Cool! what other critters do you have?
    Fewer than I used to .... last year was a bad year. Lost my leopard gecko, Peanut, do to her being eggbound. I was quite attached to her -- a lot of personality and cute to boot. Lost my Uropygid (aka vinegaroon) due to old age. Lost my Avicularia versicolor -- a very colorful T -- for reasons unknown. So currently I have my 2 T's and my pueblan milksnake, Masquerade (I've had her for at least 8 years now).

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    After reading through your answers, its amazing you can bring yourself to handle them. I was able to go to war somewhat comfortably, but handling a Tarantula is way, way beyond me. Looked up the Whip Scorpion, didn't even know such a critter existed.

    In spite of my hangups, I think the Mexican Red-Knee is nicely colored.
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    Quote Originally Posted by navyderek View Post
    After reading through your answers, its amazing you can bring yourself to handle them.
    How so, Derek? Really I'd be more likely to get seriously scratched by a cat or dog or even bitten by one than by my T's ... and the physical damage from the cat or dog would be far worse/more dangerous. The public tends to go into hysterics any time a story comes out about someone getting harmed by pet reptiles or inverts yet far far more people are hurt or even killed by dogs every year.

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    I didn't mean that in a bad way at all. In fact, I am quite impressed. And the statistics support you completely. There is just some fear deep within myself I can't get over. And I just seem to have bad luck with crawlies, I buck the statistics.


    Tangential stories: I am a pretty heavy sleeper, but this one time during my first night in a new place about 12 years ago, I woke up from a dream in which I was being stabbed, and felt a sharp pain in my arm and back. The pain didn't stop upon waking either, and I noticed some small things on me. A family of scorpions had made short work of my back and arm, and with the over 20 stings I went numb all over and into shock. I did have time to note that I was going numb and likely into shock, so it worked out okay. However, I don't even know where they came from or why I was bait! That stunk. Lol

    Then there was the spider that got me while camping that in spite of treatment got really bad and abscessed. Or that time with the bees.... There's more too ... Lol .... It's ridiculous my luck with these guys.

    Anyways, handling spiders or other insects are beyond me now-- and anyone like yourself that keeps them as pets is made of sterner stuff than I.

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