UMMM OKAY!!! i’ll try!!! (this is going to be super long)
IDK WHERE TO START UHHH SO LETS START HERE
there are two main types of tarantulas
you got your new worlds, then you have your old worlds.
your NEW WORLDS like the name obviously state come from the new world or most of the western hemisphere (minus australia.) AKA north america and south america! most of these species possess urticating hairs, meaning they can give you a rash if you make them mad! they possess these hairs on their BUTTS (i mean abdomens.) this is why they are so fluffy and stuff. you don’t really wanna go around petting a NW tarantulas abdomen.
EEEEEE cute, right?!?!
if you have a really nervous NW tarantula, they can end up kicking all their hairs off and getting a cute little old man bald spot!
however, they have the ability to regenerate a full butt of hairs with each molt.
NW tarantulas make the best “pets” because instead of their first defense mechanism be BITING (which freaks people out) is either to run or they kick their hairs off instead. and because they possess these kawaii barbed fuzz needles, means their venom is very very weak to humans. (if they’re the bitey type…)
new world tarantulas are generally more calm and a lot don’t even feel the urge to kick hair.
some NW tarantulas completely lack the urticating hair so they have more of an old world tarantula attitude…
the psalmopoeus genus is a great example of these itchless new worlds! though they are very pretty, they typically can be very defensive and are reported to have strong venom. (bites are very rare an non-lethal to humans)
that pretty much sums up your new world tarantulas!!!
your old world (africa, asia, australia…) tarantulas are a little different…
they lack these urticating hairs which is a plus for some experienced keepers/collectors who cant stand the itchies! (personally, urticating hairs dont bother me usually.)
since they lack these hairs they often come with a bad attitude and some pretty serious venom an speed! they’re recommended as pets for experience keepers only.
did i mention they can also be extremely beautiful?! they make awesome observational look but don’t touch display pets.
their venom can cause severe pain, nausea, muscle cramping, headaches, dizziness, irregular heart beat.. etc.
this being said, no one has ever died from a tarantula bite before, and are not considered medically significant!!
every tarantula has a different personality. you can have a new world who is very mean, and an old world who is very nice.
i have a nhandu coloratovillosus female who are suppose to be a very mean species of new world tarantula, but she is a pet rock! she is the sweetest tarantula i own.
she doesn’t ever kick or throw a threat pose!
then i also have a brachypelma vagans girl who are supposed to be on the docile, laid back end of tarantulas.. but…
that’s her… obviously not a happy girl! her first instinct is to bite, then kick hair!
she’s fine as long as you don’t spook or provoke her, though. i love them all the same!
they come in all different sizes and colors!!!!
when most people think of tarantulas they think big brown spider…
but they also come in what the heck rainbow spider colors!!!
they also come in halloween color, convenient for the month of october!!!
their size range from XXS
(^ also perfect for valentines day)
i’m pretty sure there’s a tarantula for everyone! (if you’re into that sort of thing…)
ok this concludes my brief essay on tarantulas!!! there is so much more to be said but i am hungry now so bYE
This is great.