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Re: A customer's tarantulas

Postby LindaShorey » Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:55 am

I just made a second comment, but it disappeared when you posted the gecko, lol. There are some real beauties here, Duck. I enjoyed a lot. Your mention of ants reminded me of the large leaf cutter ant colony at the National Zoo's invertebrate exhibit where I volunteered in the late 1980's. We had many long tubes connecting the nest to the areas where the leaves were so people could easily see them working diligently.
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Re: A customer's tarantulas

Postby Duck » Tue Jul 04, 2017 1:03 am

LindaShorey wrote:[...]We had many long tubes connecting the nest to the areas where the leaves were so people could easily see them working diligently.

Funny you should mention tubes. Rachel has queens in test tubes and some are attached to this maze like colony thing with clear windows. It was pretty interesting how she cultivates the colonies.

Personally I would rather see these critters out in their habitat. But then, I'm not a 'pet' person anyway. Having ants and spiders and snakes just sitting around isn't for me. Sure, they're cool to look at, but that would get old for me after a few days.
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Re: A customer's tarantulas

Postby PietFrancke » Tue Jul 04, 2017 1:45 pm

Holy Moly what a set! I love these, but I got to say while they document perfectly the different varieties of monstrosity, I liked the first for a sense of scale. King Kong in New York has nothing on these guys! I'm with you about them as pets... Dogs make good pals.

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Re: A customer's tarantulas

Postby Psjunkie » Tue Jul 04, 2017 1:59 pm

Well done Duck...better you than me on this one, I'm a fan if neither snakes or spiders...

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Re: A customer's tarantulas

Postby uuglypher » Tue Jul 04, 2017 2:49 pm

Wow! I'd never envisioned a "body of work" on tarantulas, but by damn...you summit!
Fascinating!

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Re: A customer's tarantulas

Postby Duck » Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:33 pm

While I won't actively seek out spiders (or snakes) I won't shy away from them either. If you ever get the chance to experience having a tarantula walk on your arm you should do it. It is an experience not soon forgotten. They are light on their feet and it's definitely a unique sensation. Of course do it with a docile specimen and a handler that knows what they're doing. And just for a note, most tarantula bites aren't terribly bad. Some no worse than that of a wasp (so I'm told.)

While I wasn't really handling any of the spiders for this shoot, I did get caught in the crossfire of one of them "flicking hairs". This is a defensive mechanism many tarantulas use where they will use a back leg to 'flick' hairs off the top of their abdomen at anything they consider adversarial (usually some animal sniffing around). In this case it was my hand. It's like having fiberglass dust get on you, super itchy. My inner wrist is still feeling it. :thumbdown:
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Re: A customer's tarantulas

Postby St3v3M » Sun Jul 09, 2017 1:22 am

This is an absolutely beautiful series of amazing little creatures. Thank you for sharing these! S-
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