I got to handle a tarantula for the first time ever at the Portland Metro Reptile Expo! Courtesy of South Sound Reptiles (I think)!  I don’t remember the species. :c
As someone who’s handled lots of cockroaches and large(ish) beetles, I was expecting something scratchier and heavier, but they’re so light-footed and dainty, I couldn’t even believe how cute it was.
AS: thats a Chaco Golden Knee Tarantula! and yes they are so light you can barely feel them walking on you!
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I got to handle a tarantula for the first time ever at the Portland Metro Reptile Expo! Courtesy of South Sound Reptiles (I think)!  I don’t remember the species. :c

As someone who’s handled lots of cockroaches and large(ish) beetles, I was expecting something scratchier and heavier, but they’re so light-footed and dainty, I couldn’t even believe how cute it was.

AS: thats a Chaco Golden Knee Tarantula! and yes they are so light you can barely feel them walking on you!

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P. Pulcher tarantula female
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P. Pulcher tarantula female

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Her name was Jackie, she live with me more than 5 years, she die in 2012, but she live in my heart for ever, I love her so much and I thank to my father to give me that beautiful present. I will never forget you Jackie, you were my best friend.
AS: what a cutie, sorry for your loss. 
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Her name was Jackie, she live with me more than 5 years, she die in 2012, but she live in my heart for ever, I love her so much and I thank to my father to give me that beautiful present. I will never forget you Jackie, you were my best friend.

AS: what a cutie, sorry for your loss. 

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an Amazonian Saphire Pink toe tarantula Avicularia diversipes
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an Amazonian Saphire Pink toe tarantula Avicularia diversipes

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Found my own Cat Faced orb weaver this evening :)

Found my own Cat Faced orb weaver this evening :)

I think this is a Giant House Spider, Tegenaria Gigantea. I found him(?) outside in a basket looking web.
AS: good guess but it’s a Funnel web/ Grass spider female Agelenopsis aperta :) nice picture!
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I think this is a Giant House Spider, Tegenaria Gigantea. I found him(?) outside in a basket looking web.

AS: good guess but it’s a Funnel web/ Grass spider female Agelenopsis aperta :) nice picture!

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Anonymous asked: I've been thinking of getting a cute pink-toed tarantula for a while, but I know that any tarantula has a quirky secret defense. Seeing these SUPER fuzzy babies posted on here, how do tarantula handlers protect themselves in case a spider gets spooked and sheds their fur in the general face region of the owner?

In my experience just try not to upset them/close the lid really fast. If your spider is skiddish enough to do this regularly wear goggles while opening the tank. If they are captive bred chances are they will save flicking hairs as a last resort (depending on the temperament of the individual spider) mainly because they don’t get those hairs back till their next molt so they are left without one of their defenses for possibly quite a while :) I have 10 tarantulas and only once has one flicked hairs at me (Shelob my t. stirmi) and that was before she was settled in. Pink toes are in general very docile and unlikely to flick hairs :)

Cat faced spider Araneus gemmoides as near as I can tell.
AS: yep it looks like a cat faced orb weaver alright :)
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Cat faced spider Araneus gemmoides as near as I can tell.

AS: yep it looks like a cat faced orb weaver alright :)

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Jackie Girl!!  8.5 year old b.smithi :D ….out and about, roaming her quarters!! ❤
AS: gorgeous! 
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Jackie Girl!!  8.5 year old b.smithi :D ….out and about, roaming her quarters!! ❤

AS: gorgeous! 

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Got this picture outside my boyfriend’s house.
Any idea what it is?
AS: thats a Black Widow Juvenile Female Latrodectus mactans!  they look a lot like brown widows but an adult brown widow has a dark cepholothorax (head) while a juvenile black widow has a light head with a stipe like the one pictured! 
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Got this picture outside my boyfriend’s house.

Any idea what it is?

AS: thats a Black Widow Juvenile Female Latrodectus mactans!  they look a lot like brown widows but an adult brown widow has a dark cepholothorax (head) while a juvenile black widow has a light head with a stipe like the one pictured! 

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