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 :)