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    cute tarantula!
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    Quote Originally Posted by seedjar View Post
    Is it really their jaws that they can bite a person with, or their mandibles? I think I remember something about the venom fangs being inside their mouth. Or maybe that's a different spider...
    Either way, very cute. Most tarantulas have a slight air of creepiness but the pink toes are overwhelmingly charming. (Still not sure I wouldn't be pretty startled if I stumbled across one unexpectedly.) Is the body soft at all, or is it all stiff and shell-like under the fur?
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    same as any spider the big fangs hold the venom.....doesnt do any good to have venom where it cant be injected into a critter.....
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    NIIIICE Devon! How long have you had him/her? Very cute
    Thanks! I've had her for a month or so now.

    Naming a pink toe tarantula Socks is like naming a boa constrictor Cuddles.

    She's a very cute little gal.
    lol, thanks Clue.

    aww, she's so cute!
    thankyou.

    I thought most tarantula can't bite through our skin BTW awesome!
    Yeah, they definetly can, but thanks anyway.

    Is the body soft at all, or is it all stiff and shell-like under the fur?
    I'm pretty sure she has an exo skeleton or something like that... she ism't soft, really. I really need to research how they work or whatever and everything.

    cute tarantula!
    Thanks!

    I just got her cause I held one, and I just really loved it they walk really funny and I love spiders, so I eventually saved up for one. Now I'm hooked on tarantulas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devon.B View Post
    I'm pretty sure she has an exo skeleton or something like that... she ism't soft, really. I really need to research how they work or whatever and everything.
    I see. I know spiders have exoskeletons, but I've also seen some where parts of the body seem to expand and contract as though they were breathing, so I've always wondered how pliable or rigid their bodies actually are. The only times I've handled tarantulas I was a little intimidated and I mostly took the policy of letting them do the exploring/investigating.
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    I'm not sure, sounds intersting though... But yeah, lol, like I said I still need to research more and stuff. :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by seedjar View Post
    Is the body soft at all, or is it all stiff and shell-like under the fur?
    I don't know about the body 'softness' but I seemed to recall something about them having irritating hairs. This is from Wiki on their defense strategy:
    Besides the normal "hairs" covering the body, some tarantulas also have a dense covering of irritating hairs called urticating hairs, on the opisthosoma, that they sometimes use as protection against enemies.[3] These hairs are present on new-world species but not on specimens from the Old World.

    Urticating hairs are usually kicked off the abdomen by the tarantula, but it is noteworthy that some may simply rub the abdomen against the target, such is so with the Avicularia genera. These fine hairs are barbed and designed to irritate. They can be lethal to small animals such as rodents. Some people are extremely sensitive to these hairs, and develop serious itching and rashes at the site. Exposure of the eyes and breathing system to urticating hairs should be strictly avoided. Species with urticating hairs can kick these hairs off: they are flicked into the air at a target using their back pairs of legs. Tarantulas also use these hairs for other purposes such as to mark territory or to line their shelters (the latter such practice may discourage flies from feeding on the spiderlings). Urticating hairs do not grow back, but are replaced with each moult. The intensity, amount, and flotation of the hairs depends on the species of tarantula. Many[who?] owners of Goliath Birdeaters (T. Blondi) claim that theraphosids have the worst urticating hairs[citation needed].

    To predators and other kinds of enemies, these hairs can range from being lethal to simply being a deterrent. With humans, they can cause irritation to eyes, nose, and skin, and more dangerously, the lungs and airways, if inhaled. The symptoms range from species to species, from person to person, from a burning itch to a minor rash. In some cases, tarantula hairs have caused permanent damage to human eyes.
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    I had one for 15 years or so, big mother female named "martha"... (not a pink toe)

    martha eventually figured out how to get out of her cage, i kid you not... one time i went in the bedroom, turned on the light and looked all over the room only not to find her... then as i was leaving I noticed her about 6 inches from the light switch.

    Martha had fangs that were at least 3/4" in length and prob closer to one inch, she was a monster

    They are fast as lightning too... dont underestimate them

    always wanted a mexican red leg back then

    give them places to hide and keep a shallow bowl of water for them constantly... for drinking and they need a little humidity

    feed a few crickets every so often.... martha was a pig, she would catch 4 or 5 at a feeding

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    awsome, lol, that must have been surprising. I would like a mexican red knee also, they're much calmer then pink toes. Pink toes are tree climbers so they are very fast. I have a small water dish for her and I mist the terrarium every day, and I have a few pothos plant cuttings in there with her and she used one leaf for her web, lol. Socks is still pretty small, and doesn't get very big. I feed her 1 large cricket a week. Thanks for the info.

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