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Re: Show Us Your Pets!
They eat crickets mostly, and occasionally, I'll give them "pinkies" (baby mice).
I modified a few "critter cages" - aquariums with a screened/locking top. I cut lexan to fit as a divider on the 10 gallon tanks and seated it with clear silicone gasket - giving them each half of the volume of the tanks. I have three 10 gal tanks split into two - housing for 6 T's.
They can't be kept all together. They're very territorial and will fight until there's only one T left alive. They can see each other (their vision is poor) in the cages, but can't make contact. That's best for all of them.
When my son was young, he liked to sleep on the floor of his bedroom closet. He said he was "camping out" in his cave. I called him my spider - and the nickname stuck.
After the divorce, I had a lot of idle time and started a sim-racing team named Arachnid Racing - in honor of my son. He felt the team should have a mascot, so I bought Carmen. Well he and his sister were so fascinated by her, I was begged to get more T's. Over the next few years, I bought a Chilean Rosehair, (Rosie - 6"), a Brazilian Pinktoe (Flash - 4"), a Metallic Pinktoe (Mumbo Jumbo - 4" - absolutely gorgeous spider and VERY fast), a Mexican Red Leg (Tick - 3"), Goliath, and Fang.
When I met my current wife, she was deathly afraid of spiders, so I began to sell them off. Well time passed, the wedding happened and I was still keeping three that didn't sell (the ladies remaining range in price from Goliath - $100 to Carmen - $450). My wife didn't want me to give them away, so I keep them in the basement hidden behind towels on a rack. They seem to like it just fine there.
They're great pets - no vet bills, cheap to feed, relatively no care, and YES, I do handle them. Yes, they're all poisonous - but in such minute amounts that the only real threat they pose would be to very young children. Yes, they bite and it hurts like a b@$t@^d! But they won't bite unless they have a reason, so I try not to give them one.
Thanks for the condolences. I'll miss Fang. She was small but had a LOT of attitude. She was docile and hard to p*$$ off, but when she put her pedipalps up in an attack posture, she could jump about a foot and hit you with her fangs......never sink them in, but hit you with them. She was a fun spider to have.
Goliath is very lethargic. I feed her well. At her size, you don't want to get her too worked up.
Carmen is just miserable. She doesn't bite, but she flicks urticating hairs from her abdomen with her back legs. When they float and get on your skin, it feels like you've been stung by a thousand bees. It's not fun.
Thanks for asking!