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Swarley88 01-27-2013 08:53 PM

Tarantulas and other interesting spiders
 
Any of you home brewers into tarantulas and spiders as much as I am? A very misunderstood and extremely interesting group of anthropods.

Billy-Klubb 01-27-2013 09:31 PM

when our company moved from Vegas to just outside Boulder City, the new building was infested with yellow scorpions & sun spiders. when the sodium lights went on, you could see them scatter to the walls. those sun spiders would come out while we were working and attack our feet then retreat. I think they're all very interesting, but that's as far as it goes.

petfotografer 01-27-2013 10:02 PM

I used to keep tarantulas and scorpions from my late teens and to my early thirties, at one time I had over 20 tarantulas in my apartment. I also had frogs, a couple of boa constrictors and a ball python, but I had to give most of them up because I didn't have the time to properly care for them while trying to run a business.
My favorite of the tarantulas was the first one I ever got back in '94, a B. smithi (Mexican Red Knee), he died in 2008, lived with me for 14 years.

Goofynewfie 01-27-2013 10:02 PM

I use to have a couple of pet tarantulas. I had a Mexican Red Leg that died when it was about 16 years old, and a Haitian Brown that was almost as big as a dinner plate and was a real nasty little bugger

Zuljin 01-27-2013 10:11 PM

I was working outside today and thinking of spiders. Mainly because there were a lot of them out. Not as many as spring and summer though.

Wolf spiders, jumping spiders, harvestmen (not really a spider), stretch spiders, tick spiders (reminded me of this thread http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f19/just-passedpawn-347957/ ), orb spiders, brown recluse and a bunch more we just call regular spiders.

Swarley88 01-27-2013 10:17 PM

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Originally Posted by petfotografer (Post 4833328)
I used to keep tarantulas and scorpions from my late teens and to my early thirties, at one time I had over 20 tarantulas in my apartment. I also had frogs, a couple of boa constrictors and a ball python, but I had to give most of them up because I didn't have the time to properly care for them while trying to run a business.
My favorite of the tarantulas was the first one I ever got back in '94, a B. smithi (Mexican Red Knee), he died in 2008, lived with me for 14 years.

That's pretty awesome. My first one was a Grammatosa Rosea. Her name was Rose. I still have her too :). They do some really peculiar things.

Swarley88 01-27-2013 10:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Zuljin (Post 4833373)
I was working outside today and thinking of spiders. Mainly because there were a lot of them out. Not as many as spring and summer though.

Wolf spiders, jumping spiders, harvestmen (not really a spider), stretch spiders, tick spiders (reminded me of this thread http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f19/just-passedpawn-347957/ ), orb spiders, brown recluse and a bunch more we just call regular spiders.

Where in the world do you live at? I live in Minnesota, only spiders I can see are inside.

inhousebrew 01-27-2013 11:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Swarley88 (Post 4833404)
Where in the world do you live at? I live in Minnesota, only spiders I can see are inside.

Me too. And I couldn't be happier. Screw those things, I could never live anywhere near them. And no, they are not more scared of me than I am of them. Completely irrational? Pretty much, but I'm happy up here.

Goofynewfie 01-27-2013 11:36 PM

Im up in alberta and the worst we have are wolf spiders, brown recluse and black widows

PanzerBanana 01-28-2013 01:10 AM

Movies have taught me to steer clear of "misunderstood" creatures. Never usually works out for whomever describes them as such. =p


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