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Marta

Marta

Overall satisfaction

5/5

Acquired: Other

Gender: N/A

Appearance

5/5

Temperament

4/5

Easy to handle

3/5

Visibility

5/5

Easy to keep

5/5

Health

5/5

ActivityLevel

3/5

Stunning looking species, easy to keep

By

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

Posted May 15, 2012

Let me first preface my review by saying that all tarantulas are individuals, there is no telling what they may do.
With that said, let me say that Marta (female) is one of my favorite tarantulas, and also one of my most gentle. I have handled her many times with no issues whatsoever. These are normally NOT considered handleable spiders by most people. Apparently, Marta missed the memo, haha!
Pros: There are many.... These grow to a good size (8" or so). Their appetite is almost legendary, the only time mine refuses food, is when she is pre-molt. These are most often visible, I provide Marta (as I do with all my T's) with a bark hide... She has used it maybe twice, ha.. Most often she sits on top of it, scanning for prey. As stated before, My girl is very calm. Handling, photoshoots, and re-housing her are simplicity itself.
I do want to mention one thing: I feel some people mistake this species' brutal feeding response for aggression. In all honesty, I think they are big bluffers. Once, tired, I just stuck my bare hand in her tank (not recommended) and she instantly whirled around, latched onto my thumb with all her forelegs... then a half-second later... noticed I wasn't food, and she just stormed off!
Again, tho, your mileage may vary.

As for cons to the species... well, there aren't too many, in my opinion. As they get older, they can become hair flickers. Marta is a bit of a flicker. Beyond that, they may not be very easy to obtain, one's best bet is a specialised tarantula / invert dealer.
That's about it, fantastic spiders.

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