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Fuzz

Mexican Red Knee Tarantula

Overall satisfaction

4/5

Acquired: Other

Gender: N/A

Appearance

5/5

Temperament

5/5

Easy to handle

4/5

Visibility

5/5

Easy to keep

5/5

Health

4/5

ActivityLevel

4/5

Scared of Spiders, but...

By

United States

Posted Jul 06, 2013

Yes, a rather strange choice for a pet I guess for someone who is overly put off by spiders, but I suppose because of the size as well as the furlike appearance of their hair, I found myself quite comfortable with my Fuzz. I knew little about tarantulas and the huge variety (over 800 I believe) and their varying needs, care and handling requirements. Also, I apparently had a male with a very short life span compared to the female who can live to 20 I'm told. Mine made it a brief 2 years despite what I think was incredible care. They are amazing easy to keep and care for except during their molting periods while they are growing. Truly a small dish of water and some crickets was all it took to keep Fuzz quite content. I like most probably tried to overfeed. They can and do go for extended periods without eating. I never was bitten as I found they prefer to retreat than to bite. It really takes some improper handling I believe to ever be bitten. I did have one episode with their itchy hairs. lol. Best advice I believe is to keep handling to a minimum and a good hand wash after any contact. Definitely keep your hands away from your eyes. I never replaced Fuzz, but I would recommend a tarantula to anyone that is seriously considering one.

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