Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Jan 29, 2015
Earlier on in my career, I got to experience something I never thought I would really enjoy. I got to work with a Pinktoe Tarantula, which for me at the time, was horrifying. I have a long history of Arachnophobia (fear of spiders), and I was not about to walk up and touch this spider out of the blue. I was scared out of my mind and wanted nothing to do with it.
That all changed, however, when I decided to take a "risk" and feed it. After watching it eat I felt a little more comfortable being around its tank. I got closer and closer over time until I got to watch one of my coworkers handle it. After that I became more curious than anything and decided to try my luck. I held a spider in the palm of my hand for the first time in my life. I was sweating, I was nervous, but she did not bite me. I was relieved and actually started to enjoy the experience, finally being able to appreciate the coloration and docile nature of this spider I had been so fearful of prior.
By the time we had sold her, I became very close to this Tarantula, I held it almost daily and learned to love it. My fear of spiders is much less pronounced now because of my experience with a Pinktoe Tarantula. So, in a sense, you could say that I went through a form of animal-therapy without even trying. The docile nature of these arachnids stuns and surprises me.
If you know someone with Arachnophobia, I might recommend introducing them to a spider of this species. It helped me and it may be able to help them. They make great pets for the aspiring arachnid owner and are overall, pretty fun to keep.
-Fun to watch them eat
-Great first pet spider
-Likes to hide
-Needs live food
-Spiders are not for everyone
Photo credit goes to DiverDave on Wikimedia
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