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Gigantic Spider in Sri Lanka

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Some species in the pet trade can fetch $100s of dollars. Such as this one, Poecilotheria metallica:

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This species are jungle arboreals, very quick and have a nastier venom than say the common Rose-Hair. No a good choice for inexperience tarantula keepers.

You should change your screen name to 'the spider man'... :P lol

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that's awesome and cool i want one of these types of spiders but i don't feel comfortable feeding it live food though so i won't get one.but nonetheless its cool they found a new species of these spiders though.are they only native in that country though?i seen spiders like tarantulas though at the zoo and etc they are cool

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Man these spiders look pretty hipster with all those colors. It's like they are trying to blend in with today's youth.

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I would never have though you would say that.. lol.. pretty spider!

The most disturbing thing about this is... It suddenly becomes a commodity, something of value rather than a wonder of nature.

As humans why cant we just accept something for its beauty, rather than what it could earn for us.

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We have lots of tarantulas here is southern AZ. Just the "regular" kind but they can get pretty big for spiders. I don't mind them at all. We also have "tarantula hawks", which is a huge wasp (I've seen adults about 2 inches) that stings the tarantula when it's in it's burrow, then lays it's eggs on it. The wasp fills in the burrow and the larva eat the tarantula. I've read on a scale of 1 to 10 their sting is a 10. I see one of those things flying at me I'm gonna R U N N O F T! The other thing I hate are scorpions. Try turning on your bedside lamp and see one on the wall next to it!

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Wow, how awesome. In the invert pet trade, the Poecilotheria species is given the common name of Ornamental Spiders for good reason. Every one of these arboreal tarantulas are stunningly gorgeous.

This rather oversized species certainly won't be making the pet trade though.

Awesome pokies! Is that ornata on your hand, loooong legs? There used to be a breeder with the most awesome T photos on his site. I think he went out of business.

My son breeds and raises them. They are very cool and some stunningly beautiful. Each kind so different in temperament.

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I'm not a spider fan. I was just minding my own business laying in bed, on my back talking on the phone. Then a spider has the nerve to spin its web from the ceiling down to my face. Not as big as this one though.

If these spiders were loose in my home, i'd have to get the frying pan out. They are probably too big to vacuum up.

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Some species in the pet trade can fetch $100s of dollars. Such as this one, Poecilotheria metallica:

tumblr_mg0ivzremj1r8x2ybo1_500.jpg

290px-Poecilotheria_metallica.jpg

This species are jungle arboreals, very quick and have a nastier venom than say the common Rose-Hair. No a good choice for inexperience tarantula keepers.

I took my son to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum and they had nothing like these beauties.

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I'm not a spider fan. I was just minding my own business laying in bed, on my back talking on the phone. Then a spider has the nerve to spin its web from the ceiling down to my face. Not as big as this one though.

If these spiders were loose in my home, i'd have to get the frying pan out. They are probably too big to vacuum up.

I will not be able to kill the thing..too scared to go near it and it just freaks me out. I would probably ran from the room, close the door and call someone to come get it. I get all freaked out just thinking of having to kill it (not because I like spiders..I hate them) but just the idea of getting so close that I can actually hit it with something.

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Awesome pokies! Is that ornata on your hand, loooong legs? There used to be a breeder with the most awesome T photos on his site. I think he went out of business.

My son breeds and raises them. They are very cool and some stunningly beautiful. Each kind so different in temperament.

Awesome! Unfortunately none of these pics are of any tarantulas I own just randoms off the internet. I no longer have any inverts at the moment but used to be a hobbyist several years back.

I can throw up pics of amazingly beautiful tarantulas all day long. They are nature's jewels.

That's true that each species has its own temperment, some are gentle and handable as puppies, others are flighty, and again others are bitey. And oftentimes tarantulas are rather individual as shown with the pic of the tame P. ornata and likewise someone may have a pet rose hair or red-knee, a species notorious for their docile natures, with an attitude.

Most new world tarantulas have adapted a defensive mechanism of urticating hair, in which they can kick hairs off their abdomens to protect themselves from predators. The hairs serves as irritant, that can temporarily blind predators and give their mouths, noses, and other tender parts of the body inflammation and swelling. Urticating hairs are nasty on the business end.

Old world tarantulas have not adapted this defensive mechanism, but generally speaking are very fast, aggressive, and possess stronger venoms than the new worlds (no one has died of a tarantula bite mind you) that may require a hospital visit. Especially the ones from Asia, the Pokies, and the African Baboon Spiders.

The great thing about Pokies is they are an arboreal tarantula, not only is this species dazzling to look at but they are also a very visible tarantulas. Alot of species of tarantulas are burrowers and you may rarely see them in captivity for months at time like the Asia tarantulas. The African Baboon Spiders do burrow but they are more visible webbers, in that they will spin silk EVERYWHERE.

Here the burrowing Blue Baboon Spider from Socata Island off of Yemen situated on the Arabian Peninsula:

Monocentropus balfouri

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Here is the arboreal Antilles Pinktoe, somewhat skittish mostly docile fuzzy teddybear, from Martinique and Guadeloupe:

Avicularia versicolor

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Awesome!

He got to go to the Amazon for 3 weeks at about 14 and made friends with a local Indian boy. He had a ball going out day and night and coaxing the arboreals and terrestrials out. Not to mention all the ones that inhabited their sleeping quarter's ceiling.

We had a Pink Toe (Avicularia Avi) I loved her. She had "ballet slippers on" and walked so gracefully!

We had a large orange cat at the time he got into T's and he was a feisty cat but we loved him. We ended up calling him OBT! lol

Cool! Thanks for the pix, they are definitely one of nature's best works of art.

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He got to go to the Amazon for 3 weeks at about 14 and made friends with a local Indian boy. He had a ball going out day and night and coaxing the arboreals and terrestrials out. Not to mention all the ones that inhabited their sleeping quarter's ceiling.

We had a Pink Toe (Avicularia Avi) I loved her. She had "ballet slippers on" and walked so gracefully!

We had a large orange cat at the time he got into T's and he was a feisty cat but we loved him. We ended up calling him OBT! lol

Cool! Thanks for the pix, they are definitely one of nature's best works of art.

What an awesome experience. Pink toes are awesome spiders. Very beautiful and very fuzzy.

And ya know what OBT stands for ... right? Orange Bitey Thing! ;)

A trade inside joke for arachnohobbyists.

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What an awesome experience. Pink toes are awesome spiders. Very beautiful and very fuzzy.

And ya know what OBT stands for ... right? Orange Bitey Thing! ;)

A trade inside joke for arachnohobbyists.

That's why we nicknamed our feisty orange cat OBT. It fit him perfectly. lol

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Agh, I had to go read this thread the day after I faced a Huntsman in my laundry :no: .

Honestly, though there comes a point where spiders are actually too big to kill without getting a guilty conscience. Go figure.

I actually had to "suck it up" and get a jar, follow it around, trying not to freak out and trap it - took a good 10 minutes. I then went outside and around the block and dropped it off making sure I ran back in the opposite direction it was headed when it hightailed it out of the jar.

*secretly proud I faced that lol*.

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To all those people calling this 'awesome' or 'beautiful', well, you're absolutely entitled to those views, but I personally think you're mad...

These 'creatures' are the most terrifying creatures alive, I would rather be in a river full of crocodiles than a room with a turantula, they terrify me, they petrify me, they are the reason I thank whatever lord there might be that I live in my homeland of Britain. South America? Australia? India? No thanks, I will never in my life visit them because there's even a slight chance I'd bump into these things.

To sum up...I hate these things....I truly do, they can't die quickly enough.

Edited by TheSpoonyOne

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This is why I live in Ohio.

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a little grick sum butter add vegy's oh hell yea we got us a hobo barbaque

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To all those people calling this 'awesome' or 'beautiful', well, you're absolutely entitled to those views, but I personally think you're mad...

These 'creatures' are the most terrifying creatures alive, I would rather be in a river full of crocodiles than a room with a turantula, they terrify me, they petrify me, they are the reason I thank whatever lord there might be that I live in my homeland of Britain. South America? Australia? India? No thanks, I will never in my life visit them because there's even a slight chance I'd bump into these things.

To sum up...I hate these things....I truly do, they can't die quickly enough.

A croc will tear you apart. Anyway Humans are the most terrifying creatures alive

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It's funny how my spider phobia at the same time tells me to cover myself and freeze in fear, and at the same time I want to pet those cute... :D

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What an awesome experience. Pink toes are awesome spiders. Very beautiful and very fuzzy.

And ya know what OBT stands for ... right? Orange Bitey Thing! ;)

A trade inside joke for arachnohobbyists.

Spider man, help! Please take a looksy at my post and help me identify a spider that jumped on me in the middle of the night!

http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=245955&st=0#entry4727505

Also, what are those pokey things on it's butt?

Thank you!

I just want to make sure I did not get bit by a brown recluse so I can get some sleep

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Am I the only one who thinks that Lars Ulrich has probably tried to sue the blue one for copyright infrigement? ;)

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I hate spiders they terrify me and after living in the south pacific I've seen some of the illest spiders to man.

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Spider man, help! Please take a looksy at my post and help me identify a spider that jumped on me in the middle of the night!

http://www.unexplain...=0#entry4727505

Also, what are those pokey things on it's butt?

Thank you!

I just want to make sure I did not get bit by a brown recluse so I can get some sleep

That is NOT a brown recluse! Species of Brown Recluse are often identified by the patterns of its leg sizes. I am not sure what it is but it is a completely harmless species.

Those pokey things are called the spinnerets. That is where the silk for their webs are spun from.

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I'm from Belgium, we only have common house spiders, some of which can grow to a size I've never seen, so I'm thinking certain species are crossbredding with each other due to the climate changes all over the world. We're now experiencing a weird spring. It's still 4 °C outside while it should be inbetween 14 °C - 25 °C. I think once the warm weather continuously begins, we'll be flooded with spiders. Either that, or most native spiders have not survived the long winter or they have emigrated too far.

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The difference is that Orcas are highly intelligent and get bored rather easily in confinement, and they are if you'll pardon the expression, "natural born killers" of large mammals. If you put one of these spiders in a say, a 100 gallon tank with plants, branches, hiding places, a bit of sand or soil, water, a heat lamp on one end and feed it regularly with a variety of insects, it would probably be quite content. It'd not like it requires a great deal of intellectual stimulation, it is pretty much driven by instinct. Really it's little different than tropical fish in an aquarium, or a leopard gecko in a terrarium. And like many tropical fish, they can be bred in captivity so if you buy from a breeder you are not taking them out of the wild.

That said I've never had any interest in keeping spiders, but I do think the little jumping spiders are neat.

Who in god's green earth puts a pet spider in a 100 gallon tank? Most tanks I've seen that people keep spiders in are very, very small. I really don't think anybody can say what intellectual stimulation a spider does or doesn't need. Just because a spider doesn't display the same intelligence or behaviours as a human, it doesn't mean it's not an intelligent creature in its own right. As a matter of fact, some spiders have been shown to be very intelligent. Human intelligence is not the be all and end all nor is it as good as it gets. Mankind is pretty darn stupid on the whole. Just look at the state of the planet.

I also highly doubt that they are just driven by "instinct". That word comes up a lot with pretty much every wild animal when it comes to some people and it's just a cop out to make ourselves feel more superior, like we're special in some way. We may not be able to relate to them directly but all animals share the basics... thoughts, feelings and even personalities. People who've had spiders as pets and interact with them enough will tell you that. You can have two spiders of the same species, bring them up in the same conditions; one may be naturally aggressive and the other may be naturally docile. That is not instinct, that's personality. I wish people would let go of the idea that we're the most intelligent beings on this planet and that only we can experience emotions and feelings and that a spider and/or other animals are somehow inferior life forms. There's probably more spiders in the world than there are humans and they're sure not selfishly screwing up the planet more and more day by day, nor going out of their way to conspire against and destroy each other.

Even if you buy from a breeder, I still think it's highly unfair to deny the animal the right it should have had at birth and thats to live its life in the natural world, or as close to it as possible, and that's sure not a small tank in somebody's bedroom. There's an awful lot you can't give a pet spider in captivity that it'd get in the wild and that's what I find sad. While it may be content enough with life in the tank (though I do doubt this), and even though it isn't aware of what it's missing so to speak because it doesn't know any better, it still should be entitled to life in the wild. It's a living creature for heaven's sake, we shouldn't deny it its natural life and imprison it just so... well, whatever reasons people want a pet spider. To be "cool" I guess.

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