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06 June 2013 @ 04:31 pm
A summer houseguest  

I’m tarantula-sitting this summer.

I’d share a picture, but am holding off either out of respect for the arachnophobes or out of respect for the tarantula’s privacy, you decide.

But I have to say, tarantulas are the lowest maintenance pets ever. They need their water refilled every 2-3 days. And appreciate being fed a cricket or mealworm about once a month, too.

It’s true they don’t do some of the usual pet things. Like return affection. Or move much at all, unless you’re giving them water or accidentally jostle their enclosure.

But they hang out being tarantulas. Surely this is enough.

Makes you wonder why more people don’t keep them, really.

Mirrored from Janni Lee Simner / Desert Dispatches.

Janni Lee Simner: arctic foxjanni on June 6th, 2013 11:34 pm (UTC)

Bonus fact: this is a rescue tarantula. It makes me happy, knowing there are people in the world whose thing is tarantula rescue.
asakiyume: turnip lanternasakiyume on June 7th, 2013 12:50 pm (UTC)
That is truly a delightful bonus fact--I quite agree: I'm glad there are tarantula rescuers out there.
Elizabeth McCoy: Krosp EEK!archangelbeth on June 7th, 2013 08:31 pm (UTC)
While tarantulas are spiders, and I DO NOT LIKE SPIDERS NEAR ME THANK YOU VERY MUCH AAAAAHHHHGH!, it is also a good thing in the world that there is such a thing as tarantula rescue, if only to make sure that abandoned tarantulas do not show up in my back yard.
white_infinitywhite_infinity on June 7th, 2013 01:32 am (UTC)
If you're brave enough, tarantulas are neat to hold on the palm of your hand. Snakes are just as easy to take care of and are much cuter.
Janni Lee Simner: arctic foxjanni on June 7th, 2013 07:52 pm (UTC)
I'm brave enough--just was letting the tarantula settle in, and also getting a feel for how much handling they do or don't want. Will definitely have to try.
asakiyume: turnip lanternasakiyume on June 7th, 2013 12:53 pm (UTC)
I think I prefer a little more interactivity with my pets, but it must be cool to be able to get a good, up-close look at a monstrous furry spider, rather than, y'know, just having to refer to pictures or videos.
Janni Lee Simner: arctic foxjanni on June 7th, 2013 07:54 pm (UTC)
It is pretty cool! Though I've seen them before, occasionally, since we do have them here. But those have usually been on their way to someplace else.
S J Hollisuninv1ted on June 7th, 2013 07:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for not sharing a picture! I can't even look at drawings of spiders. If I find a picture of a spider in a magazine or the paper I have to find someone to rip it out and take it away for me, lol.