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    Hi all,

    I thought i would just post some pics of my little friends. My camera is broken right now so these pics are a bit old.

    My first, and favorite tarantula, E. pachypus female (females have the large back legs unlike the males of this species which look completely different)


    My Red Trapdoor spider, Gorgyrella sp. (i know, not much to look at but they have an attitude beyond belief)




    and my little G. rosea enjoying a waxworm


    that's all for now, i'll get pics of my other spiders and my scorpions when i get my camera fixed/get a new one

    EDIT: I guess the title should have said "Pics of my spiders" as the trapdoor is not a tarantula, it's a true spider.
    Last edited by Michael; 09-25-2007 at 07:39 AM.

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    awsome pictures. just to clarify, tarantulas are not spiders, but whats a few big differences from them?
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    Cool pics. Once I figure out how to get pics up here from my Mac I will put up our tarantulas. We got a couple of beauties!!

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    i'm sorry I am so freaking scared of spiders it's not even funny... that made me want to cry!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost147 View Post
    awsome pictures. just to clarify, tarantulas are not spiders, but whats a few big differences from them?
    well, some of the main differences between true spiders and tarantulas are:
    Tarantulas have 2 pairs of book lungs while true spiders have only 1

    Tarantulas have an "eye mound" on top of the carapace while true spiders generally have their eyes spread out across their "face", for the most part.

    also, a characteristic that only new world tarantulas have are urticating hairs on their abdomen that they will kick in self-defence, but old world tarantulas do not have these hairs.

    those are a few of many differences.

    I also found a couple pics of my P. regalis, enjoy!



    EDIT: I thought i would add a picture of a jumping spider i found to show you a different eye formation, this is a jumper that i couldn't ID down to the species, i believe it is Phidippus cryptus but since i can't be sure, lets just call it Phidippus sp.

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    cool, thanks! now for bite questions? i heard the theres maybe around 50 out of around 1500 scorpions that the venom can be lethal to humans, whats the ratio for tarantulas and spiders? and the difference between a true spider and a... not true spider
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost147 View Post
    cool, thanks! now for bite questions? i heard the theres maybe around 50 out of around 1500 scorpions that the venom can be lethal to humans, whats the ratio for tarantulas and spiders? and the difference between a true spider and a... not true spider

    That ratio for scorps sounds about right but when it comes to tarantulas (800-900 known species) there are a grand total of 0 that are lethal to humans, there has yet to be a reported case of a fatality from a tarantula bite. there are some species (such as my P. regalis) that can cause severe effects to human but nothing that will kill you/make you blind/paralyze you. the worst after effects you might get are muscle cramping and tenderness around the area of the bit for a while after.as for true spiders, there are a few that are lethal to humans such as some black/brown widows and brown recluse, i don't know the actual statistics off hand but there aren't all that many. i do know that out of all black widow bites about 2/3 are dry bites (no venom) and out of all bites where venom is actually released, maybe 1% are fatal and most of those are in smaller children.

    to the best of my knowledge, spiders are either grouped as Tarantulas or true spiders, no others.

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    ah ok thanks. but as with scorpions, would people with allergies to bees have a worse effect from a tarantula bite? that could lead to a fatality?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost147 View Post
    ah ok thanks. but as with scorpions, would people with allergies to bees have a worse effect from a tarantula bite? that could lead to a fatality?
    as far as i know that would not be the case as bee venom and tarantula venom have completely different chemical makeups, i don't know the specifics but i did see it mentioned somewhere that the proteins in tarantula venom are extremely rare to have allergies to, that's not to say it's impossible. if you do have alergies to bees or are usually more sensitive to venoms, it's probably best to avoid being bitten, better safe than sorry.

    i was able to pull up a very interesting discussion form the American Tarantula Society forums reguarding fatalites form scorpion stings, here is the link, it makes for a very interesting read (scroll down to post#7 for all the good stuff)
    http://atshq.org/forum/showthread.php?t=12341

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    awsome, thanks!
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