Tarantulas As Pets?

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Tarantulas As Pets?

Post by Jackson Donov » Wed, 28 Dec 1994 02:56:59



I'm looking for some basic information on the subject, as my 5-yr old son
wants one. (We also have a 4-yr old girl, and a 9-month old boy).

Comments anyone? Safety, care, feeding, etc. are the particular areas I'm
looking for. Any other newsgroups that might be a better fit?

Many thanks.

Jackson Donovan

 
 
 

Tarantulas As Pets?

Post by Dena E. Delga » Wed, 28 Dec 1994 05:40:01


: I'm looking for some basic information on the subject, as my 5-yr old son
: wants one. (We also have a 4-yr old girl, and a 9-month old boy).

: Comments anyone? Safety, care, feeding, etc. are the particular areas I'm
: looking for. Any other newsgroups that might be a better fit?

: Many thanks.

: Jackson Donovan
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Hi Jackson,

As a mother of two sons, and grandmother of another, I can tell you from
experience that five years old is too young for this type of pet.  Little
boys lose interest in new things after about two weeks and can be very
rough without meaning to be.  A tarantula is a very delicate creature
that must be handled carefully or can be injured, and it can bite if it
feels it is in danger.  The bite is not poisonous, but is painful
nonetheless.

I suggest a parakeet,***atiel or some goldfish.  Learning to care for
birds or fish is much easier for both of you.  He can feed them and make
sure they have enough water every day.  Birds can learn to talk and to
sit on your shoulder.  (A tarantula cannot respond to the love and care
you give, a bird can.)  Goldfish are easy....just feed a little once a
day and make sure the water stays clean.  They respond to your presence
by swimming e***dly when they see you.

When he is 10 or 11, he might be ready for a more "***" pet like a
tarantula or small reptile (snake, lizard, or turtle).  Five is just too
young.

Hope I was of some help.

Dena Delgado (a.k.a. the dachshund lady) :-)

 
 
 

Tarantulas As Pets?

Post by C.M.Newe » Wed, 28 Dec 1994 01:38:42


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>Subject: Tarantulas As Pets?
>Date: Mon, 26 Dec 1994 12:56:59 -0500
>I'm looking for some basic information on the subject, as my 5-yr old son
>wants one. (We also have a 4-yr old girl, and a 9-month old boy).
>Comments anyone? Safety, care, feeding, etc. are the particular areas I'm
>looking for. Any other newsgroups that might be a better fit?
>Many thanks.
>Jackson Donovan

        Five years old sounds rather young for such a fragile pet.
                                                            --C.M.Newell

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Tarantulas As Pets?

Post by Kelly Cassi » Wed, 28 Dec 1994 09:32:49


I agree with Dena on this; a 5 year old will quickly get bored
with a tarantula.  They aren't the most responsive pets.  Also,
they eat live food (insects mostly), which can be a nuisance to
supply.  They might be able to adapt to meat, but it probably
wouldn't be a good diet.  

I would vote against the birds because birds require a lot of
care, they are, in human eyes, sloppy, and they are easily
injured.  A goldfish would be good.  Goldfish are unusually
tolerant of dirty water, variable water temperature, etc., especially
if you buy the plain ones sold as food for other pets.  (Hmm.  Maybe
there's a need for a Goldfish Rescue Group.)  

Good luck,
Kelly Cassidy
  Seattle, WA (Rain, rain, rain...)
and Hemlock (Mud! Mud! Mud! Yeah!)

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>I'm looking for some basic information on the subject, as my 5-yr old son
>wants one. (We also have a 4-yr old girl, and a 9-month old boy).
>Comments anyone? Safety, care, feeding, etc. are the particular areas I'm
>looking for. Any other newsgroups that might be a better fit?
>Many thanks.
>Jackson Donovan

 
 
 

Tarantulas As Pets?

Post by MY.. » Fri, 30 Dec 1994 10:02:50



Quote:

>I'm looking for some basic information on the subject, as my 5-yr old son
>wants one. (We also have a 4-yr old girl, and a 9-month old boy).

>Comments anyone? Safety, care, feeding, etc. are the particular areas I'm
>looking for. Any other newsgroups that might be a better fit?

>Many thanks.

>Jackson Donovan

First of all, I'm a doggy person who works with toxic "creepie crawlies,"
ie an  Entomologist.  Most spiders, including tarantulas, have a toxic
venom.  However, no tarantula venom has really been dangerous to humans.
HOWEVER!!!! Tarantulas have these nice little hairs that they shoot off their
abdomen with their hind legs when pissed off (no kids that young do not know
how to treat animals gently). Some humans have ***  reactions to these
nice little hollow barbed hairs, which include anaphylactic shock (ie quit
breathing and die). The first time might be ok, the second time might result
in death.  Don't risk it.  Humans have very wide reactions to the venoms of
insects and spiders, and you have no idea what might happen in your case.

How about a goldfish?  Guppies?  A mouse?
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Tarantulas As Pets?

Post by Bonnie Dalzell M » Tue, 03 Jan 1995 12:05:39


A five year old child is too young to really have a pet of his/her own.
It is a good idea to have a pet that the parents care for and the child
shares in the care. Animals are not stuffed toys and a young child
benefits greatly by learning to interact with animals appropriate for
their age but a child that young can't really be thought of as the
"owner" and caretaker for an animal. Do you want a Tarantula as a pet to
share with your child. On the other hand I think I saw some nice Steiff
toy stuffed fake fur tarantulas at the Nature Center. This might be the
best way to go with a young child.

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