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    Hmm.. all good suggestions so far...
    I have 3 chaco golden knees/ g. aureostriata. I've had them for a few years and they're still pretty tiny, but I love them. Two stay burrowed most of the time and the third one is always out looking around. I've held an adult before and she was awesome.
    I have one curly hair which is still young but also adorable and active.
    Two arboreals- A. versicolor and A. avicularia.. both fascinating but very fast moving and tricky to handle. A. versicolor is awesome to watch grow up. Are you aware that they're bright blue as youngsters? it's been a fascinating show.
    A brazilian black/G. pulchra who is very timid but I think she'll chill out as she gets older. I've held an adult before that was very nice.
    A G. rosea which used to be really docile but got timid once he came of age.
    I'd recommend any of these... they're all cute in different ways and all interesting to observe. And all handleable/ safe.

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    Ok well just got this guy in!!!
    My first T!!!! Yeah!!!!!

    Oh, he is a Mexican Red Knee, Brachypelma smithi
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    *cough* and where are the pictures?

    My mom is DEATHLY scared of spiders, and my dad won't have anything to do with them, so none for me right now. I'd really like a few once I'm out of here. I can say I did keep two wolf spiders in a ten gallon under my bed once...I caught them outside and fed them crickets and everything. Bad part is, they disappeared
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    Congratulations, Christa!!


    *ahem... pics?
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    Congrats Christa..Is it a sling?,adult?..
    And uhh ya where are the pics??

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    Slightly off topic...sorry. But why are baby creepy-crawlies called slings?

    Glad you found one you liked Christa! It's my favorite...imaginary! No, really, where's the pixels?
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    4minters, we call 'em "sling's" as short talk for "spiderlings"
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    Ah sorry guys! I will try and get some pics ASAP!
    I don't exactly know if it is a sling or not? When do they stop being a sling and become an adult?

    Teee hehee I'm already wanting more!!!

    You have to bare with me, I'm still partially def and in a daze since the concert
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    No more Lamb of God for you Christa...lol! j/k!! Can't wait for the pics.

    Wow, I didn't now slings meant spiderlings! That's really cool. Tokays_Unlimited...I was eye-balling your ad for inverts earlier. I so wish I could get a T. I find spiders, and arachnids in general, to be fascinating and misunderstood. I can't wait to get some in the future!
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    Grats, Christa, on your new spider My husand bought an Avicularia versicolor and an A. braunchausseni (Antilles pink toe?) And even though we don't handle them, it has been fascinating watching them grow, weave webs, hunt, etc. The versicolor is starting to turn a powdery blue after her last molt; when we first got her she was electric blue, and so tiny!

    Both spiders are pretty cool; I would like to know more about handling them in a way that is safe for them, though. (I know they come from the poop-flinging family so we are slightly less likely to be bitten). I hope your smithii settles in well and that you enjoy him. Ours have really grown on me.
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