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Spiders - Tarantula Owner Sees Red After Hairy Moment


Lulu Sinclair, Sky News Online

Tarantula lovers are being warned to avoid getting up close and personal with their pet - or else do it from the other side of an aquarium pane.


Chilean Rose tarantula

A Chilean Rose tarantula spider

That is a lesson that a 29-year-old man from Leeds in Britain learned the hard way, according to the medical journal, The Lancet.

In February of last year, the man turned up at St James's University Hospital in Leeds after three weeks of stinging pain in one eye, which had become red, watery and light-sensitive.

Doctors prescribed antibiotics, assuming he was afflicted with a particularly stubborn case of conjunctivitis, but the treatment did not help the symptoms.

When they re-examined the patient with high-magnification lenses, doctors spotted ultra-thin, hair-like projections sticking into the cornea.

They were so small that even microforceps could not remove them.

That is when the man recalled a close encounter with his pet spider shortly before his eye first became irritated.

While cleaning a stubborn stain on the glass tank that was home to his Chilean Rose tarantula, he turned his head to find the fist-sized arachnid very near by.

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Lets get a better understanding Why this happened...

As a keeper of Tarantulas and owner of a Chilean Rose Hair (G. Rosea), I know about this breed, most importantly what to do and not to do. Rosies are considered to be docile but very skiddish, they are also known for changing their personality after each molt.

The Rosies main defense is flicking hairs (Ulticating hairs)from their abdomin as a "Stay back" warning. This gentleman should not of had his head inside a tarantulas enclosure! Anytime you are working inside of the enclosure you should gently stroke the rear leg to let it know you are near (Tarantulas have very poor eye-sight). 

Although the G. Rosea is a great starter Tarantula they do change personalities, handling should for the experienced handler and even then eye glasses or some form of eye protection is recomended as well as washing your hands afterwards.

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9 days Till Christmas - Christmas Movie with a giant Spider!


Today is officially 9 days till Christmas eve! Today's feature is one of my favorite movies Home Alone. When watching this movie, watch for the scene where Kevin places a Tarantula on Marv's head, still to this day I cannot figure out what species of Tarantula this is, reminds me of a G. Rosea though.

SynopsisHome Alone

Home Alone is a movie series that was based on the adventures of a boy named Kevin (with the exception of the third film which focuses on a child named Alex Pruitt). The term usually refers to the first film in the series, which at the time was the third highest grossing film yet, making a major star of lead actor Macaulay Culkin.

After a fight with his older brother, Buzz, over pizza, Kevin McCallister (Culkin) gets sent to the attic bedroom, where he wishes that his family would simply disappear. An electrical line failure during the night resets all the alarm clocks, so the next morning the rest of the family, who have overslept, rush to leave to go on a Christmas vacation to Paris, France. During the confusion, Kevin is accidentally left at home and experiences what it is like to be independent for the first time. At the same time two intruders, Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern), plan to break into the (almost) vacant home. Kevin musters up a plan not only to stop the burglars but also to punish them through different boobytraps set around his house, which include flying paint cans, a BB gun, and a doorknob heated with an electric charcoal lighter.

If you have not seen this movie I highly recomed it, and if you have, like me I will be watching it again this holiday season!

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Charli the Tarantula's first video!

We have given Charli her very own page on the blog. stop by and visit her page and watch her video, also we will be posting video's of her best friend Marley, Marley is a very young unsexed (to young to tell if its a boy or girl) New River Rust Rump which comes from just a few files outside of Phoenix Arizona! Visit them at http://bit.ly/pYM4WVisit the Clark Pest Blog or visit ClarkPest.com to learn more.

Tarantula Facts and Clark Gets a new pet Tarantula


First lets start off with some interesting facts and information about the Tarantula.

  • Females can live up to 35 years, males up to 15 years
  • Most breeds are considered docile creatures
  • Sheds their exoskeleton (MOLT)
  • Can be found in the harshest Deserts to tropical settings
  • May fast for a month
  • Most are not poisonous
  • 2 types - Terrestrial: Literally "living on the ground usually in a burrow" and Arboreal: Literally living in trees.

  • Are invertebrates: A general term for all multiple - celled animals that lack an internal skeleton, that is, are not vertebrates.

  • Are wonderful to watch

 We here at Clark have just purchased and adult female Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula, She is 5 1/2 inches in diameter and will probably reach 6 1/2 inches over the next few years. Her name is Charlotte (Charli), Charlie is very sweet and new addition to the Clark family.

Charlie has been with us now for a full week now and has been great. She gets lots of visitors and enjoys her time chasing crickets. I would have to say that Tarantula's make great pets! We wil post updates regularly.

Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula

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