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Watching for Tarantulas

This time of year, it’s not unusual for us to see tarantulas, usually walking through the grass (like this one in our front yard this morning), crossing the road, or even walking up the side of the house. Although they rarely cause anyone any trouble if you don’t bother them, a bite can happen and, to a person, is usually like a wasp sting if the person isn’t allergic.

However, a tarantula bite can be far more serious for both dogs and cats; if your dog comes in contact with a tarantula and you think he has been bitten, be sure to call your vet immediately. And this holds true for wild tarantulas like this one as well as imported tarantulas being kept as housepets. (If your child wants a tarantula as a housepet and you have a dog or cat in your home, or you’re thinking about getting one, talk with your vet first.)

Our dog Irie spotted this tarantula in the yard…a quick “leave it!” and she walked away. (Another reason “leave it” may be our favorite command and literally a lifesaver.)

As for this tarantula, he was safely relocated out beyond our barn. (How do you relocate a tarantula? Put an inverted wicker basket over him, give him a few minutes to hopefully crawl up the side, flip the basket and cover with a cloth.)

Paris and John

Monday 28th of June 2010

I don't mind the tarantulas if they stay outside but they definitely give me the heebie jeebies if they come inside...which happened with one last year...eek! -Paris

Carol Bryant

Monday 28th of June 2010

I just got the heebie jeebies on that picture lol - this is very valuable info though, especially for those of us with woods around us. TY! .-= Carol Bryant´s last blog ..Heartworm Prevention in Dogs- What You Must Know =-.

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