I’ve learned quite a bit about tarantulas since the arrival of the Arizona blond tarantula in late July. Several sites give nice overviews of tarantula variation. I consistently encounter a pretty large behavioral chasm between “Old World” and “New World” tarantulas.
“Old World” tarantulas are native to Africa, Asia, Europe, etc. These tarantulas tend to be aggressive and possess potent venom.
“New World” tarantulas are native to North and South America. These tarantulas use urticating hairs, which they brush off with their rear legs, as their main means of defense. New world tarantula venom is less potent and used more sparingly. These tarantulas, which are significantly more docile, are the ones you see being used in education programs throughout the world.
In my quest to find video of actual flicking of the utricating hair I was surprised to find that the best video of this behavior came from web pages dealing with capturing, cooking and eating tarantulas. Check these out. I promise they’ll be the most memorable videos you encounter on the web today.