Life’s been absolutely crazy lately, between work, school and kids, and unfortunately that leaves little time for much else. But I really wanted to share my video with you of me FINALLY holding my beautiful Cuddles, the Holconia immanis (or Banded) huntsman. I’ve had her for a couple of years now, and before she passes, I wanted a chance to hold her. I know to you arachnaphobes out there, that sounds absolutely insane.
But I love spiders, especially large ones (not the deadly ones exactly), and I guess I built up my confidence holding my Nephila species Golden Orbs. Neither species are known to be aggressive, though they are both venomous (although they don’t possess ‘medically significant’ venom), and have very large fangs that are not a problem to see.
I started slowly, with coaxing her onto the lid of a container where she nearly walked onto my hand. Some of you long-time readers may remember I was bitten by a large huntsman (same species) back when I lived in Byfield Rainforest. And yes, I remember the pain. So, although I really, really wanted to hold her, I prepared myself for the worst…just in case. A few tries later and I was able to get the following video. Enjoy!