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      Found out today that one of the neighborhood boys my sons play with is not feeling well and is going through many tests to determine what is wrong with him. Sooo, I packed up 3 of my Ts (G. rosea, B. emilia, and GBB) and one of my leopard geckos to go pay him a visit with my boys. It was a hit, and while the mom was not willing to get too close or to pet the rosea, she was fascinated and said that she had never encountered this before!

      The boy sure enjoyed it too!
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      Toss the male in, take him out of the water dish in bolus form the next day.

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      Oh Scott, that is just Amazingly Cool!

      And, you picked some winners there! I would totally say leopard geckos are good 'lizard ambassadors'!

      So nice to teach kids that T's are pretty harmless! Certainly not the monsters that the media makes them out to be...
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      I LOVE doing things like that! I used to take my iguana to a youth detention center, and those kids so loved him.

      I would love to find more opportunities to do this sort of thing. I might have to look into that...

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      So yesterday, I brought some of my Ts to church, and afterwards, sat down with the kids to let them see and hold my Ts.

      As usual, I had my G. rosea out.
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      Shortly after this photo, she tried to dump Vasthi into her sister's hand and Vashti dug her hooks into this girl's hand to hang on. The girl panicked and as I grabbed her wrist, flung Vashti to the ground (8-10 inches) and thought Vashti had bit her.

      I put Vashti away and have been watching her carefully. So far, she seems fine, but I am told there may be issues at the next molt.

      So I got out my B. emilia after that and here is an 80+year-old church member holding her (Gloria)
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      Just a reminder to communicate very clearly the potential danger to the Ts and take measure to prevent anyone from flinging your ambassador to its potential death (like holding the person's arm down) BEFORE you let them handle your delicate tarantula.

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      Vashti may be just fine. I've seen heavier T's take higher falls and be just alright. It's always a gamble, though.

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      Yea, it's always a risk when a T falls....

      As for letting people handle my T's for the first time.. as I hand over the T.. I hold onto THEIR hands... (ppls') to make sure my T doesn't get flung./...

      I have had to do 'first-aid' of sorts on my first rosie, after a fall... don't wanna repeat that...

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      This is my Curlyhair, Charlotte. She is so gentle- anyone could handle her.

      Also, I kept Beast at school when he was younger. All of the teachers, even the ones that had commented that "spiders are icky!" would come in to see his latest webbing or to watch him eat. He attacked his prey with gusto- it was awesome! People would ask "Would you please call me when you feed him again?" One of those people was my principal.
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      Oh, and BTW, I love this thread! Great idea!
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      I just got asked to bring my GBB sling in to a classroom of 1st graders! She asked me to teach about spiders. I'm so excited.
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      ROA ..... OMG, .....I am speechless and that doesn't happen very often. LOL

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      Thank you all for your comments and encouragements. This is great to see all your posts!

      RockinOutAmber, here is video of my GBB when she molted first time in my care. This has been a cool ambassador video on FB for my friends.

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      Well, I keep about 5 Ts in my classroom--T. stirmi, C. cyaneopubescens, A. behlei, A. sp. Flagstaff Orange, A. brocklehursti, I will be adding a couple more (a beautiful G pulchripes female about 3.5" and a couple handsome G puchra male 4"), and the rest at home. So I will post pics of my classroom Ts, as they are viewed by 200 students daily, and growing. For liabilty reasons all the Ts in my classroom are "loom only", I hope to be able to start a presentation program where I can take Ts and allow the kids to feel them. Here are a few of the pics I have handy.


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