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  • Hi guys, it's Em. Today I'm going to be doing a Creature Feature on one of my absolutely favorite creatures.

  • Today I'm going to be talking to you about tarantulas,

  • and in particular one of my favorite species of tarantula: the Brazilian Black Spider.

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  • [resuming normal speed] Without further ado, I would like to introduce you to Bella! Whooo!

  • Bella would come from South America. After all, she is the Brazilian Black Spider.

  • Don't worry, don't confuse her with the Brazilian wandering spider,

  • which is even more venomous,

  • and I wouldn't be picking up a Brazilian wandering spider.

  • Bella over here is an arachnid, not an insect. An insect has six legs,

  • whereas arachnids have eight legs. Invertebrate means that she has her skeleton on the outside.

  • You and I, we're mammals. We have our bones on the inside because we have endoskeletons.

  • Her exoskeleton is basically like a suit of armor that she wears. They're not true bones.

  • It's basically a skeletal structure to help her be protected and to keep her upright.

  • On the inside, she has no bones whatsoever. She is very, very soft on the inside.

  • As a spiderling, Bella would have been really small,

  • but how does she grow to this size, when she wears such a restrictive exoskeleton?

  • This is one of my favorite spider facts. So what happens, and this is with all spiders,

  • pretend my hand is Bella.

  • She spends a couple of days eating lots of food, and she starts to get really, really sluggish.

  • Eventually, what she does is she actually crawls into somewhere nice and dark where she can feel protected.

  • She'll lay on her back. She actually breaks her exoskeleton,

  • and she pulls her new, softer body out, and she leaves the old exoskeleton behind.

  • Every single spider in the world does this.

  • So, this is Bella's old exoskeleton, and they shed literally everything!

  • All spiders have venomous fangs. She sheds her fangs.

  • She sheds her abdomen at the back here, and you can actually see if I turn it around,

  • You can see the hollowed out honeycomb area where she's actually pulled herself out of.

  • This is a growth thing, so a lot of spiderlings will do this much more frequently when they are babies,

  • whereas an adult Bella's size, she'll probably do it maybe once or twice a year.

  • I want to show you just how gentle Bella is, so I'm going to get her out onto my hand.

  • If you have a fear of spiders and you're actually watching this video,

  • Well done to you. Like, stick around. She's not gonna jump at the camera.

  • I'm not going to do any jump scares with her at all. I really want to show her off in the most positive light.

  • Don't worry, Bella doesn't actually live in here. She's actually coming to work with me later.

  • This is her travel box so that she can actually put her arms out and stable herself.

  • Like I said, they are very delicate creatures,

  • and I wouldn't want her to hurt herself flying around in a larger enclosure.

  • Come on, Bella. Are you ready to come out? That's it.

  • No, darling. We have to goNo, you have to come out. Come on.

  • So this here is beautiful, beautiful Bella. You can see she's actually really, really relaxed.

  • She's a very slow spider. She's very, very, very sweet.

  • Here's a little warning for you guys. I am going to hold her a bit closer to the camera now,

  • so if you're really, really not cool with spiders, just be warned

  • I'm gonna hold her a bit closer so you can have a really good look at her.

  • So she is a Brazilian Black Tarantula.

  • I actually like to call her Brazilian Black Spider because tarantula makes it sound really, really scary.

  • I think spiders are often thought of as like, tough-guy pets

  • that some people have to be super tough in order to keep a spider.

  • Honestly, I'm much more worried about picking up my hamster because hamster bites are the worst!

  • And I've been bitten by more hamsters in my life than almost any other animal.

  • Here's something I probably should have told you earlier. She is venomous.

  • Bella's venom is about as bad as a bee or a wasp sting.

  • The real issue comes when, if you're bitten by a spider, if you are allergic to the venom.

  • For that reason, I actually keep adrenaline shots in my house, just in case.

  • But I've been holding spiders for over ten years, and I've never once been bitten.

  • They actually are very, very courteous creatures.

  • They let you know with no uncertain terms that they don't want to be bothered.

  • With Bella here, if she didn't want to be held, she would bunch herself up into a corner,

  • and she'd display her venomous fangs.

  • Something else that she would do if she didn't want to be held is she would try to run away.

  • If you're still trying to hold them and you're still not getting the message,

  • there's one more thing that she can do.

  • Do you see how furry her abdomen is? It's really silky and furry.

  • Well, that abdomen there is covered in something called urticating hairs.

  • And if she was in a real pickle and she was really scared,

  • what she would do is she would actually use her back legs to kick that hair into the air.

  • They're almost like fiberglass fibers. When they get on your skin or in your eyes

  • orGod forbidin your lungs, they are so itchy.

  • And while you're itching, it basically gives her a chance to walk away to safety.

  • So if you're ignoring a tarantula's signs that they don't want to be held

  • and you still go ahead, you kind of deserve a little bit of a nibble.

  • Bella here is still relatively young. She's about six years old,

  • but with the proper care, she could live up to 20 years.

  • The males live substantially shorter lifespans.

  • Their mission in life really is to mate with females.

  • However... [giggle] a lot of them end up getting eaten by the females.

  • Much like most of my exes....

  • Do you see over here, I've got two eyes! [giggle]

  • Well, Bella doesn't have two eyes. Just like her legs, she has eight.

  • Bella has three parts to the body. It's very, very simple.

  • Like us, she has her head;

  • and then she's got a middle part, which is the thorax;

  • and that big balloon at the back, that's her abdomen.

  • And that's where she actually produces her web from.

  • She doesn't perch on a spiderweb, like a garden spider would.

  • She's far too heavy for that, far too delicate for that.

  • So hers is more like a hammock.

  • She's more of a terrestrial animal, and she spins her web from the very back of her body.

  • She's got two little spinnerets just here, which are up backwards,

  • but if she wanted to web, they'd come down and they'd help her to string a web.

  • She'd sit in it like a hammock. And Bella is a predator.

  • She would actually wait for food to come to her,

  • and she would detect little insects on her hammock. Things like crickets and locusts.

  • Just remember guys, as much as I love spiders, I don't want anyone to get hurt.

  • So if you do see a spider around your house or outside,

  • The best thing to do is not to pick them up with your hands.

  • Make sure you use a glass with a piece of paper,

  • but be careful putting the glass over the paper to trap the spider

  • because you can hurt their little legs if you do trap them.

  • I hope that you managed to see today that Bella's actually an incredibly gentle, very sweet spider.

  • She really doesn't want to be going around hurting anyone,

  • and as you can see, she's a very very relaxed animal.

  • Thanks so much for watching, guys! We'll see you in another video shortly.

  • Are you gonna wave? Say... [voicing Bella] Bye, bye! [giggles]

  • ...Bye.

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