TRIGGER WARNING: This post contains photos of my Tarantula, Hermy. So not one for the arachnophobes among you!
In my previous post I very briefly mentioned about our exotic pets but neglected to mention what type of animals they were! Sorry about that. We currently own 4 Great African Land Snails (Brian, Swirly, Gary and Slug-a-lug) who’ve been with us four years and a tarantula named Hermy.
Hermy has been part of our family for three years now and I honestly couldn’t be happier with my him as my pet. A lot of people find it strange that I own a tarantula, some find it disgusting or dangerous. Yes, he can bite but they don’t tend to unless they feel threatened and will give you warning if they do so by rearing up on their back legs.
To introduce Hermy, I decided to answer the ‘My Pet’ tag which I found on Taylor’s blog, ‘When I’m Older’.
My Pet Tag
1. What is your pets name?
Hermy, but we also nicknamed him “Spidey”.
2. What kind of pet is it and what breed?
Hermy is a tarantula, specially a Chilean rose tarantula (Scientific name: Grammostola rosea).
3. How long have you had your pet friend?
4. How did you get your pet?
I saw an advertisement for him in a ‘Trade It’ magazine but never thought I’d own one as my mum is afraid of spiders. So I was happily surprised when she presented the tank to me for Easter two years ago! Yep, my mum whose afraid of spiders bought me a tarantula.
5. How old is your pet?
Approximately 8 – 10 years old. Tarantula’s usually reach maturity at 5 years old when they start to molt, which Hermy was already doing when I got him. The owner was unsure of his age but I’ve had him 2 years now.
6. What are some quirky things about your pets personality?
The way he tries to climb the glass of his tank. It looks like he’s trying to escape. 😅 … Maybe he is!
7. What does your relationship with your pet mean to you?
Hermy is, so far, a pretty docile creature. I love watching him spinning webs or climbing his enclosure. It’s a different relationship to one you may have with a furry pet.
8. What are some of your favorite past times with your pet?
None really. He seems to enjoy it when I mist the tank with water though, lol.
9. What are nicknames that you call your pet?
As stated above, we call him Spidey.
What pets do you have?
I hope you enjoyed reading about Hermy and if you’d like to do this tag, feel free. 🙂