As a tarantula owner, it can be hard to see how anyone could find your pet creepy, intimidating or threatening. However, it is a simple fact that many people do not see the more endearing and interesting sides to tarantulas. You may find your friends and family members are afraid of your pet arachnid, or may even be skeptical about visiting your home once you have a pet spider. While some people are so afraid of spiders that their fears can never be conquered, there are some things you can do to make your friends and family feel more comfortable around and better adjust to your beloved pet tarantula.
You will be amazed how much difference simply talking about spiders with uncomfortable friends and family can make. Talking about interesting facts pertaining to tarantulas can pique their interest and make them want to learn more about owning arachnids as pets. My best friend had an extreme fear of spiders prior to my owning a tarantula as a pet, but became genuinely interested in them as she heard me talk more and more about them (eventually she decided to buy her own). Talking about spiders makes them seem less menacing and more fascinating to people, in turn helping them feel more at ease and comfortable around your pet.
If you handle your tarantula, handling your spider around uncomfortable family members can help them better adjust as well. If your friend or family member is extremely afraid, let them sit at a distance they are comfortable with while handling your pet. Sometimes, seeing how gentle and graceful a spider can be can make a dramatic difference in how people perceive them. Seeing you handling your tarantula may help encourage friends and family to have a more open mind about your pet and eventually they may even want to handle your tarantula as well.
To show off a more vulnerable side to your spider, allow friends and family to watch your tarantula as it molts. This process is extremely fascinating and will show uneasy people just how fragile these creatures really are. People pose far more danger to tarantulas than tarantulas pose to people, though it is easy to forget that tarantulas are extremely delicate despite their size.
I found that showing my friends photographs of colorful tarantulas helped ease their fears, as they were able to see how truly beautiful many species are. Greenbottle Blues, Cobalt Blues and P. Metallicas are a few species of spider that have very beautiful coloring and patterns, both of which appeal to people and will show them that arachnids can be very stunning creatures.