Isn't it cute? Chilean farm exports tarantula pets
Chilean agronomist Juan Pablo Orellana poses with a spider on his cheek at his spider farm in Batuco. As pets go, they are low maintenance. No muss, no fuss, nice and quiet, and even a bit furry.
They go for $25 each plus shipping, and need to be fed just once a week, preferably live cockroaches or worms. And they live a long time -- up to 25 years in the case of females.
Tarantulas are cheaper and do not need as much attention. What's more, the world has changed and what with technology and cable television, people are learning about this kind of exotic animal and want one for their home," said Juan Gonzalez, a vet at the farm.
It is owned by one Juan Pablo Orellana, an agronomist who gathers and raises these Chilean rose hair tarantula (Grammostola rosea). Orellana's farm exports about 30,000 of them a year.
They travel in boxes with holes in them and a certificate that could be seen as a pedigree.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The New Age Online