Monday, February 25, 2008

Singapore Tarantula

Another interesting creature that was found during our CNR walk is this hairy Singapore tarantula (Phlogiellus inermis).
The name tarantula comes from another species of spider that is found in southern Italy. Tarantulas are not really dangerous to most humans. Minor and occasionally more severe problems do occur with some of them include sensitivity and allergies to it's venom.

The name 'tarantula' nowadays refers to large hairy spiders known as Theraphosids or Mygalomorphs. Tarantulas are often called bird eating spiders, very few actually eat birds, those that do usually raid nests and take the young chicks, most however, like our native spiders only eat insects. Tarantulas are kept as pets in some countries. However, it is not allow in Singapore. Tarantulas are shy creatures, if they are disturbed they will usually run away, either to their burrow or to the nearest cover. Sometimes, the spider will adopt a threat posture by lifting its cephalothorax and spreading its jaws and first two pairs of legs (as in the photo below).

Below is another spider that I saw at a different location.
Note: (extact from AVA website)
Singapore does not allow the keeping of exotic pets such as reptiles, amphibians and primates as pets for the following reasons:

-They may introduce and spread diseases to humans and domestic animals.

-Collection of wild animals for trading will lead to ecosystem imbalance and threaten the survival of endangered species.

-The welfare of the animals may be compromised due to reasons such as unsuitable living conditions, poor diet and pet owner's lack of knowledge of the proper care for the animal.

-Singapore's biodiversity would be greatly affected if such exotic pets were released in the wild, as most of them are non-native.

-If the animal escapes, it may cause nuisance, fear and trauma to the general public.

Some examples of exotic pets include star tortoises, iguanas, tarantulas, snakes, salamanders, slow lorises etc. For a list of pets that are approved to be kept in Singapore, please click here.

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