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Chilean Rose Tarantula by Moundfreek Chilean Rose Tarantula by Moundfreek
This is the spider I found when I went to bed last night.

Just kidding.

However, I DID see a spider of this species yesterday evening. Domestic, gentle, and all together, very friendly.

I've always claimed to like all the creatures of the earth (with the exception of humans in general). This is true, but I confess that I suffer from arachniphibia. It's mild, and not as bad as it used to be. And even though I'm a little afraid of eight legged critters, I've not killed one in the last 8 years. I always try to catch them in a cup and set them outside.

But I never touch them. So when ~Corvat and ~crny-jen called me last night to come over and meet Charolette the Chilean rose tarantula (whom was visiting their home for the night), I was excited, but not entirly prepared to hold her. They held her first, and so I did as well. I was afraid she would tickle me (I'm very ticklish) and would hurt her in my alarm, but she was very steady with ' paws' that were hardly prickly.

She was so sweet, and dare I saw it, ADORABLE!! Charolette would travel slowly and evenly across your hands, sometimes pulling forward with the help of her feelers. She was afraid of breath or anything gusty, and cringed at sudden actions (pulling her front legs over her face--also cute). We would set her down on the counter, and if you put your hand down elsewhere, she tended to walk towards you so that she could be handled again (and became upset when she had to go back in her tank).

Charolette was not defanged, and you could actually see them below her fealers. But she was entirly docile, and even if she did bite, I do not believe it would be too harmful (or so I've read). Charolette is very well mannered!

I've learned a lot in the last 24 hours. A few fun facts are always interesting, but the most important lesson was the true nature of these creatures. One way to get me very cross is to put down a creature for a reason it doesn't deserve (usually about all bats being blood-sucking terrors). Because of Charolette, I intend to become cross with people who choose to call them disusting, ill-tempered, and nothing-but-dangerous.

So yesterday was like an Aracnid Religious experiance! I was able to 'invite something good into my life,' haha, really really!! So the next time you see a domestic tarantula, try to overcome the cringe! They are not as bad as you think, and are in fact, entirly lovely! Thanks to Charolette, I now can further appreciate the beauty of tarantulas, both physically and personally.

Finally, about the drawing itself: I wanted to do a background, so I chose a shadow (which I now regret--I put the body of the shaodw under the tarantula, I wish I had put it towards the back, assuming a light was shining in the critter's front). It didn't take horrifically long, probably under two hours. I used photographs for reference, and Miss Charolette as my muse! Done in a nothing-special ballpoint pen.
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GDTrekkie Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had two Chilean Rose hairs.
I named them Rose and Tribble
Cutest little things...
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Moundfreek Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They are super cute! I wish more people appreciated them. 
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GDTrekkie Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know! I sometimes dream about them o_0
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WolfyWitch Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
Very nicely done, very detailed!!!

I can proudly say I've never squished a spider, just because I don't like them I don't think its fair to squish them. The only problem I have with spiders (not tarantulas) is when I get a fright because of one I freeze then want to be sick :L Its just native UK spiders I'm terrified of but I still appreciate them as a species, they have amazing features :)
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Moundfreek Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! You've never squished a spider? I take my hat off to you friend! I'm unproud to say I killed a few in my younger years. Now I wouldn't dream of it.

UK spiders? Not familiar with those, but I'm sure they are lovely!
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WolfyWitch Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
If I'm honest, I could never have gotten close enough to squash one, I'm literally paralyzed with fear. But I appreciate and respect them as a species which I think is important, even when paralyzed with fear I can ask people NOT to squash it for me :)

UK spiders are not what I would call lovely, they're not particularly threatening or pretty to look at but they can move too quick which terrifies me more haha
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Moundfreek Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, I do the same thing. I start screaming at people to "not kill the bug!!!" I then proceed to get a cup, catch it, and perform a release.

Fast moving UK spiders? That can be creepy.....
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I-Am-Fear-Its-Self Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
That's the kind i have!
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Moundfreek Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You have a chilean??? How sweet!
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I-Am-Fear-Its-Self Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
YEA! he is really nice, i also have a red knee.
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DarkMatery Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
So cute!:aww: I sooo want to get a Chilean Rose now!:iconiloveitplz:
Also,*whisper* Be careful about mentioning being sensitive...trust me...*:XD::) Back to the drawing: It's so cool!:)
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Smaughunter Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
Good picture...and good job taking a step in the right direction to overcome your fears. BTW you can't de-fang a tarantula as this would kill it but their venom is no more potent then that of a bee.(In the new world species such as the Rosehair)
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Moundfreek Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting, I had no idea that one could NOT de-fang a tarantula. But as you said, it's not really neccessary.
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Amaterasu--Omikami Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
I enjoyed reading your artist's comment very much!! Spiders like this are generally so gentle, fluffy and easy-going, lol. :aww:
And congratulations on your wonderful drawing! In ballpoint pen...Wow! I love that! :)
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Moundfreek Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! I'm glad that you appreciate the beauty of spiders!
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Amaterasu--Omikami Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
You're very welcome! :nod:
Oh, yes I do. I own a cute pet-spider myself, one of the kind that you drew. Her name is Fluffy Mary, lol. :giggle:
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Kimantha333 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008
I have a Rose hair myself and I couldn't be happier with her, she just shed, you can see her new pretty self here:
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Thanks for getting the word or tarantula love out there :) Sounds like you're just about ready to own one yourself ;)
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Moundfreek Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My goodness! How beautiful she is, and so rosey. I think it's interesting how the Chilean rose can take on a number of unique shades. The first one I ever met looked normal enough, but upon putting her next to another rose hair, I discovered how GOLD-looking she was.

What is your tarantula's name? They are truely wonderful creatures, and I consider myself blessed to have met one. Haha, I wouldn't be surprised if I became a tarantula owner one day!
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Kimantha333 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008
Thank you very much :) It's not often you find someone to appreciate the beauty in a spider :)
My tarantula is named Rosalita as a play on her "rose haired" name. I adore her, and actually say that of all of my critters, she is the least likely to show you aggression. My kitten is the most likely to bite you...especially if you rub that adorable tummy she shows to all unwary newcomers :D
On friday I'm planning on getting three Mexican red kneed babies. A man a couple hours away from me has a drop dead gorgeous female he bred. You'll be able to see piccys of them shortly after I would assume.
I sure hope you do, theres so many beautiful tarantulas out there, and many nice tempered ones too :)
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Marsmar Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008
I used to have that tarantula, it died a year ago, this picture brings happy and sad memories. oh how I loved tarantula.
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Moundfreek Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm so sorry to hear about your tarantula. They certainly make wonderful companions. You must have loved it very much.
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Marsmar Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008
Yes, he was one of my best friends. and yes tarantulas do make great companions. If only people would realize how kind and gentle they are.
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Moundfreek Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True true! They are beautiful gentle animals. I'm trying very hard to spread the word. That's actually why I made the picture: I was elated with the discovering that tarantulas are not what people say they are.
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Marsmar Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008
As am I, I have always had an interest for spiders. People just don't understand. I once brought my tarantula to school and some on asked me if he was real. when I said yes the person ran away screaming. a few minutes later her friend was dragging her saying it's not real, it's not real. for some laughs, I made the tarantula move by poking it with a pencil and they both ran away saying it's real, it's real.
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Moundfreek Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ugg ... people like that make me sick. I mean, if you are afriad of spiders, I suppose you can't help it. But I appreciate it when people TRY to appreciate something different. Just because something's different doesn' mean it's evil.

I think it's great that you broguth it to school. At least several people saw him, and whether thay said anything or not, I'm sure you peaked a few interests. And that's the most important thing of. Spreading the tarantula word!! I love telling arachnophobic about my friend's spider, Zoey. I was an arachnophobic, but then I was given the chance to hold a chilean rose, and discovered just how beautiful they are.
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Marsmar Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008
Touching story. something you should do is watch spider horror movies. just watch them. they are showing why people are afraid of spiders. if you watch them, you can tell people the difference between spiders in the movie and real life. Just take some time think of the poor spiders who lost their life in the movie Kingdom of the spiders. thank god for PETA. I am also glad that you over came your arachnophobia. I think others should try. they have more of a chance of getting killed, kidnaped, raped, have their things get stolen, drown(unless you are in the desert), die of dehydration, lost, ect, ect, ect.
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Vioven Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
Alright, new to the topic. (and late)

I was shocked by the amount of Brachypelma they slaughtered on screen. There's a scene where the people were driving over the hoards of them.

Absolutely right. The chances of getting harmed by a T are phenomenally lower than anything else that could harm a person. It's a wise decision to not nourish such an irrational fear and instead clear up any misinformation about it. If you're going to fear something at least know what it is you fear. :P

DO NOT SUPPORT PETA. They're a bunch of liars and no better than terrorists. Example?


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Support the ASPCA. They help animals. They don't spend all their money getting publicity, they spend it saving lives.

To moundfreek:

A lot of people don't know any better, it's always best to meet them with tolerance, don't get cross if they say something stupid.

Keep your cool and try to educate them in a civil manner. (I know I don't like it when someone gets nasty with me, and from then on I'm not really listening to them) Who knows? You could probably make an enthusiast out of them, or at least enlighten them a bit.

Oh, by the way, very lovely picture. I've always had a soft spot for pen work and the like. I love the detail you put into it. I personally love Jumping spiders, they're the only "cute" arachnid to me [link] and the only one you can play with since their eyesight is insanely good. [link]
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squirepeanut Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
This is a very charming drawing...I own a Chilean Rose and she's an absolute doll :D
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Moundfreek Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OH! You own I chilean rose?? I love them!!

Thanks for the fave!!
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bluerythm Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
Wow, you must have copied this from a photo.
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Moundfreek Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, I did look at several photographs when I drew this. I wasn't horrifically familiar with the details of tarantula anatomy.
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I have one of these. They do make good pets, especially if you're only good at one thing: procrastination.
Forget to feed them today? It's okay, they eat once or twice a week.
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Moundfreek Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They are lovely pets. My friends sometimes goes months without eating! Tarantulas have funny eating habits ... well, I guess it's normal for them, haha
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Yeah, and my girlfriend thinks they're the cutest. Lucky me, I don't have to get rid of my pet when I move in with her!
They are cute, in an odd way.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007  Professional
When I was a kid we spent most summers on the family ranch. I was a collector and would come in to get big coffee cans from my grandmother to put things like squire nails and fossils it .I was about five and they yelled at me to come in for dinner. When I hit the door Ma Maw told me to go wash up so I put my can on the kitchen and did. Will Ma Maw wanted to see what I had so she opened the can. It was full of tarantulas and it was the best part of a week before I could sit down again. How do boys live long enough to grow up?
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Moundfreek Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Grand story! Thanks for sharing. You collected fossils? That sounds fancinating! What kinds?
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bear48 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007  Professional
What ever I can find where ever I am at.

I have just moved and most of my stuff is still in San Angelo
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ashsivils Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007  Professional General Artist
Love it, I had one but
sadly had to give her up..
due to moving etc etc

I have an odd obsession
and love for arachnids.
Beautifully created,
it's on the way to my favs!:)
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Moundfreek Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanx! I'm glad to meet someone who appreciates arichnids! I rarely find such people ....

So sorry that you had to give up your little Tarantula. You must miss her terribly.
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ashsivils Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007  Professional General Artist
It started when I was a kid, my dad educated me
about them and you only fear what you don't
understand. I had her for about 4 years and she is
in good hands, a friend of mine has her and gave
her a great home...

Although I could have swore she was a he, her name
is/was Petey [Pete-ette]. If he tries to mate her we'll
find out for sure but she has the coloring of a male.
odd stuff.

But your piece is perfect and you captured the tarantula
very beautifully. I would love to see some in color. If you
do any more, I would LOVE to fav and see um! You should
do a print, I would buy it! :love:
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Moundfreek Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are so sweet! And I love hearing about your passion for these monteriously misunderstood critters.

My friend recently got a tarantula. Her name is Zoe, and we still aren't 100% sure of the gender. She is still pretty young, so it's difficult to tell (she gained a lot of pink on her last molt though, she's quite dashing)!!
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ashsivils Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you...they are very much misunderstood but they
are graceful and strong beings! I have been bitten by a couple
brown recluses, we had an infestation a while back and I am
just fine but I still love um!

Zoe sounds like she is beautiful, I took to Petey and it took
him/her a while to molt but when he did, I gave the molt
to my sister to take in to work and scare one of her co workers..
ha ha ha!!!!!
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Moundfreek Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahah! That is so funny! We kept Zoe's skin, it's just FASCINATING how much she changed, and how much bigger she was after the molt! Truely mistifying!

Brown recluses? Oh, I've heard about those. Really lovely, though I'm not sure I'd want one in my bed uninvited, haha! But I love all spiders, great and small. I never, ever kill them. If one in my room, I always set it outside.
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ashsivils Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007  Professional General Artist
Yeah it's amazing and the change in natue is
an awesome thing.. Brown recluses suck
and I had many in my closet, I must
had disturbed a nest..

That always sucks, having spiders i
the closet...I have always heard about
"skeletons" in the but spiders???
gees haha
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GunkvM Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007
i loved reading ur story! im so glad that u now love tarantulas! congrattss.. and of course beautiful picture, it stood out to me right away as i was browsing
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Moundfreek Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes! I LOVE tarantulas! If fact, this evening, I delayed my dinner for 2 hours just so I could watch one feed on some crickets. It was fascinating!!

I expect you are a tarantula lover too?
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GunkvM Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007
I am! thats really cool I've never seen one feed before. I want one and I actually asked my roomate if she would let me get one buttttt no go.. merrr. so im getting a snake. but yeah tarantulas i think are beautifl and maical haa. they are like mini kittens
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PokemonMaster250 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
i could never hold a trantuala..

back to the art, i find this picture looks very lifelike..
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Chimalmaht Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I just wanna tickle your drawing, it's so cute and fluffy. And Charolette sounds so adorable! Ee!
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Moundfreek Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Charolette is sooooo fun!!! And Balustrade became inspired and now has one of his own (named Zoe). I get to visit her again this evening, SQUEE!!!
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