and there are multiple threads for the death curl, just hit up a search for them.
I read the sticky on the differences between aggressive and defensive behaviour of tarantulas with great interest, sorry I can't remember who exactly wrote that piece but it was very good!
Through my browsing of the site I've come across people mentioning aggressive stance and defensive stance, albeit in different posts.
Now I presume, please correct me if I'm wrong, but an aggressive stance is the tarantula rearing up and either preparing to strike or just to strike fear into whatever is bothering it.
However, what do people mean by a defensive stance? Is that when a tarantula tries to curl up into a ball (all it's legs drawn in close to the body)?
Any clues for an old man new to tarantulas?
People shouldn't really use the term aggressive for tarantula behavior. Aggressive means an animal will go out of its way to attack you without necessarily percieving you as a direct threat. Defensive means they will readily threaten or attack you if they percieve you to be a threat. Some tarantulas are much more defensive than others but none are really aggressive.
An "aggressive stance" and a "defensive stance" are the same thing, just one is a more appropriate term than the other. "Threat posture" is a more appropriate term than either.
Originally Posted by Why?
aggression refers to behavior between members of the same species that is intended to cause pain or harm.
Predatory or defensive behavior between members of different species is not normally considered "aggression."
Ah okay, so they mean the same stance. Think I prefer "threat posture" better too.
I tend to disagree with this, I had a A.seemani that would more than go out of it's way to sink it's fangs in you! It would rush out of it's hide if you got to close to it's tank! And forget about reaching in to try to clean it's cage or water it! I think it wanted it's 2 pounds of flesh!!
Deathcrew-still sounds "defensive" to me. It didn't want you near it's enclosure because it was protecting it's home. Just because some T's will hide when you are doing maintenance, and others try to scare you away, it does not mean the "scary" ones are being aggressive, they are just actively protecting their territory from a perceived threat. Do you honestly think your T understands that you are just trying to do housekeeping?
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Ok now for the reply that I had already had wrote but mother nature decided to cut my power. But things are back up and running so here it goes. Defensive and agression are deff two different things. Deffensiveness in a T would be one that throws a threat pose kind of warning. Agressiveness would be one that would go out of its way to bite and or chase u for example deathcrews T. Yes it may not know he is doing general house keeping but this T obviously has a bad attitude. I think you all are making this harder than it truely is. This can be debated till we are all blue in the face but what does it really matter. In my opinion its cut and dry a T is either docile or not.
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We've split these hairs before.
1: a forceful action or procedure (as an unprovoked attack) especially when intended to dominate or master
2: the practice of making attacks or encroachments ; especially : unprovoked violation by one country of the territorial integrity of another
3: hostile, injurious, or destructive behavior or outlook especially when caused by frustration
1: serving to defend or protect <defensive fortifications>
2 a: devoted to resisting or preventing aggression or attack <defensive behavior
Ts are defensive, NOT agressive.
By defenition, defending one's home is NOT a form of agression.
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