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HOLE(Y) TARANTULA! Repaired With Super Glue

July 25th, 2011
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tarantula-300x199[Photo Credit: Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman]

Zookeepers at Oklahoma City Zoo recently saved the life of one of their favorite, long-term resident spiders using super glue!  The brown tarantula has resided in the Oklahoma Trails exhibit since 2007 and is about 6 or 7 years old.  Recently, zookeepers “spotted a soft,watery glob on top of her”.  Further investigation led to the discovery of  “a tear in its abdomen”.  A procedure to “tap the mass back inside” was then followed up by repairing the cut with a super glue adhesive.  So far the repair is holding and the female tarantula may end living out her life expectancy, which can be up to 30 years according to Wikipedia.

Apparently, this is not the first time super glue has been used to repair an injured tarantula!  Check out this video on fixing a tarantula’s leg.  Also, according to another article by Michael Jacobi and “Household super glue is the most essential item in the tarantula keeper’s first aid kit.”

Since tarantulas are very docile, and tend to be popular pets, this is good information for all tarantula keepers to stick in their memory banks!

Special thanks to our loyal reader, Donna, for sharing this terrific bit of information with us!  We appreciate hot tips on how people use super glue.  Share your story and you may win some free samples!