Persuade Parents for a Tarantula

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by AngryApple, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. AngryApple macrumors 6502

    Dec 25, 2008
    I want a tarantula. BAD. I'm even willing to shell out big bucks from my MacBook Pro fund for one. Any ideas on how to convince them to let me buy one? I already have a fish tank that would work well as a cage for one. My parents' main reason for not letting me get one is because they are afraid of spiders. They're also afraid that it might get out and them or something.

    So, any amazing ideas for persuading them?
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I'd love to hear your reasoning for wanting one so bad.
  3. AngryApple thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 25, 2008
    They're cute.

    They're unique.

    :D I think one would be a cool pet.
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I think this is a classic case of what is novel today is not novel tomorrow. Consider why you really want one and what you can do with it and then explain THAT to the parents.
  5. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

    Thomas Veil

    Feb 14, 2004
    OBJECTIVE reality
    I can't think of a single persuasive reason why you'd have to have a tarantula...especially if your parents are afraid of them.
  6. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    Wow, really? You want a tarantula BAD?

    Wait until you're old enough to live on your own, and get one. Easy!
  7. AngryApple thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 25, 2008
    I know I sound like an idiot using the term bad. I just tend to become really obsessive about things and a tarantula is my new obsession.
  8. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    lol i hate bugs

    now pythons are cool!
  9. AngryApple thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 25, 2008
    Snakes are cool. But I would freak out at night afraid that it may slither out. :eek:
  10. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    and you dont have the same concern for a giant spider!?
  11. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Now you know exactly how your parents feel.;) Good luck.
  12. laughingperson5 macrumors 6502

    Jan 2, 2009
    Alright back to the point. Say stuff like. "It'll teach me responsibility. Less hassle than other animals. Blah blah blah."
  13. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    How long do they live?

    They can't play fetch. :(
  14. STSNorthstar macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2008
    There is your answer. It's jsut an obsession, which means that a lot of times, ina week, the obsession dies, and the animal gets neglected becasue its a pain. It's not fair to the animal, or, in this case, spider.

    Heres what you do. Wait 3 months. If you still want it just as badly, then get it. If not, then you've got your real and final answer.
  15. Don't panic macrumors 603

    Don't panic

    Jan 30, 2004
    having a drink at Milliways
    on the positive side, tarantulas are not really poisonous so no one is going to die because of it (the only real danger they poise is a bad allergic reaction). However, they still can bite (like a bad bee sting) and have urticant hairs, so you can't really handle them much (they are also kind of fragile and reclusive).

    remember that they can live a long time (upward of 15 years) and require consistent (if easy) care: constant temperature and humidity, live food, etc.

    so are you ready to commit for the next 10+ years? can you bring pets to the college you'll be attending? who's going to feed it the (live) crickets when you are on vacation?
  16. ikermalli macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2008
    Do you know all the care needs?

    Do you know how long it lives for?

    Do you know what size cage it needs?

    Do you know that you will not lose interest in it?

    My parents are scared of lizards, they let me get one, after I had done about 45+ hours of research on the species I want. I now have one, and have done about 80+ hours of research since then, but I know as I go along in high school I will lose interest in it. I am going to be giving him away so he gets proper care (which he is getting now) and someone who would really like one but cannot afford one. Make sure you have a plan to give him away to a good owner before you get your tarantula.
  17. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

    Unspoken Demise

    Apr 16, 2009
    I'd ground you just for wanting to bring a spider into our house, especially one as gross and furry as a Tarantula.
  18. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    You don't want a tarantula, you need a Goliath.
  19. CHAOS STEP macrumors 6502


    Nov 2, 2005
    playing tiddlywinks with Kim Jong-un
    Can't you just take more care of for your existing house spiders?

    Like big Steve here, he crawled across my pillow and I heard him scratching up my wall (where he nearly slipped down trying to go over a poster).

    A few moments (and a little cry) later I managed to skip down the hall and get a tub. When I returned, Stevey was moonwalking on my ceiling. I missed my first attempt to encase him in the tub (because he was half upon my coving), he then fell off onto my BARE FOOT whereupon a let out a little girly scream, but collected my thoughts and shortly thereafter made good the capture.

    ... turns out his cousin lives down the road in smelly Dave from the pub's house. Small world.

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  20. AngryApple thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 25, 2008
    ...uh...If I saw that thing in my house I would step on it! Unless I knew what species of spider it was.
  21. leekohler macrumors G5


    Dec 22, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    I like tarantulas and snakes- boas are great. Think through your reasons for wanting a tarantula, like others have said, before you get one.
  22. Hayduke60 macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2009
    Tell your parents that it's an 8 legged hamster......with fangs. No parent can say no to a hamster.
  23. BrianKonarsMac macrumors 65816

    Apr 28, 2004
    Read what you wrote - does this sound like a good idea?

    What happens to your tarantula when you've moved on to your next obsession?

    When I was a kid (...i've just turned old with one sentence...) I'd be interested in something new every month. My parents started a new rule with me - anything I wanted to purchase, I could not buy for 3 months. If after 3 months, I still wanted it, then I could have it. There were of course exceptions to this rule - but I never got the glass blowing studio I so greatly coveted as a teenager.

    Needless to say, this cut down on their costs considerably.

    i like you.

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