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    1965-09-07
  • About me

    Professional photographer and professional T lover :-)

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Thursday, 27 May 2010 10:08
Last online
6 months ago
  • Taki Tsonis replied to the topic 'Where is everyone?' in the forum.

    No idea if they're even in the hobby anymore.

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  • Taki Tsonis replied to the topic 'Where is everyone?' in the forum.

    Hi Werner

    It's not so much that the hobby is dying, more a case of social media shifting a bit. Most of the hobbyists are now on tarantula whatsapp groups ;-)

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  • Taki Tsonis replied to the topic 'Please Id' in the forum.

    Hi Reinier

    Looks like H gigas and B albopilosum mm.

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  • Taki Tsonis replied to the topic 'Sex This P. Metalica' in the forum.

    Like Jake I would have gone with female from the ventral and dorsal pics but I don't see any spermathecae in your molt pic which would mean you have a male.
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  • Taki Tsonis replied to the topic 'My tarantula collection (started 2013/06/11)' in the forum.

    Nice T's Jaco

    Your regalis is a female, if you look at the dorsal pics you can see that her folio is super light and in the ventral pics you can see that 'white line'
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  • Taki Tsonis replied to the topic 'All Tarantula "beginners" put questions forth here :-) "we" all here too help:-)' in the forum.

    Stan my sincerest apologies for that sillyness, clearly some people's personalities cannot change and the banned people will therefore remain permanently banned going forward!
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    George Britz Ray you obviously have no idea who Stan is do you??
    3 years ago
  • Martin Oosthuysen thanks user 'Martin' in the forum message ' My second P metallica sack for the year :-)'.
  • Taki Tsonis replied to the topic 'My second P metallica sack for the year :-)' in the forum.

    Martin I'm going to guess female, especially the first one ;)
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  • Martin Oosthuysen thanks user 'Martin' in the forum message ' New draft Gauteng legislation'.
  • Taki Tsonis replied to the topic 'New draft Gauteng legislation' in the forum.

    "Arno Naude
    WE WON THE FIRST ROUND. The message was that this draft Nature Conservation Bill was going to be passed and we were just being informed. Then they said we could make written comments and then after I stated a few facts and had the support of many other like minded people the MEC has given us two weeks to send comments after which another meeting will be held. Round One - The pet trade!!! Thank you to everyone who attended as well as everyone who signed the petition. We appreciate it. Please spread this message to all the forums that are affected. We will co-ordinate the comments and ensure that they are acknowledged and taken into consideration. Watch this space."
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  • Taki Tsonis replied to the topic 'New draft Gauteng legislation' in the forum.

    Good to have you back :laugh:
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  • Hendrik Steenberg thanks user 'Hendrijs' in the forum message ' New draft Gauteng legislation'.
  • Taki Tsonis replied to the topic 'New draft Gauteng legislation' in the forum.

    Pat I don't want to lost focus on what's more important here but you did 'personally attack' us on various levels in your original post so I felt the need to respond.

    1. I will say that we have no 'connections' at natcon (you contrdicting yourself seeing that you know that who works where)

    2. Do you know something I don't? When did they give captive breeding permits out? I do however know of people that have illegally been providing the rest of the world with 'captive bred' locals. Probably a good thing and similar to what we were striving to achieve LEGALLY only to be thwarted by typically narrowminded and in most cases uneducated bureaucratic red tape. (At least we didn't sit around on our arses and tried!)

    3. We don't have any sort of involvement with Natcon and as you can see, they pretty much do anything they wish (however illogical or silly it might be)

    You're a fine one to talk about our and our admins activity, why did you disappear from the forum for so many years with all that knowledge that you have to offer? Did I not repeatedly aks you to re-join the forum and actively participate for you only to decline due to certain individuals?
    I'm sure you havbe a clue what the costs invloved are nowadays in keeping a forum up and running (and very advanced and updated I might add). We certainly have contributed greatly to the hobby in that respect out of our own pockets wouldn't you say?
    The size of the collection and ego comments are so absurd I shouldn't even be responding to them, I was merely pointing out that we had in no way lost interest in the hobby.

    I did make suggestions as to what I think the approach should be in tackling this proposed legislation after chatting to MANY well informed people. I'm not a 'clever oke' either, just tried to piece together everything I have discussed with all those people.
    I have signed the petition going around and plan to be at the meeting. I do not however have the time to go into this on a full scale due to work commitments, I can only say I am willing to help as mush as possible.

    Again, this is not an attack, it's a response. Let's by all means have a proper discussion as to a possible solution!
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  • Hendrik Steenberg thanks user 'Hendrijs' in the forum message ' New draft Gauteng legislation'.
  • Taki Tsonis replied to the topic 'New draft Gauteng legislation' in the forum.

    Wow Pat, you of all people surprise and offend me with your ending paragraph about myself, Dimitri and Hendrik abandoning the 'hobby' and 'exotics' for local baboonspiders!
    I'm not sure what you meant by 'handing over the reigns'exactly, I wasn't aware we were 'ruling' anything??

    With regard to abandoning the hobby, we have not done anything of the sort and have collectively one of the most impressive tarantula collections in the country!
    Hendrik is one of the biggest breeders in the SA and has provided countless people with their exotic tarantulas!
    As so many prophets of doom have been screaming, the hobby has gone through a bit of a dip lately (I think largely due to financial pressure) so we haven't been overly active on the forums perhaps but that's more due to natural progression in my opinion (most things that can be said or asked on a forum have already been said and asked to death).

    That certainly doesn't mean (and I can only speak for myself here) that I've lost any interest at all in the exotics! I have been very actively been researching and talking to people about various 'grey area' species revisions etc.
    Obviously that's not easy to do with tarantulas being so widespread and difficult to access, so while we have the ability, desire and means to do anything worthwhile for our locals, we will do so.
    Considering what you've been up to regarding local species over the past few years, your comments are seriously baffling??

    If you speak to Arno and others, they will tell you that this proposed legislation was submitted in almost identical form years ago when yet again it was challenged and put to bed for a few years.

    What we should be doing is challenging it on the grounds of it's inherent shortcomings embodying conservation principles and the priciples of co-operative governance and the 3 tierd ,model of of government, not on what the implications will be for hobbyists or pet keepers as I think they will not take that angle too seriously (although one can approach it from an unconstitutional point of view in that many people's livelyhoods will be affected).
    We should probably approach the relevant people in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature and question the thinking (or lack there of), in to how this proposed legislation in it's weakly put together form, is helping nature conservation...

    That all said, I guess that arriving in numbers at the MEC open day is a good show of force and commitment but not if people go about it in a silly and emotional way. We have to go there prepared with intelligent questions and objections/challenges in my opinion. The blanket ban approach can only be considered weak, unsubstantiated and unmotivated if you start to really examine what the risks are!
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  • Taki Tsonis replied to the topic 'Looking to make a comeback.' in the forum.

    Me too! :laugh:
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  • Taki Tsonis replied to the topic 'Hair today Gone tomorrow (urticating hairs)' in the forum.

    Shame Jake, it's not fun getting a reaction to those hairs. My son has pretty much gone off T's due to the urticating hairs and now only likes non flicking species lol.
    So basically I think I'm right in trying to keep the area totally dry rather than 'wetting' it with cream, sweat, water etc. I assume if you have a long shower though, it might also wash a lot of them off eventually......
    Glad to see the tape thing does actually work!
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  • Taki Tsonis replied to the topic 'Looking to make a comeback.' in the forum.

    Welcome back Robert!
    Didn't you have a Pamphobeteus sp 'Chicken Spider' in your collection as well?
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  • Taki Tsonis replied to the topic 'On the other side of curly hairs' in the forum.

    Hi sunny, this might sound like a silly question but how do you know it 'wanted to bite you'?
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  • Taki Tsonis replied to the topic 'Hair today Gone tomorrow (urticating hairs)' in the forum.

    I'll tell you my method for avoiding urticating hairs. I have found that the less I interact with a T, the more likely it is to flick me when I do have to interact with it eventually. With this in mind, if I suspect I'm going to get flicked I first make sure I am not sweaty and dry myself off nicely with a towel (might even be worth spreading some baby powder over your arms), I then use a long enough blunt plastic rod to initially start the interaction with my T thereby minimising the risk of getting the hairs on my skin. If it does flick at the first touch, I'm always ready to very gently keep a long breath blowing the hairs away from myself and also blow the hairs off the affected area instead of physically touching them.
    Worst case scenario when I do occasionally get flicked, I use a towel to gently rub as many of the hairs of the affected area (at the same time drying the area) and make a conscious effort to not touch the area not matter how itchy it gets. I have found these steps to keep me from having any issues with urticating hairs.
    My son still claims that rubbing peatmoss over the affected area helps but I don't really know if that helps. I still want to try using packaging or duct tape to remove them as well.....
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  • Taki Tsonis replied to the topic 'Rediscovering Pterinochilus lugardi' in the forum.

    I fully agree, I am not for 1 minute saying that the species should be changed because of the behaviour, as you said, I am fond of going by 'what it looks like to me' lol. Doesn't mean I'm definately wrong, I just go by my own instinct most of the time and will probably be wrong I guess. It's all very interesting never the less :)
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