RAS (Research Assistant Spider)


Toni STARC, a rose hair tarantula, has helped dozens of people overcome their fear of spiders. She has changed the lives of people who have partaken in Augmented Reality Exposure Therapy (ARET) for arachnophobia. Toni has been touched and handled by folks who, at first, could not be in the same room with her, even when she was in her cage. Toni has also had the pleasure of crawling up and down many human arms, showing she is just another furry critter, and not something to be feared. Any connection claimed by Tony STARK (aka Iron Man), is false, and Stark’s wishful thinking!