Advertisement Fellow Tarantula Fans, I've been curious about tarantulas probably since I was a kid, but hadn't considered getting one until recently. I stumbled across a T keeping video on YouTube a while back and now I think I'm a T video addict. I've done some reading on Stanley Schultz's website. I've also ordered his book, but mistakenly ordered the second addition instead of the third edition. It hasn't arrived yet. With the research I've done so far I've learned just enough to know that I have a lot to learn. I've only found one local shop that carries T's so far, Critters Exotic Pets. I stopped by today and checked out their very limited selection. They only had four T's in stock, and only one that they would recommend for a newbie. The clerk referred to the newbie friendly one as a Metallica Pink Toe. The deli container it was in was just labelled M.P.T. The clerk took the T out and handled him/her. I'm terrible at size gestimates, but I would say the T's DLS was probably around 2", or maybe a little more. The T jumped from the clerk's hand to the floor two or three times before settling down a bit. He/she never stopped moving while the clerk handled him/her. The clerk asked if I wanted to try handling the T. I gave it a shot. The T went from the clerk to my hand, climbed up my arm just past my wrist, and stopped. It appeared to sit there calmly without moving until the clerk took him/her back to return him/her to his/her deli container. All in all it was a pleasant first handling experience. I know handling is frowned upon by most people in the hobby these days. I'm okay with acquiring T's that can't, or shouldn't, be handled. If I want animals to cuddle with, I have dogs. But I definitely wouldn't mind having a T, or two, that can be handled on rare occasions. The clerk said they usually try to keep pink toes and rose hairs in stock, but the rose hairs sell out pretty quickly. He said the others they had in stock while I was there were bird eaters. They are willing to special order other species. They just require 1/2 the price be paid up front for special orders. What do y'all think about a pink toe as a first T? I was leaning towards a terrestrial T for a first T. I was planning on waiting until pay-day before buying anything anyway, so I'll see what they have in after then. Also, if anyone has any suggestions for other T sources in the general Waco, TX area I'd love to hear about them.