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Am I Too Old for Ts?....

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by Boatman, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. Boatman

    Boatman Arachnosquire

    I'll be 38 years old this year and sometimes I feel like a big kid, especially when it comes to these things. We (my son and I) got our first T two years ago. Lately, my additiction has been getting worse. What's the average age of T keepers?
  2. TexasTreeViper

    TexasTreeViper Arachnosquire

    I'm 30 and I have been keeping Ts for around 4 yrs.
  3. natebugman

    natebugman Arachnoknight

    Well, I can't say what the average age of tarantula keepers is, but I'm 36. I got my first tarantula about 15 years ago, but my "habit" didn't really kick in until about 3 years ago. The only thing that concerns me about my age and tarantula keeping is who is going to inherit my pets when my wife and I die? As for average age, sounds like a good poll question to me.
  4. Boatman

    Boatman Arachnosquire

    Thanks for the replies. I tried (and failed) to start a poll....
  5. Twillis10

    Twillis10 Arachnosquire

    Im 23 and I've been collecting for about 4 years. Since I have been in the hobby I have meet more people in their 30s and 40s that people my age or younger. Also I've noticed the people my age I have meet have reptile collections and thats how they got into Ts, including myself. The people older than me most never had reptile collections. I would say 97% (completely made up, but you get the point.) have been male as well, not that Im shocked by that.
  6. Lenxx

    Lenxx Arachnopeon

    Im 34, female, and got my first T about six months ago. :)
  7. Saark

    Saark Arachnosquire

    I'll be 42 in a week, got ya all beat so far. :laugh:
  8. captmarga

    captmarga Arachnobaron

    I have quite a few years on you, and am crazy about my Ts. As I recall, the authors of the Tarantula Keeper's Guide (one of whom, Stan, is here on the lists) had/have T for more years than I can count in my own life... so why limit yourself?

    You are only as old as you feel!!!

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  9. jim777

    jim777 Arachnosquire

    I started karate at 44 and now teach it :) Don't ever let age limit you in ANYTHING. OK, I would suggest a 85 year old not buy a Ninja and take up motorcycling, but you get my drift!
  10. Saark

    Saark Arachnosquire

    Yeah, if you're 85, I'd suggest a nice, low, fat cruiser. The Ninja would probably be hard on the back!
  11. Walk Alone

    Walk Alone Arachnosquire

    Sounds like a great hobby for you and your son to enjoy together. Can't think of anything better!

    I'm in my thirties and I think there is nothing immature about tarantula keeping. As for the new coloring book I bought on Sunday...lol :)
  12. Shell

    Shell ArachnoVixen AKA Dream Crusher AKA Heartbreaker

    30 with 2 kids here.

    It's a hobby, everyone needs a hobby, and I don't see how keeping tarantulas would be seen as immature. They are, afterall, exotics, and many species require experience when dealing with them, as they are fast and/or pack a pretty nasty bite (OWs and some NW's like psalmos).
  13. moghue

    moghue Arachnosquire

    I am 44 going on 45 i have been keeping T's off and on ever since i was 14. So you are never to old in my opinion.
  14. Anonymity82

    Anonymity82 Arachnoprince

    I'm 29 and I just started keeping arachnids last June If you're worried about dying and leaving T's just get some that don't live as long :p. Plenty of those!
  15. Jared781

    Jared781 Arachnobaron

    not even... Im probably going to take this hobby till the end
  16. Louis Winthorpe III

    Louis Winthorpe III Arachnopeon

    I'm about to turn 40 with a wife and daughter, and just bought my first 2 Ts back in September 2011.
  17. Tarac

    Tarac Arachnolord

    I'm a 30-something too, seems like most of us are- at least most of us "old" people who wanted to see if we fit the bill in this thread lol. I started as a kid, never stopped although my interest in non-predators has waned a bit since then. Got tired of making tortoise salads every morning. Ts are great for older people with busy lives and more responsibilities, they're so easy. In some ways, like Shell said, I think there advantages to being an older keeper. First of all, you can buy that ultra-deadly giant soul-snacking scorpion you may have previously had to ask mommy to sign for ;)
  18. Im 31 and have been keeping T's for about 5 years. As mentioned before its a hobby with no age limit. Some people collect baseball cards..... I collect spiders.
  19. Crysta

    Crysta Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Awesome guys.
    I started collecting at 14 for spiders and now I am 21 woo!
    (11 for reptiles)
  20. Anastasia

    Anastasia Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Never to old!, I have buds and friends who are 60s and even 70s that just got in the hobby, they LOVE it! How can you be old to enjoy something, just don't put Theraphosa in yer underwear, or if you do so,, Please take a vid and post here! hehe