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Best "Big" Tarantula

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by Dylan Bruce, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. Dylan Bruce

    Dylan Bruce Arachnosquire

    Hey everyone,

    So eventually I want to have one T in my collection that grows to an impressive size but there are a few i know of that are in that "Big" category. Now obviously the T. stirmi is the Largest but from what I've read they are quite an advanced species having terrible urticating hairs and liking to burrow and stay out of sight. the next in line would be the L. parahynbana, although not quite as large apparently easier to care for and are much more active and a good display species. another species I have read gets to an impressive size is the A. geniculata but I'm not sure if that is in the same league when it comes to sheer size.
  2. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoking Active Member

    @KezyGLA on here has a 8.5" Pamphobeteus antinous for sale. Stunning tarantulas.
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  3. KezyGLA

    KezyGLA Arachnoking Active Member

    Some big spiders and realistic sizes

    Pamphobeteus antinous 8-9"
    Pamphobeteus mascara 8-9"
    Theraphosa stirmi 10"
    Theraphosa blondi 10"
    Theraphosa apophysis 10"
    Lasiodora parahybana 8-9"
    Acanthoscurria geniculata 8"
    Xenesthis sp. 8-9"
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  4. Dylan Bruce

    Dylan Bruce Arachnosquire

    Never even looked at Pamphobetus sp. before to be honest but after a quick google they look absolutely brilliant, it'll be a few years before I look at getting a spider of that size I'm just doing a little research at the minute.
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  5. Dylan Bruce

    Dylan Bruce Arachnosquire

    Ive heard of some LP reaching 10" but 9" seems more realistic. I think LP may be the best bet, it seems to be a little more docile and more of a display species than others of a similar size. it will be a few years away yet so I've got plenty time to do research on the other species listed, Cheers mate!
  6. Mirandarachnid

    Mirandarachnid Arachnobaron Active Member

    Apparently they are marketed that way because they produce thousands of little ones per sack, so many dealers tend to exaggerate the size to unload them quicker.

    EDIT: Still a great spider. I adore mine, it's a funny muffin.
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  7. Dylan Bruce

    Dylan Bruce Arachnosquire

    That's one more reason I would like to get one, because they breed really easily and produce thousands they're easy to find and pretty cheap. 8-9" is still an impressive size especially for a T that is reasonably docile.
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  8. Nightshady

    Nightshady Dislike Harvester

    I have a geniculata and love it. Great spider. Not as big as some for sure, but still very good size and a great species.
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  9. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnotank Arachnosupporter

    Apparently 7"-8" is more common, which is around the same size as a genic.

    From what I hear (I'm not using my SAF as an example even though she backs it up because I have psycho Brachys, personality-swapped Psalmos and non-flicky Nhandus) a lot of them tend to be pretty skittish and the hairs are just awful, I'll have to wait until my stirmi grows up to find out just how bad those are in comparison but Lasiodora hairs are by far the worst I've encountered so far.
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  10. PanzoN88

    PanzoN88 Arachnobaron Active Member

    P. cancerides: while they may not be the most colorful, they have the size, feistiness, and feeding response to make up for it.
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  11. starnaito

    starnaito Arachnosquire

    Maybe not quite as big as the others already mentioned here, but I adore these three, and all are said to reach about 8":
    - Acanthoscurria geniculata
    - Grammostola pulchripes
    - Grammostola pulchra

    The A. genic is also fast-growing and will reach full size in no time. (I have two of them now, and can always count on them to eat and molt like clockwork.)
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  12. Dylan Bruce

    Dylan Bruce Arachnosquire

    From what I've read Theraposa are worse than Lasiadora but I know everyone can react a little differently. After a little more digging the hairs do look pretty nasty so that may be an LP off my list, I have always liked genics and if there isn't much size difference I may just get one of them.
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  13. Dylan Bruce

    Dylan Bruce Arachnosquire

    I do love a genic and it has been on my list for a while, always out in the open great eaters and I do love the black/white colouration. I may just get an A. Geniculata after all
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  14. Venom1080

    Venom1080 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    Poecilotheria rufilata get huge. ~9". And are more striking than most terrestrials.
  15. Dylan Bruce

    Dylan Bruce Arachnosquire

    Yeah all poeciltheria are stunning but that's something I don't think I'll ever be ready to keep. I think a few aviculara/caribena species will be enough arboreals to keep me happy. I don't fancy having a T that has some of the most potent venom as well as being fast and skittish.
  16. sasker

    sasker Arachnobaron Active Member

    Reading between the lines of the OPs messages, I think it is necessary to point out that this is an OW arboreal tarantula with a very nasty bite. Perhaps gain some experience with some NW arboreals first. Not that P. rufilata is not beautiful, though.

    Edit: @Dylan Bruce you beat me to it :D Glad that you are aware of the details of this species.
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  17. Dylan Bruce

    Dylan Bruce Arachnosquire

    Yeah i know a pokie isn't something to take lightly, like I said I'm not sure if I'll ever want to keep one. Although they are absolutely gorgeous, P. Metallica is one of my favourites.
  18. FrDoc

    FrDoc Arachnobaron Active Member

    Question regarding P. Rufilata: I only have one arboreal at present, an A. Avicularia that keeps itself pasted to the sides of the enclosure in sort of a, "Hey, I'm right here, look at me", posture. What is the "general" disposition of P. Rufilata, reclusive or more gregarious?
  19. Venom1080

    Venom1080 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    Raise a Psalmopoeus and you'll be okay ;)
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  20. Venom1080

    Venom1080 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    Individuals probably vary. But my girl has always been pretty outgoing. I see her daily.