Advertisement My last experience with exotic pets was 14 years ago when my beloved 14’ Burmese Python passed at about age 18. Prior to that I had a Chilean Rose and a few Emperor scorpions. I feel I have enough past experience to start again with a couple slings. I am including my two boys in the hobby ages 15 and 5, and my wife will remain at a loving distance. The 5 year old listens well, and is excited to see the spiders grow up. The 15 year old thinks it’s cool but I don’t expect a whole lot of hands on since they are spiders and not teenage girls... I decided to focus on “bird-eater” types of Tarantulas because of growth, size potential, and display factors. Handling is not a remote priority, especially because of the youngests age. I think the ultimate goal will be 3-5 of the larger T’s. Any of your thoughts or input would be appreciated.