Advertisement Hey all. We know you want a female tarantula -- everyone wants one, and everyone is willing to pay a premium for a female rather than take on a lowly male. People want a female because they live longer (for the most part - the most common reason). So you want a 20-25 year commitment to an animal, rather than a 3 - 5 year? (I am generalizing on the lifespans - but basically assume male lives # years and female lives # x 5 years. When a male matures in your care, it's not the end of the road - you have the ability to trade him to someone breeding, or sell him to someone breeding, and get another tarantula. He's going to have a better end-of-life scenario. Five years is a long time. How many people jump in and out of the hobby within two years? College kids with a dorm - great pet - but they graduate and then what? If your intent is to honestly take a tarantula and commit 20+ years to its care, via moving, marriage, divorce, etc., that's great. But there's nothing wrong with taking on a male because their lifespan is still measured in years, not months. The times I have had a male reach maturity I've either traded him for slings or other tarantulas or sold them to a breeder who wants to expand the hobby. Is there another reason males are shunned?