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Tarantulas in Jamaica

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by Advert, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. Advert

    Advert Arachnopeon

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    Hi there,

    before I begin I apologize to the moderators if I have placed this topic in the wrong sub forum.

    Just recently I have taken a keen interest in tarantulas and would like to get one and to get into the hobby. Sadly I have an obstacle facing me in terms of acquiring one. I currently live in Jamaica and literally no one keeps tarantulas here so the hobby is not present at all for me to get one here. So I have been looking at the laws here for bringing one into the country and the laws are very spotty in terms of importing/bringing it into the country. My question to you arachnoboards is would I be able to carry a juvenile tarantula with me on an airplane in a critter keeper back into Jamaica? I'm not completely sure if you're allowed to bring one on an airplane and would like to know what you guys think!:D

    Regards,

    Advert.
     
  2. That's something you're better off contacting Jamaican airlines about. When you fly to Hawaii, they make you fill out forms asking if you have certain items (raw fruits or vegetables, snakes, bacterial cultures, insects, etc.), and I would assume they'd do the same for Jamaica and any of the other (sub)tropical islands.

    My personal opinion though is no, they would not allow you to bring one in on an airplane.
     
  3. Poxicator

    Poxicator Arachnobaron

    Sorry, I know this doesnt answer your question but...

    You used to have tarantula in Jamaica, Cyrtopholis jamaicola, but they are thought to be extinct now due to the introduction of the Mongoose.
     
  4. Advert

    Advert Arachnopeon

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    Thanks for the reply so quickly! Surprisingly of all the times I've flown back and forth from here to the states we've never had to fill out something like that. I've been scrounging around the internet and so far only found things pertaining to things such as dogs, cats, birds etc. I'll make sure to call one of the airlines here and ask them. I know for one thing you can import practically anything here when you obtain the proper license, but I'm pretty sure a tarantula wouldn't live too long being shipped so far. :(

    Regards,

    Advert.
     
  5. Where were you thinking of having it shipped from? You're not really too far from the States...
     
  6. Advert

    Advert Arachnopeon

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    Mainly Florida or any state neighboring Florida, but I'm defiantly picking Florida due to the time taken to get to Jamaica from other states.
     
  7. elysium

    elysium Arachnosquire

    Hate to resurrect a dead thread, and hijack it at the same time, but it seemed like the appropriate place to ask. I am currently on vacation in Negril in this lovely island and i actually asked a couple locals if they had ever seen any. Both laughed at me saying they know the island like the back of their hand and they've never seen any tarantulas. I was kinda surprised as I would've thought there would be at least a few species that are native to Jamaica. Does anyone know of any? If yes, in which locality/part of the island would they be found?
     
  8. TownesVanZandt

    TownesVanZandt Arachnobaron Active Member

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    There are no tarantulas at Jamaica.
     
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  9. dopamine

    dopamine Arachnobaron Active Member

    Geez I need to brush up on my geography. I thought Trinidad was in Jamaica and was about to suggest P. Cambridgei. Whoops.
     
  10. advan

    advan raptorer Staff Member

    If Cyrtopholis jamaicola has not been wiped out, I would look in and around Montego Bay. It is the type locality for the species. Due to tourism and all the resorts being built, I would check the hills just south of the bay. Good luck and bring your camera just in case you're successful. :)
     
  11. elysium

    elysium Arachnosquire

    Thanks! I actually found another reference pointing to this same species when i was googling the topic, and they made mention of it being extinct. The introduction of mongooses along with construction were the reasons they mentioned. Apparently mongooses took a larger toll than expected and are now everywhere, and the locals seem to really dislike them from the conversations I've had with them lol.
     
  12. Chris LXXIX

    Chris LXXIX Arachnoking Active Member

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    Yup, exist a Theraphosinae sp. hasta ganja rasta :troll:
     
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