I agree with you. They are dirt cheap and tuff as nails!! On the other hand, I dont think a B smithi is all that pricey. Perhaps more so than some others but man are they worth it!!I know people are usually against the more defensive sp. for beginners, but Pterinochilus murinus is one of the easiest sp. to care for, and one of the coolest Ts too. They have it all, a little attitude, over the top webbing, vibrant coloring, fast growing. Doesn't get any better than these guys for securing a long lived interest in tarantulas IMO. All you need is a bit of common sense, and a healthy respect for the speed, and you'll be just fine.
Great beginner sp.. It was mine.......
Good luck whichever way you go bud.
You just made a statement, now please prove your statement. Prove that mosts, 70% of all grammostolas and brachypelmas come from a area that has less then a good solid number of 250. In fact try it for Aphonopelmas, you can not try do it, it is nearly impossible.Most, if not all, Grammostolas and Aphonopelmas and Brachypelma are somewhat desert species, and I just keep them on 50% "bed-a-beast" and 50% sand.
Good point. I failed to mention that I don't bother my T's very much, and not seeing them for months at a time never bothered me. As Baboon said, if you provide it with a proper environment, the chances are high that you won't see it often, during the day anyway.The problem with Pterinochilus murinus and beginer's is'nt really the nervous behavior, but that it can be hiding 3 month without showing a leg.......