First pokie advice

spider_fan

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After doing some research and admiring the beauty of them for a while now, I am probably going to order my first Poecilotheria today, I would like to know which one you think is the best first one to own. I was thinking P. regalis because of the lower price. Any other tips would be appreciated.
 

pedipalps

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They are very fast, be careful when working in their enclosure. P. regalis are ok but P. metallica are my choice.
 

Transylvania

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Get a less-expensive one that could be easily replaced so you can get used to the genus and once you've mastered that pokie, you can move on to the more expensive, valuable ones.
 

Bothrops

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I'd go with a P. regalis as well...
They are cheap, beautiful, and not as 'agressive' or 'defensive' as other species like P. ornata.
 

Lopez

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Interesting suggestions in this thread

metallica, the most expensive
subfusca, unusual climate preference, rare and expensive.

I would get a regalis. Cheap, robust, not so flighty like fasciata and brighter than the similarly priced formosa.
 

Mina

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I always heard before I got my pokies that the two best starter pokies were P. regalis and P. ornata. So that is what I have and they are both doing well.
 

Merfolk

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The common regalis is an awesome spider!!!

And if you can get a rufilata, go!!! They are calmer, grow bigger, and the colors....:drool: :drool: :drool: :drool:
 

spider_fan

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So I went ahead and ordered a 3" regalis, along with a 5" L. parahybana and a 3/4" C. cyaneopubescens, from reptist. I got a tall terrarium with some cork bark set up in it mimicing tree branches in it, and some vermiculite in the bottom to help retain moisture from spraying, along with a water dish down there. Any other advice about caring for these beautiful spiders?
 

AlainL

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They are very fast, be careful when working in their enclosure. P. regalis are ok but P. metallica are my choice.
IMO P.metallica are a bit expensive(over 200.00$) for a first pokie I would also go with P.regalis and P.rufilata.

Alain
 
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mcy

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My advice is get what your interested in spiders are not hard to take care of at all they should be considered the lazy mans pet. I know im still kinda new to the hobby but any giant tree spider is gonna be pretty amazing dont just think of the "starter" species like a tricycle.
 

LimaMikeSquared

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A P. ornata was my first pokie (3rd owned spider), closely followed by regalis. I was very very new to the hobby seen as i had them after a few months. Alot earlier then recommended for them.

I've always exercised extreme caution with them, due to the speed and their potentness and not had a problem with them. But you've probably read that from other threads.

It does vary from spider to spider greatly, my ornata used to be really mean when it got about 4 inchs and now is reasonably calm at 6 inches.

But I would say regalis, or maybe ornata as a good choice. I have a nice tempered pederseni, but alot of feedback on them say they are a bit more tempermentle then the others. These three are reasonably priced too.

Hope this helped

LMS
 

Midnightrdr456

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I say P Ornata, I think they are gorgeous ones, get rather large and arent too expensive. Usually around $40 which isnt too bad, I dont think, with experience, you will have it die on you. (Knock on wood)
 

Kagekumo

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I would go with a P. regalis. They are relatively common but are very attractive. The are the only "Pokie" that sports a horzontal cream band on the underside of their opsthosoma. And yeah are pretty affordable.
 

Kagekumo

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Oh yeah stay away from P. metallica. Awesome but super expensive. try a couple before buying a gem
 

Heather

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My 1st 2 T's are my p. metallica's. Imo, each Pokie is beautiful in their own way.

If one is determined to learn what is needed and respect those needs and if you can afford it... get what you want.
 
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