How did you get into keeping Tarantulas?

Rigor Mortis

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I’m a big Who fan, an even bigger fan of their bass guitarist John Entwistle. After he wrote ‘Boris The Spider’ everyone kinda dubbed him the spider man and Joe Walsh from the Eagles gave him a B. hamorii (probably at that point an E. smithi? It was 1978/79) for his birthday and he called her Doris. He had her for twenty years! So when I got more into John’s solo music and found out he had a spider I decided “well if John Entwistle could have a spider and NOT kill it, I’m sure I could do that too” and then I started researching tarantulas as pets. Wasn’t sold on it but then I visited a local pet store and saw some in person and that did it for me. I put in an order the next day for an A. chalcodes and 10 spiders later here I am.
 

CommanderBacon

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I got my first T in May 2016. I had been looking at getting one since the previous year, and had become obsessed with watching feeding videos by TarantulaAddict on YouTube because his voice was so chill and calm. A friend of mine had a C versicolor, and while I didn't want one of those, I was intrigued by how fluffy and cute it was. She also bred jumping spiders, and gave me some to care for in the year before I got a T. She said their care was somewhat similar to keeping a T and that if I wanted a tarantula, it wasn't really that much work.

I spoke to her and another spider keeper friend of hers I met at the same bug show, and asked them what they'd recommend for a beginner keeper. Then I walked off, spent $30, and came back with a nice 6x6x6" enclosure with a 2" freshly molted Grammostola porteri in it, which had been sold as G rosea by a crusty old guy who never remembers the correct binomials for his Ts, especially if they've changed in the last five years. I've come to avoid him in the years since unless I need a cheap enclosure.

Anyway, I enjoyed my first T so much that I got my second T, a subadult Avicularia avicularia, from LLL Reptiles (I didn't know!) at a reptile expo a few months later, and then was gifted a third a year later in August 2017 (a T albo freebie) after/while caring for three more P regius. Then I spider-sat for my friend for about 3 months while she was on set in Australia working on a film because she didn't want to leave her husband responsible for her slings over the winter. I enjoyed caring for all of them a lot.

Acquisition picked up a bit more after that. I started 2019 with 12 tarantulas, and now I have 89 arachnids. I tend to like dwarf terrestrials/fossorials, specifically high altitude species from the Andes, but I also like true spiders. I haven't had a jumper in about a year, though, and I miss it. They're always so much fun to keep!
 

Tarantulafeets

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I started keeping ts at the begining of this year, and my dad's friend (who also keeps ts) had two juvie lps so he gave one to us. I was absolutly fascinated, and quickly saw how cool they are. But the thing with having 1 first t is that you have a lot of substrate and feeders for only 1 t. Sooo... we got more!
 

USNGunner

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I’m a big Who fan, an even bigger fan of their bass guitarist John Entwistle. After he wrote ‘Boris The Spider’ everyone kinda dubbed him the spider man and Joe Walsh from the Eagles gave him a B. hamorii (probably at that point an E. smithi? It was 1978/79) for his birthday and he called her Doris. He had her for twenty years! So when I got more into John’s solo music and found out he had a spider I decided “well if John Entwistle could have a spider and NOT kill it, I’m sure I could do that too” and then I started researching tarantulas as pets. Wasn’t sold on it but then I visited a local pet store and saw some in person and that did it for me. I put in an order the next day for an A. chalcodes and 10 spiders later here I am.
Love that tune. I hadn't heard that story. It just makes it more awesome at this point! :cool:

My Grandson. He bugged his mother for ever wanting a tarantula and one day she caved. :embarrassed: I still can't believe it. The only thing she hates more than frogs are spiders.

So, the research fell to Grandpa. The boy already had it in his head that he wanted a B. hamorii, they were docile, lived 20 years and loved to be handled. :rolleyes: When I started researching it I quickly figured out that was not necessarily the case and managed to temper his enthusiasm for the handling down quite a bit. He has gotten past that one.

Anyway, she bought it for him the day before they left on a 2 week vacation to kali. B Hamorii sling, maybe an inch DLS. We got it home, into it's new quarters and all was well. LOL. Right up to the point that the girl coming over to take care of the dogs, cat, and ferret was going to cancel if there was a big hairy spider in the house. So I had spood sitting duty.

I watched the little buggar and worried my butt off that something would happen, looking up details constantly to make sure it was ok. Holy crap did I learn a lot. And got interested. And found Fear Not. and...................................

I now have six. A Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens , Caribena versicolor, 2 Hapalapous sp. Columbia (lg), a Cyriocosmus Leetz, and a Cyriocosmus Perezmilesi. My grandson is madder than a hornet as one T is his mother's hard deck. But, his Hamorii is the biggest of the herd, so there's that. I really like the brightly colored and dwarf species. I think this is a pretty good selection actually. All are doing well, that C. Leetzi is one tiny sling though. She's molted 3 maybe 4 times and is still in a 1 oz deli cup. With room. LOL.

I also have a Blatta lateralis colony running much to my wife's chagrin, but it was absolutely the right answer to the feeder dilemma.

Short story long, that's my super power. :rofl:
 

Ic4ru577

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Lockdown made me grounded at home. Needed something to keep me sane. Bought a klaasi which turned to be a rock and now I dipped into the deep end of the pool
 

Uial

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Same story as many people here. I was scared of spiders, it was disruptive and unhealthy. Forced myself to watch them to get over it. Found Tarantula channels on YouTube. There are still some species of spider I find creepy, but I can put them in a glass and set them outside now.

Got a few T's. I like that the maintenance is low, because I often come from work exhausted and can't be bothered, but its still a pet, so I'm not so lonely. I like that you can watch them like fish and they are hands-off pets (I know some people handle theirs, but why, just why? Mine try to kill me when I change the water dish, I don't want that murder machine anywhere near my vulnerable skin, thank you)

I love the slow, big NW's that are always visible. I have a L. parahybana and an A. geniculata and they are really, really defensive compared to the others, that's about as much excitement as I can take, no pokies for me. But I love them all dearly, even though their opinion on me is "mäh" at best and "killmode engaged" at worst^^
 

tarymst

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my SO has three grammastola tarantula's, and i've been scared of spiders all my life and now i'm working on overcoming my fear. one of the things that helped him was learning about them and then owning them. i'm working on going down that same road. i have my eyes on a mexican red knee as my first t. i'm excited as much as i am nervous. :)
 
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I got my first tarantula, a common pinktoe, about 10 months ago. He wouldn't eat for an unknown reason and died. My second tarantula, the one I have now, is eating just fine and built a little mound in front of her hide to be used as a trap. She is doing better than ever. The soil may look moist, but I checked it. It's actually a bit dry.
 

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Rigor Mortis

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Just remembered that I could have started T keeping way earlier if I'd had my way. As a kid I had a bearded dragon and we always went to a locally owned pet store to get crickets for her. They sold fish, birds, small mammals, reptiles, you name it. And they were actually decently cared for too. This one time they had an A. avicularia for sale and I asked my mom if we could get "the spider with the pink shoes" and she said no way are you going to get a pet spider. If only she had said yes, who knows what I'd have by now!
 

KeGathings17

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I’m a big Who fan, an even bigger fan of their bass guitarist John Entwistle. After he wrote ‘Boris The Spider’ everyone kinda dubbed him the spider man and Joe Walsh from the Eagles gave him a B. hamorii (probably at that point an E. smithi? It was 1978/79) for his birthday and he called her Doris. He had her for twenty years! So when I got more into John’s solo music and found out he had a spider I decided “well if John Entwistle could have a spider and NOT kill it, I’m sure I could do that too” and then I started researching tarantulas as pets. Wasn’t sold on it but then I visited a local pet store and saw some in person and that did it for me. I put in an order the next day for an A. chalcodes and 10 spiders later here I am.
This is awesome!!

My story is a bit mundane, always loved creepy crawlies as a kid, and always wanted a snake or tarantula ever since I could remember, mom wasn't into it though until I turned about 15 or 16 and she got me my G. Porteri, and I've had her for about 6 years, got a snake a couple years ago and it's all been downhill from there! I'm at 9 T's now and I'm obsessed.
 
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