My first tarantula...Goliath bird eater.

Jacobchinarian

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I know I will be criticized for getting a Goliath as my first but I couldn't be more happy. She's great. Not full grown which is what I want and just fun to look at. She is in her hide all day and I noticed the last and first few days iv had her she would walk around the container like she was trying to get out but I know now she was just trying to feel the container. Not as aggressive as I portrayed them in my mind but still very aggresive. She just spent atleast an hour doing this weird thing were she would rub her front 4 legs and pedipalps across her fangs which are gigantic. Any information on the leg fang thing would be great but I think she was just cleaning. Thanks so much I thought it was so cool I just had to post it.
 

AgentD006las

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Welcome Gungho hobbyist

She is just grooming. Are you sure its a girl? Also welcome to the hobby!! You should of got an Avicularia avicularia. Well you did the right thing coming here to learn.

How are you keeping her? Humidity is important. Also dont keep her in a tall cage. They are terrible climbers. And dont keep anything she could fall on and injure herself.

Some pictures would be great so we can make sure your doing everything correctly. Id reccomend "the tarantula keepers guide" as the first book to read.

KEEP IN MIND PET STORES DONT KNOW JACK ABOUT TARANTULAS!!
any advice they gave you should be disregarded until you do your own research.
 

Jacobchinarian

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I hope it's a girl.

The guy at the store seemed pretty smart but it was no petsmart. I have it in a ten gallon tank is that ok I have a 40 gallon if that's any better I heard it wasn't.
 

AgentD006las

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Your rectangle tank should fit 4-6 of the tarantula in it. So if your T is lets say 10" your tank should be at least 30" long and make sure it at the least has room to turn around in its tank easily. A goliath cant have too much room LOL

Pet store guys always "seem" smart. they are not. They can be gravely missinformed. A good clue is this. Did he tell you to put cotton balls or paper towels in the water dish? did he tell you you should feed it mice? did the pet store have the scientific name on the cage? did they even know the scientific name? "Theraphosa blondi"
 

Miss Bianca

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Congratulations and welcome to the addic- ...er... hobby! :} LOL
Welcome into the hobby.
Enjoy her!
(You've got alot of great reading material to get to with your chosen species!)
 

Tindalos

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my suggestion is buy the the tarantula keepers guide, cant find one, go on amazon or barnes and noble, if you go barne's just ask them and they will place an order for you.

i recommend you don't handle this tarantula- while these species have had exceptions of being tame the hair that they have will rub off.

what is scientific name of this T?
 

belljar77

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Jump right in, huh? Luckily, there are folks on the boards that have experience with blondis (if that's what it actually is, pet stores aren't very reliable), who can help you with the specific care requirements for this species. You'll need to do some research to keep it correctly. Good luck!
 

spiderworld

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Great! welcome to the hobby! it will grab you by the, you know what! and not let go! you at the right spot! people are suppa friendly here!
Just carefull for that ones hairs! it will make you itch like crazy!

Sweet! later
 

Jacobchinarian

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Now I no he's smart.

Your rectangle tank should fit 4-6 of the tarantula in it. So if your T is lets say 10" your tank should be at least 30" long and make sure it at the least has room to turn around in its tank easily. A goliath cant have too much room LOL

Pet store guys always "seem" smart. they are not. They can be gravely missinformed. A good clue is this. Did he tell you to put cotton balls or paper towels in the water dish? did he tell you you should feed it mice? did the pet store have the scientific name on the cage? did they even know the scientific name? "Theraphosa blondi"
A mater of fact they cabbage too much room he said that his was unhappy unti he got a smaller cage. Also he did all of the stuff he said right. No cotton it'll get in their lungs. It has the scientific name on the cage. Very knowledgeable man.
 

7mary3

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A mater of fact they cabbage too much room he said that his was unhappy unti he got a smaller cage. Also he did all of the stuff he said right. No cotton it'll get in their lungs. It has the scientific name on the cage. Very knowledgeable man.
So what does the scientific name say?

And um.... cotton in the lungs? You may be giving this pet store clerk more credit than what's due. Where did you get your T?
 

Fyreflye

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Welcome, Jacob! While it's generally recommended to start with something smaller and easier to care for, as long as you are cautious, mature and interested in learning to care for your T the best way possible, it's ok to just jump right in. :)

It would help greatly if you could post some pictures of your T in her home, so we can see what her setup looks like.
 

Ghostmooner

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I know I will be criticized for getting a Goliath as my first but I couldn't be more happy. She's great. Not full grown which is what I want and just fun to look at. She is in her hide all day and I noticed the last and first few days iv had her she would walk around the container like she was trying to get out but I know now she was just trying to feel the container. Not as aggressive as I portrayed them in my mind but still very aggresive. She just spent atleast an hour doing this weird thing were she would rub her front 4 legs and pedipalps across her fangs which are gigantic. Any information on the leg fang thing would be great but I think she was just cleaning. Thanks so much I thought it was so cool I just had to post it.
its fine, as long as you understand their behavior. and dont try to hold her like u would other Ts. these babies are strickly for looking at, not touching and feeling. thats' what their molts are good for, you can man handle their molts.

all Ts will sit there from time to time to clean off their feet, or look funny scratching their abdomen like they were scratching their butt, its so goofy lookin' LOL.

as for a Blondi, you really need to make sure its good and warm in there for her, with moist soil. myst it twice a week, but not too much, just enough to ensure high huminity. if its too moist, or hot, she'll wonder around trying to excape, if its too dry, you'll see her always drinking from the dish. and make sure she can't climb even 5 inches up onto anything, if she falls she'll bust open easily.
 

PhobeToPhile

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Given you got it from a petstore (if I am reading your post correctly), I really think it would be wise for you to post a picture of the spider and its setup.
 

Falk

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Just because the petstore clerk said it is a T. blondi you cant be sure it is. Many Threaphosa sp. "Burgyndy" are sold as a T. blondi.
 

Mark77

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Wow with the witch hunt on the pet store guy. OP, could you post his name and the petstore phone # so we can call and quiz him? Simmer. I agree, many are uninformed, but what do you expect for a job catering to 16 year olds - ie no requirements, low pay, etc.

Gratz on the new addition!
 

PhobeToPhile

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Given this IS a pet store, my worry is that it might not even be a Theraphosa species. In which case the care may be very different. Wouldn't be the first time that petstores have completely missed the mark when labeling their spiders...
 
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