Old World Tarantulas

Clint.atrox

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Hi, my name is Clint. I work at the Gladys Porter Zoo Reptile Department. I am redesigning our Invert displays. I am looking for ideas of an old world species of Tarantula that will display nicely. It will be housed in a 5 gallon terrarium, so nothing too big. Also I am on a budget with this project, so nothing too expensive :D

Thanks,
Clint
 

Clint.atrox

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It has to be old world because, there is going to be an old world invert section and a new world section. I already have the new world species. We already have a Poecilotheria sp. being displayed at our Butterflies, Bugs, & Blooms area. So I don't want to double up on displays.
 

Salamanderhead

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You can't go wrong with a P.murinus then. They're bright orange, lots of attitude, heavy webbers.

Edit: inexpensive as well.
 

BlackVenom

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Pterinochilus Murinus

I suggest a Pterinochilus murinus (red color form).
Pros: Old world - inexpensive - 4-6 inches - beautiful colors
Cons: Borrower = not a good display tarantula

Might not be the best option but it's all I can think of.
 

Clint.atrox

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Thanks for the imput guys. I used to have a few P.murinus. They are a great species. That is definitly a fine choice, but I want to have multiple options. My boss might not like that they are so aggressive and I believe their venom is considered MS, but I could be wrong.
 

arachnidsrulz12

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I have pokies and baboon.

Poecilotheria...........
H. mac
S. calceatum
C. darlingi
P. murinus
and more

S. calceatum are my favorite
 
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xhexdx

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Poecilotheria are more medically significant than Pterinochilus.

I suggest Lampropelma violaceopes.

I have pokies and baboon.

Poecilotheria...........
P. cambridigi
P. irminia
H. mac
S. calceatum
P. formasa
C. darlingi
and more

S. calceatum are my favorite
Psalmopoeus aren't old world.
 

BlackVenom

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Phlogius crassipes

Second sugestion would be a Phlogius crassipes. And yes it's known to have strong venom but that what you get with a OW.
 

Salamanderhead

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P.murinus aren't always burrowers. Mine lived underground for a year and now it's always above the surface webbing like crazy. I guess that's where their well known personality comes into play.
 

Clint.atrox

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Lampropelma violaceopes is a great choice I forgot about them. The only problem I see is that they are kinda expensive. I need at least a sub adult. Anyone know where I find one for cheap. I am on a very thin budget and I still need to fill up 6 more cages.
 

Clint.atrox

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I really don't have a problem with a MS species. I work with Mambas and Cobras everyday, but I would not be taking care of the Inverts. A less experience guy would be. Which has me worried. : )
 

Clint.atrox

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The only experience the individual has with OW T's is he has worked with Poecilotheria regalis. He did just fine with that.
 

Royal_T's

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Go with Petinochilus murinus... they are gorgeous and cheap :razz: . If he did good with a Poecilotheria regalis then he should be fine.
 
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