hi, have had one old world and four new but i kinda like new due to the fact you can risk putting your hand in the cage and keep all your fingers plus both my b.vagans and b.emilia are little characters and complete gluttons. finally have names for three of my four remaining Ts rosie , rusty and emily , not innovative but saves on racking my brain now just gotta think of one for my a.geniculata hmmmmm genie????
I have a mix of both. As mentioned on the other poll, I like them all for different reasons. I like the more docile, easy to work with species, as well as the psychos. I don't think I'd have a collection with just one or the other, but if I had to chose, I'd probably go with old world... they just make my heart beat faster.
As mentioned before by others, I like them all and keep them all, but New World would be my favorites (although I do tend to like the African spp.). I mostly prefer NW because, for the most part, they are bulkier, thicker, more colorful, have longer hair and also can claim the three biggest known Ts (T. blondi, T. apophysis and L. parahybana) as well as sporting plenty of other big guns like Acanthoscurria spp., some Pamphobeteus spp., and the Chaco golden-knee.
NW all the way. I don't have a single OW species and figure it will probably stay that way. In addition to the temperament issues (better discussed in the good/bad thread), I just like the general appearance of NW species more. Give me my nice, mostly docile, heavy bodied, hanging out in the open Ts any day over a bunch of anti-social gotta go bury themselves or hide in the bark and attack me at a moments notice OWs
You just can't argue with stuff like this (my recently moulted A. bicoloratum):
The "Oldies" have a coolness over them,, but I got kinda reluctant to them when I saw my friends H.Lividum literally knocked the screwdriver out of my friends hand after it attacked it.
He used the screwdriver to get to a dead cricket on top of surface in tank because he knew about the attacks and he didn't have a large forcep enough, to move it closer to him and up from the burrow, like a bolt, came Mr. Lividum and went for the screwdriver. They are very good looking though.
Also when it comes to be out and like a T too see, I think I like the N world better and above all; their colors, wow.
I prefer the new world species simply for docility. Although urticating hairs can be a pain in the ass sometimes. It is better than a fang in the hand though like others have already said. I only have one Old World Spider in my collection and it is a Usumbura Orange Baboon and she is mean. The only other Old World species I am really interested in purchasing is an Indian Ornamental.
this is Selenocosmia himalayana from Nepal. Sorry, this tarantula wasn't available on the Petrade untill now. I've got some specimens within the last Years from different biologists and compared them with the Typespecimen of Sel. himalayana which is deposited in BMNH!
Below you can see a picture of the natural habitat. They lives in horizontal burrows under the mossy rocks which are lying on the ground!