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AudreyElizabeth

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I am in the middle of writing an essay for my English class, and the topic of course is tarantula keeping.
I need to know approximately (or better yet, exactly) when the first tarantulas were imported specifically for the pet trade in the United States. I had always assumed that it was in the 1970's, but I can't really remember where I got this information, and I'd like to site it. Also, were the first imports Brachypelma smithi?


Any information would be greatly appreciated, and all authors will be given proper credit. I have tried various Google searches and I'm not really coming up with the information that I am looking for.

Thanks!
Audrey

I've found some archived newspaper articles from 1976, but nothing prior.

http://www.google.com/search?q=pet+...AfLjMH_Dw&ved=0CC8QzQEwAg&fp=bb9db307bdc53c16
 
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