Advertisement Okay, so I hope this topic isn't too off, and that I posted it in the right forum as this isn't scientific, and hopefully allowed. I'm 16 (thought I had to be 18 to be on this forum,) and obviously still living at home with my parents. In the past I've lamented about my curiosity and infatuation with tarantulas, in fact one time I researched all about Ts' for a whole summer (yeah whatever call me geeky.) I even considered making it a future career somehow, or at the very least a hobby. This is where the problem kicks in, coincidentally my mom nor dad understands my fascination. My mom is simply fearful, and my dad is indifferent but probably confused. I've tried informing them. Telling them that I would always keep the enclosure secure, never leave my door open, and always be mindful of the creature. She wouldn't budge on account of her phobia. I even resorted to the pros "they're quiet" "don't smell" etc. Still nothing. Then one christmas I asked for a book about them, but even that didn't happen. I fear I will have to wait 2 more years till I move out to get my first T, and believe me I've thought about the decision. I understand why my parents don't want a tarantula in their house, but that doesn't stop me from wanting to try and talk them into letting me own one. I don't want my family to be afraid of setting foot in my room though. Anyone else have a similar problem like this? Person deathly afraid of Tarantula(s)? Sorry if this was a stupid post. I'm just gonna continue lurking this forum until my first T (sadly probably not till I turn 18) Sidenote: The T in my pic (P. ornata)<<<< is one I find particularly fascinating, most certainly not my own, nor would I ever have it be my first.