Just a quick review of an already respected Tarantula vendor who does retail and wholesale work.
Paul Becker has been in the 8-legged cat game for a long time, and with good reason.
I’m not going to go into screaming detail, as these things have been done many times via social media, (A good overview here from Tom’s Big Spider Blog) but as I am 100% pleased with the selection, service and health of the specimens I just received, here’s the post!
Packaging = perfect.
Health of the tarantulas = perfect. All of them were active and good looking right out of the vials.
I purchased four arboreals this go-round:
1 Poecilotheria tigrinawesseli
This one was not only raring to go, but it was the only one that made it into the bathtub after being opened. Easily catch-cupped though. A beautiful specimen, and it headed into the enclosure with zero issues from the cup.
1 Poecilotheria regalis
The largest of the group, this specimen is about 2″ or just a hair over that. Calm right out of the vial, I just draped the last of the batting onto the enclosure lid, it walked in and started exploring.
1 Poecilotheria miranda
One of the specimens I’ve been wanting for quite awhile, but unavailable for some time online or locally, I can’t be happier. Easy housing, but went it in so fast I could only get after shots when the derp started exploring. (“Pokeys”, as they are affectionately called, are actually anything but. They are speed demons when they want to be…and this of course helps in the wild as they HAVE to be quick to get a meal. 🙂 )
1 Lampropelma sp. Borneo Black
This is considered one of the biggest arboreal tarantulas in the world with an adult span of 9+ inches. This was also the simplest housing of the arboreals. I unrolled the end of the batting in the enclosure (pic 1) and it walked out before I was finished, found the cork bark and started setting up shop. Male or female, this is one a pretty T, but I’m crossing my fingers that it is female. They are stunning.
AND FINALLY…drumroll…one freebie with the order in which I selected my second
Grammostola pulchripes (Pool krep-eeeeez -shouting out an in-joke to Tom Moran.) heh heh.
These are my favorite terrestrial tarantulas when in the sling state as they are the architects/bulldozers of the T-world. Fun to watch, but definitely a Grammostola species as they are slow growers. When they get big, (and boy-oh-boy they do get big eventually) they become strikingly beautiful, calm “petantulas”. One of the better species to handle overall.
And there you have it. If you are in the hobby, just starting out or a veteran, you cannot go wrong with this vendor’s pricing, support and shipping.
Thank you Paul!
I can’t recommend PetcenterUSA enough.
Oh, and yep, the regalis broke the water dish. New record for my tarantulas, that only took about 5 minutes. 😀