Poll – Was Your First Tarantula a “Beginner Species”?

A poll from Tom’s Big Spider Blog about which type of species you started with.

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This is going to be a short and sweet blog post. Although I’m working on an article that the results of this poll would be really useful for, this question comes more from curiosity.

How many of you in the hobby began with a “beginner species?”

For the sake of argument, let consider the following a “beginner species.”

All Aphonopelma, Brachypelma, and Grammostola species, C. cyaneopubescens (GBB), Avicularia avicularia or metallica, Lasiodora parahybana (LP), E. capestratus, and Euathlus species.

And, for the more “advanced” species, let’s go with:

All “baboon” species, Pamphobeteus species, Phormictopus species, Nhandu species, Acanthoscurria species, Hapalopus species, Tapinauchenius species, Psalmopoeus species, and Poecilotheria species, and any other “Old World” tarantula not listed above.

If you’re not sure where yours falls, please take a moment to put it in the comment section.

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The Importance of Respect and Open-mindedness In the Tarantula Hobby

Excellent thoughts on the hobby and the ability to be polite and open minded.

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Or, Why we need to eliminate the “My Way or the Highway” Attitude in Tarantula Keeping

No matter the hobby or interest, there are always going to be debates and arguments between those with different views. Whether it be sports, music, movies, or cars, it seems that many folks believe that an integral part of becoming an “expert” in a particular area entails showcasing your vast knowledge in spirited kerfuffles with other enthusiasts. After all, what better way to show how much you know than to verbally beat down someone with less awareness on the subject?

The tarantula hobby, of course, is no exception. Anyone who spends time on a public forum or group dedicated to tarantulas will inevitably encounter some “grab the popcorn” level disagreements about various subjects. Topics like handling, water dishes, supplemental heating, and even basic husbandry can lead to many passionate, often nasty, disagreements between experts…

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The Best Tarantula Species For Beginners Revisited (Video Version)

A video update to Tom’s Big Spider “best beginners article. Well worth the read..and now the watch! 🙂

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“What is the best tarantulas species for a beginner?”

I’ve spent a lot of time answering this question over the years, and for those just dipping their toe into this amazing hobby, it’s an excellent and important question to ask. Several year ago, I wrote my article “The Best Tarantula Species for Beginners” in which I detailed the species I thought make excellent first tarantulas for someone just starting out. In this first version, I included only species I kept and cared for so that I could share my own experiences and anecdotes on them.  To be truthful, my opinions on some of the species (I’m looking at you A. chalcodes, A. avicularia, and B. vagans!) have changed over the years, so I’ve continued to periodically revise the original text to jigger the order and to add new species deserving of the title. With the post nearing 50,000…

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Tarantula Sling Husbandry – A Comprehensive Guide

Outstanding and in-depth. Great article on care of Tarantula slings.

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I can remember getting my first two slings, a L. parahybana and a C. cyaneopubescens, several years ago. Although I had kept adult tarantulas before, these tiny little gals just seemed so tiny and fragile. I had spent hours researching the care, and had even spoken to a couple of keepers about them. I thought I had the correct setups, and my temperatures seemed okay, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that something with my husbandry was amiss and that I would inevitably end up with two dead slings.

Even folks who have kept larger specimens for years tend to experience more than their fair share of anxiety when they keep their first slings. Part of the problem is that much of what you read about sling care can conflict with what you read about their adult counterparts. For example, good husbandry information will tell you that the Brachypelma smithi is…

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Tarantula Controversies – Should You Give Tarantulas Water Dishes?

The pros and cons of water dishes. Great article breaking down both sides of the argument in this hobby.

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Tarantula-controvesies-3Recently, I sat down to write an article about some of the divisive, hot-button topics that dog the tarantula hobby and often ensnare uninitiated keepers in heated debates. These are subjects that new hobbyists are often interested in learning about, but an internet search or an innocent forum query produces two equally heated and opposing answers. My hope with this feature is to present both sides of these gray-area arguments so that keepers can develop their own informed opinions and make equally informed decisions. For the third installment, I’ve decided to take on the topic of using water dishes with tarantulas.


Background

Just recently, a popular YouTube enthusiast posted a video about a “sick” Poecilotheria that he had found in a semi-death curl. After plucking the poor creature out and putting it into a tarantula ICU with plenty of water, the animal quickly perked up. Whew…his quick thinking saved the day and miraculously cured…

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10 Questions With Andy Weir

Nice lil’ Q&A with Andy Weir…the guy who wrote this book:

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The Leighgendarium

Welcome to the second edition of 10 Questions With…

This evening our guest is
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Andy Weir

I will be honest with you, I did not think I would get an answer when I sent Andy the email asking if he would participate.  I figured that his calendar was pretty full at the moment, and would be for a while.  But he responded and agreed.  I was so excited.

The Martian is one book that everyone should read.  The writing is great and the story lines grabs you from the beginning.  It is very easy to get lost in the story.  And let’s be honest, Mark Watney’s humor is great.

My Leighgendarium calendar has been filling up pretty fast with interviews, July is completely booked and August is almost booked.  September and October are going to fill up really fast and I knew that I did not want to wait that long to…

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The Earthquake That Will Devastate Seattle – The New Yorker

And by the geological clock…this bugger is way overdue. If any of you live, or are thinking about moving to the pacific northwest, this is an article you won’t want to skip. NOT to be “scared”, but rather “educated”.
It says “Seattle”, but, IMHO, it should say “The Pacific Northwest” because from up north all the way down into California, this is going to be a mess.
Another thing about this that isn’t really emphasized is the economic mess. Those aftershocks will, in all likelihood, be far worse than the short term mess, and those shocks will cross the country.
Hat tip to Kathryn Shulz (author) for making this interesting to read rather than the dry boring geo-speak babble that normally accompanies this stuff.
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The Earthquake That Will Devastate Seattle – The New Yorker.