So, I had covered this topic in a blog article years ago, but I really thought that it would be fun to revisit it. For those just getting into the hobby, maybe talking about these trouble spots can help you to avoid some grief. As for the veterans, I think many of us forget how confusing aspects of
Many folks new to the hobby seek out "best beginner species" lists and the like in order to help them select a good "starter" tarantula. These are species commonly believed to have the easy care and laid back temperaments that make them good first tarantulas for new hobbyists. However, there are som
After receiving several emails from folks looking to drop slings in adult enclosures, I decided to chime in on the debate. What follows is a discussion of some points to consider when choosing what size enclosure to use for your tarantula.
A lot of hobbyists reference "power feeding" their tarantulas. But what exactly is "power feeding"...and does the term even apply to these arachnids? A discussion of the pros an cons of a more aggressive feeding schedule for Ts.
I've spoken to several people over the years who have just bought their first tarantula yet know literally NOTHING about them or how to correctly keep them. It got me thinking: what do folks need to know when starting the hobby? What do I wish I had known before acquiring my first tarantula? In this
In this episode, we talk about tarantula ICUs and their effectiveness in treating ailing spiders; what size slings beginners should start with; and some legalities surrounding the shipping of spiders. As usual, those who would like to comment on this podcast are encouraged to check out my Tom's Big
This topic seems all the rage lately, and after a recent email discussion with a new hobbyist, I thought that I'd weigh in on the "debate." In this episode, I try to address the purpose of "common names" as well as the importance of serious hobbyists learning the often complicated scientific names.
Although there is obviously a learning curve for this hobby (there is for any hobby), I DO believe that folks oftentimes try to make tarantula keeping sound more difficult than it actually is. In this episode, we discuss how we tend to overcomplicate the husbandry of these very adaptive animals, and
I normally steer clear of this debate as I can honestly see points on both sides. Personally, I don't make a point of handling and don't promote it in my videos or articles. However, after a few recent questions and rude comments about my stance on handling, I decided that it would make for a good d
For this episode, we address some ways a tarantula keeper can get her or his spiders ready for the winter. These are just some tips and practices that I've picked up over the years. If you have more, please feel free to comment on my Facebook page. I would love to get a dialog going.TOM'S BIG SPIDER
The title says it all! Back in February, I covered some of the topics and facts I wish I had known before getting into the hobby. Well, here are some more! For the beginners, I hope you find this informative. For the those who have been in the hobby for a while, perhaps it'll be fun to think back on
Leading off this episode, we'll discuss whether or not it's okay to put a tarantula spiderling in an adult enclosure. Next, we'll cover the confusion around Avicularia juruensis and it's two morphs. Finally, we'll tackle some questions listeners posted on Facebook.Want to comment on this podcast? Pl
Continuing with the listener requests, this episode is a discussion of the pros and cons of glass, acrylic, and plastic bin tarantula enclosures. Glass Enclosure Build by White Rose Tarantulas
Continuing with the Facebook Q & A, we'll talk about how to select the right cage size for your tarantula. Also, there is a new digital magazine for tarantula enthusiasts available now. Those interested can find a copy of The Spinnerette magazine here.
It's that time again! It seems like every few months, the the age old debate over whether or not tarantulas "need" water dishes heats up. Long a proponent of giving Ts water dishes, I discuss my take on it. Also, some updates on my bioactive enclosures as well as a close call.
Around 23 years ago, I got my first tarantula in part to help me to get over a life-long fear of spiders. Although it took many years (and eventually, MANY more tarantulas), I finally kicked my irrational fear of these animals. Since then, I've spoken to many keepers who were drawn to the hobby for
So, after coming up with this idea while working on a book about tarantula care, I decided that it would make a good article/video/podcast. However, I'm sure that I'm missing some important terms (like substrate!). What am I missing?
To kick this one off, we discuss how sensationalized, hyperbolic videos that portray tarantulas as scary or dangerous are detrimental to our hobby. Next, we discuss the potential issues that beginners face when they find themselves picking up dozens of spiders in a very short period of time.When you
In this episode, we cover some popular mistakes and mishaps that many keepers seem to think are myths. I've been putting this list together from quite some time, and it's time to discuss these "risk vs. reward" situations. The next time someone asks, "But does that really happen?", the answer is oft
Okay, to kick this one of, I'll talk about the enclosure design I'm using for six adorable little A. avicularia m6 slings I got from my buddy, Andrew, Then, I'm back to mixing substrate again, and I share my latest recipe. Finally, it's off to cover some of the more common missteps new hobbyist make
We've all been there...You've done the research for months, you've carefully selected your first tarantula, and you finally have it set up and on your shelf. It should be time to kick back and enjoy your new pet.But then the worrying begins...In this episode, we talk about beginner anxiety.
Every once in a while, I get an email from a listener that really makes me think about how I phrase things (or makes me reconsider theories that I hold to be true). In this episode, I respond to some recent correspondence involving the topics of tarantula durability as well as "power feeding" and it
After getting three questions about this in one week, I figured that it would make for a good podcast topic. How do you know when your tarantula has settled in? What are some signs that it's not comfortable? How do you know when it's finally comfortable? In this episode, we discuss some things to co
To kick this episode off, we discuss the need to be realistic and open minded when discussing tarantula temperament. Also, a reminder to always put your spider first when selecting enclosures.