Many of us get into the hobby with aspirations of breeding, and it can be an incredibly rewarding aspect of this pastime. However, breeding is can be a huge investment to time and, in some cases, money. For those looking to breed in the future, here are some things to think about. Also, can Old Wor
Going on two years ago, I started an M. balfouri communal setup with the intention of documenting it from sling to adulthood. For over a year, I posted monthly video updates on YouTube, and I was able to catch some truly amazing things. Now, my little ones are all grown up, and many folks have been
After recently putting together a retrospective video about my M. balfouri communal, and having just set up communals for two other species, I thought it would be a good time to discuss them. Although they are fascinating for many keepers, there are some things to think about before starting oneNOT
A couple of years ago, I sat down to make a list of what I thought were the top beginner species. Part fun, put informational, the article was meant to help those getting into tarantulas choose an appropriate pet to enter the hobby with. A few years later, I created a video version in which I revise
It happens to many of us. What starts off as a modest collection of a few arachnids soon explodes into dozens of spiders. For those who find themselves keeping an ever expanding collection, here are some things to think about to make sure that you don't become overwhelmed (and a hoarder!).
In this episode, I share my thoughts on keeping fossorial tarantulas on shallow substrate in order to make them more visible. I also explain my issue with trolls, and why I just can't seem to ignore them. Finally, I give an update on my three communal setups.
When I first got into the hobby, the list of species that most keepers would deem "moisture dependent" was probably quite a bit longer than it would be today. As people have kept more and more species and experimented with some of the care, we've discovered that these creatures are much more adaptab
This weekend, Billie and I rehoused the 10 P. metallica in my communal setup. What better way to calm down than to record a podcast minutes later! Also, some mysterious scorpion deaths...CLICK HERE to watch the video!
Okay, to kick this one off, we will actually be continuing our discussion from last week by discussing what a keeper can do when threat postures scare him.Then, there's a brief update on my A. avicularia ("Metallica"), who hasn't been doing very well.And, finally, I've had a few advanced keepers ask
On a recent video I posted on the Harpactira pulchripes, a few folks commented that they didn't agree with my statement that they would NOT make good beginner species. Now, this is obviously just a difference of opinion, and I definitely appreciated and understood their perspectives on it. Due to it
In this one, we discuss how important it is to keep your collection from swelling to stressful and unmanageable levels. Second, we discuss how to convince a mate to let you get Old World tarantulas. Thanks to Dan Pompili for the suggestion!
To kick this one off, I talk about Harpactira pulchripes. Then, I share some of my experiences with springtails and isopods. (NOTE: It's CLEANER insects, not FEEDER insects! Sorry for the confusion!)
After recently having two keepers tell me that they would NEVER get any old world tarantulas because they are "too dangerous", it got me thinking. Have we, as a hobby, gone too far in trying to caution folks against the faster, more venomous species? Are they really that dangerous to keep? Also, som
We kick this one off with a listener question, then we dive into our main topic...moisture dependent species!
I've been getting a lot of questions about tarantula communes lately, so I figured that it would be a good time to share some thoughts and reflections on them. In this podcast, we'll talk about some points to consider before you start a tarantula communal and also discuss why many in the hobby are a