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Tom's Big Spiders - Tarantulas and Inverts

Author: Tom Moran

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A podcast devoted to the proper care and upkeep of tarantulas and other inverts. After keeping a G. porteri for over 16 years, I decided that I wanted to add another tarantula to my collection. Several years later, I now keep over 100 specimens and 90+ different species. It’s safe to say that I am now completely addicted to the hobby.I’m NOT an expert, and I’m currently still learning about keeping these fascinating creatures. In fact, there are so many species, that I suspect that I’ll still be learning years from now. This blog is a bit of a journal to track my interest in the hobby and to share some of the information I’ve learned. A teacher by trade, I enjoy passing along what I’ve information and techniques I’ve discovered and helping others in their successful pursuit of this hobby. I enjoy hearing from folks, whether through comments on the blog or email.I have done and continue to do a lot of research, and I will only be discussing animals I personally keep, so the information I present should be current and accurate. I also regularly update older posts with current photos, observations, and information. However, this is an ever-evolving hobby, so I implore anyone interested in keeping these animals to use whatever they find here as a springboard for further research on techniques or species-specific care.
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What are some ways to organize and manage the expenses of a growing tarantula collection? How can you ensure that caring for your animals doesn't become a burden? In this episode, suggested by listener EarthsGeomancer, I discuss the following points.Labeling T enclosuresRecord keepingSchedulingBeing time efficient and making time for other hobbiesTracking and inventorying feeders, substrate, containers, and other suppliesAvoiding burnout due to the more repetitive requirements of the hobbyA huge thanks to EarthsGeomancer for the Suggestion!Note: The tarantula keeper collection aps. discussed in this podcast are ExotiKeeper and Arachnifiles. 
...or, my creative way of trying to answer a bunch of common questions in an entertaining year-in-review format!Seriously, while trying to figure out a fun way to answer some of the questions I get about my favorite, or largest, or shyest, or WHATEVER tarantulas, I came up with the idea of a fake award show! Hopefully, folks find this entertaining (and not too embarrassing), and it becomes an annual tradition. Awards to be given are:Tiny Diamond Award (Most Gorgeous Slings)The Queen Memorial Award for Pet Rock of the YearWebber of the Year (To the Spider with the Most Webbing)Pet Dirt Award for The Most Shy and Elusive SpiderThe “Better Put Me in Your Will” Award for Slowest Growing SpiderEnclosure of the Year AwardBiggest Surprise of the YearIn Memoriam - The Spiders We Lost This YearThe Pitbull Award for Most Aggressive SpiderThe “Hey, Wait…That’s Not a Tarantula” Award for Favorite Non-Spider CritterThe Tarantula Titan Award for Largest SpiderEight-Legged Jewel Award (Most Beautiful Spider)Spider of the YearFeel free to share your own!
First, I read and discuss some comments from listeners about last week's episode. Then, I give some updates on my Ephebopus species. 
To start the New Year, I got to thinking about what aspects of the hobby tend to give new tarantula keepers the most trouble. In this episode, I share five points that would make the hobby easier and less stressful for those just starting it. 
HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope that everyone had a safe holiday season. To begin this episode, I'll talk about the mysterious case of my dying E. murinus juvenile. Then, we'll discuss the care for Pseudhapalopus sp. blue. 
We've all been there. When people find out that we choose to keep tarantulas as pets, the questions inevitably start flying. Some of them are good questions. Others? Not so much. In this episode, we talk about the questions tarantula keepers are most commonly asked. 
One of the reasons tarantulas are such easy pets is because they are relatively clean animals. That said, there are times when a cleaning, either partial or in full, is warranted. In this episode, we'll discuss the when and how to clean our spiders' enclosures when needed. I also share some tips about how to clean up those delicate acrylics without scratching them all up. 
In this this episode, I share some observations on three species of Thrixopelma, a very underrated genus. 
Well, it was "recently" made public that another once popular tarantula dealer has disappeared after taking a WHOLE lot of money from unsuspecting customers.  While some folks seemed to be surprised by the fact that this individual was shady, they shouldn't have been. There was evidence 18 months ago that this dealer was trying to skirt the law by selling so-called "hybrid" Sri Lankan Poecilotheria species, and after I did a podcast about it, even more info came out. In this episode, talk about how these bad vendors manage to operate so long even after word starts to leak out that they may not be as reputable as they seem. We also discuss some tips to protect yourself when shopping online for tarantulas. Have you been impacted? Find more info about the Facebook group HERE.
Well, it's 34 degrees out and the heat has kicked on, so it's that time of year again! With temperatures dropping, tarantula keepers have a few new things to worry about when it comes to their animals. In this episode, we discuss 10 issues keepers might encounter during wintertime. 
In this episode, we discuss care for the genus Aphonopelma. 
In this episode, I share all of the info and tips I can think of when it comes to buying and raising tarantula slings.
So, last week's episode certainly made some waves! To kick this one off, I'll share some comments I received about tarantula sales laws in other countries. Then, we'll tackle some questions and comments on last week's episode, including one by a very angry breeder.  Sadly, it wasn't the only one that I received. In this episode, I use this negative feedback to clarify and to better articulate the message that I'm trying to get out there.Note: To clarify a point, when Brazil declared to USFWS that they had not allowed the legal exportation of any species of tarantulas from their country, by letter of law from the Lacey Act, this made any species endemic only to Brazil illegal to own in the US.  However, the USFWS has yet to enforce that part of the law and is being VERY reasonable in recognizing that many of these species have been bought and traded for years. However, if we continue to ignore the laws they ARE currently enforcing, that could all change. 
After the last podcast, I had several folks email me about the legalities of ordering Sri Lankan Poecilotheria species across state lines. In this episode, we will examine some of the other legal issues folks in the US need to be aware of so that they are not tricked into breaking the law by unscrupulous dealers. Then, we disuss feeding schedules and why it is never one-size-fits-all. 
In this episode, Erin Cashel and Emile Weber join me to talk about the Tarantula Sustainment Project, a new initiative to grow breeding in the US and to ensure all species remain available from state to state. Want to take part? Just click this link!
First, we talk about the new "Tarantula Capital of the World", La Junta, Colorado where citizens are embracing their local tarantula population in an amazing way.Then, it's International Poecilotheria Appreciation Day! Okay, I might have made that up... However, I've made it very well known how much I adore this genus, and it bothers me that so many folks have been completely turned off to ever keeping one due to their bad reputation. In this episode, I share some tips to make the first time pokie keeper's experience a bit less intimidating.Click here to read the article about La Junta! 
Tarantulas are some of the easiest and most low-maintainance pets a person can keep.  However, for those used to spending more time caring for more domestic animals, this aspect of the hobby can be the cause of some anxiety. In this episode, we discuss some situations that lead stressed out keepers to "over care" for their spiders. 
To kick this episode off, we will discuss some listener comments from last week's episode that reveal another potentially overlooked threat to our pets.Then, we talk about the pros and cons involved with keeping pet tarantulas as we try to explain why we are so captivated by this hobby. Want to comment on this episode? Click here to go to the new podcast website! 
First, we're going to start off this episode by talking about some comments on the All Male Review episode.Then, we all make mistakes. However, when an error leads to the death of one of our spiders, how do we get over it? Want to comment on this episode? Click here to go to the new podcast website! 
In this episode, we discuss mature males and whether or not it's okay to be picky about who you send your males to and whether it's okay to keep your mature males.Want to comment and upvote this podcast? Then join me at Onpodium. 
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Ben Neuls

Oh, this is a great topic

Jul 17th
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Robin Burks

You’re my favorite 😁

Jan 20th
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Nelson "Pepper" Austin

Hi Tom, I got into the hobby jus thg a few months the ago at the age of 53. Once I decided to get my first T, I began with exhaustive research. Your rop beginners list motivated me to start with my Tlictocatl Albopilosus and it was a decision that I do not regret one bit. recently I have added two slings to my collection recently. a Chromatopelma cuaneopubescence and a Lasiodora parahybana. All of these amazing creatures were on your top beginners list and I am grateful for your guidance in my decisions. Will I get an old world? Sure, when the time is right, but I have nothing to prove to anyone and so I sip this hobby rather than gulp it. Thank you for all that you do.

Jun 7th
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A.J. Nevgloski

The head-lopping chromatus has to be called Lizzy Borden 🤘

Apr 5th
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Megan Zheng

really interesting. I have a camera on my T albopilosum enclosure and I noticed a long time ago she would randomly jump sideways and then stress curl several times a day. one day I turned sound on the camera and she was reacting and getting upset by the vibrations of my big dogs when they'd suddenly bark (usually at mailman). I moved her into a quieter part of my house never saw it again . just figured I would share a case where something loud WAS stressing the T . poor girl ! lol

Jan 1st
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Brandt Gessel

love the podcast. I had isopods in my roach colony and I had an explosion of them and they ended up actually killing off my colony

Apr 30th
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Scott Stuart

happy Easter Tom!

Apr 22nd
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Josh Baides

them nats! aooooahhhhhh

May 18th
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Jeff Robbins

Love the podcast.

May 16th
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Matt Gween

Love this podcast. Great information for keepers of all skill levels.

Mar 7th
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