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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. 
First off, we go back to last week's podcast about the slowest growing species and find out which species listeners named as thier slowest.Then, we talk about enclosure sizes for various stages of tarantulas.Want to comment and upvote this podcast? Then join me at Onpodium. 
In this episode, I talk about the species that I've raised that seemed to take forever to grow up.
We've all been there; we've done the reasearch, set up our tarantula the supposed "correct way", and now it's doing something that we've never seen before. Is it injured? Is it stressed? Is it dead? Are you doing something wrong? In this episode, we take a look at some common tarantula behaviors that tend to stress out keepers and discuss if there are times where we should be concerned with these behaviors. 
Dehydration, mites, DKS, nematodes, impaction, bad molts: these are the words and phrases that keep tarantula hobbyists up at night. In this episode, we'll discuss these maladies, how common they really are, and what to do if you should encounter them.  
To kick this one off, we'll talk a bit about my thoughts on when sellers send advanced species to unprepared  beginners. Then, I have to vent a bit about my recent discovery of "free range" tarantula keeping. Finally, I review the Barbarous Growth critter tank. 
Well, the title pretty much spells it out! In this episode, we'll be discussing why it's likely better to use multiple hides, why we sometimes skimp on cross ventilation, and Critter Keepers as tarantula enclosures. 
First off, I talk about a couple recent deaths in my collection. Then, it's onto the Tarantula Hobby Sustainment Project. Finally, when is it okay for newer keepers to start doling out advice to others? 
I've been asked many times over the years if there are certain species of tarantulas that are more difficult to raise up to adulthood than others. Although there were certainly a few species that I get contacted about quite a bit, I wanted to hear from other keepers as well. So, I reached out and asked which spiders folks struggled with. In this episode, we discuss which species keepers had difficulty raising up and try to figure out why.
Oftentimes, I find myself in need of a certain type of enclosure for a rehousing in relative hurry, and I resort to hopping on Amazon to see what I can find. As a result, I've tried out a bunch of enclosure possibilities, both inexpensive and more pricey, over the years that work pretty well for our eight-legged friends. In this episode, I review some of the ones that I've tried. 
Unfortunately, I'm fighting off the 'rona right now, so this episode will be a bit shorter. This time around, I talk a bit about my recent video on hobby staple tarantulas. Then, I answer questions about tarantulas and bright lights, which species of spiders I would never keep, and how often to clean away webbing. 
First, I talk a bit about the Ephebopus slings that I recently acquired. Then...sure, spiders can bite, have venom, and can put a hurting on anyone foolish enough to trifle with them. However, there are some spiders available in the trade that have been the victim of over exaggeration and hyperbole to the point where many will refuse to keep them. In this episode, we take a look at 5 spiders that receive this dubious distinction. 
First, we take some listener comments from last episode. Then we discuss why it's always important to consider your living situation before you start a tarantula collection. 
The "Death" Episode

The "Death" Episode


First, we discuss how to tell when a spider is truly dead, and I share a story about my Psalmopoeus Langenbucheri sling.Then, if you're older and in the hobby, should you continue to buy long-lived species? Should you pass away, what will become of your collection? In this second part of the podcast, we talk about how you should prepare in the event that you leave your tarantula collection behind. 
This one has been a long time coming. There is a lot out there about the physiological and behavioral difference between these two classifications of tarantulas. However, much of it takes a very superficial and exaggerated stance when it comes to the comparisons. In this episode, I break down the differences between these two types of spiders and explain how these differences can impact the hobbyist keeping them. 
Hot off of "What Makes an Expert Species", this topic covers what skills, traits, or "tools" the "expert" keeper should possess. Thanks to ProfessorChani for the topic suggestion! 
After having a discussion with a fellow keeper about arachnophobia, I got to thinking about how spiders are presented in media and how much some of those depictions strengthened my own fear of these animals. In this episode, I talk a bit about spiders in media. 
Comments (11)

Ben Neuls

Oh, this is a great topic

Jul 17th

Robin Burks

You’re my favorite 😁

Jan 20th

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

A.J. Nevgloski

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

Apr 5th

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

Scott Stuart

happy Easter Tom!

Apr 22nd

Josh Baides

them nats! aooooahhhhhh

May 18th

Jeff Robbins

Love the podcast.

May 16th

Matt Gween

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

Mar 7th
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