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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.
168 Episodes
UGH. Hot on the heels of the last podcast about being an informed hobbyist and hobby responsibility, I got sucked into this little discussion. Since recording this, I've been approached by two other keepers asking if I saw it and by one asking me if it was now legal for the Sri Lankan species to be sold across state lines.  It sounds like someone has thought of a "clever" way to get around this ban...For folks who want more background to this story, please check out the following articles:TARANTULA HYBRIDIZATION IN THE HOBBYTHE USFW RULING ON SRI LANKAN POECILOTHERIA SPECIES
In this episode, Luis Roque (creator of the Arácnido Facebook group) and I discuss a myriad of topics  that center around the theme of being a more informed hobbyist.  Luis has not only been a friend of mine for years, but he has been an invaluable resource for me when it comes to taxonomical changes and getting a hold of new spider-related papers. Covered in this podcast are such topics as the importance of scientific names, why name "changes" are a good thing, and why the hobby bears some responsibility for dwindling tarantula populations in the wild. A HUGE thank you to Luis for joining me on this discussion! 
Who needs Godzilla vs. Kong when we have another age-old battle to settle? Seriously, though, I get a lot of folks who argue that one group of tarantulas is better than the other, so I thought that it would be fun to break down the arguments. 
Is it okay to put your collection in a high traffic room? In this episode, we talk about whether a busy room is okay for tarantulas. Also, is it okay to reuse substrate? Finally, I vent a bit about social media toxicity in the hobby.  
So, last episode we covered how to plan should you ever find yourself in a situation where you can't care for your tarantulas. In this episode, we talk about a different type of emergency...a power outage in the winter.Also, we're always told never to dig a spider up. However, are there instances where a spider buries itself and doesn't come up to eat? 
Have you ever considered who would take care of your prized pets should you be unable to? In this episode, we brainstorm some ways to prepare for such an emergency. 
I just rehoused my adult female P. murinus or OBT (Orange Baboon Tarantula), and I figured that it would be a great time to update folks on my spider and to discuss this oft maligned species. 
First, I talk about some awesome European tarantula enclosures that I just received from ARACHNOsys. Then, I just received some custom vented replacement tops for Exo Terra Nano tanks that are a cool alternative to ripping out the screens. Finally, I discuss why I don't measure humidity in my tarantula enclosures (and why I think that doing so can be dangerous for those new to the hobby). 
I've had many people request this one over the years, so I've finally decided to give it a shot! Here are some tips for folks looking to have smoother tarantula transfers. 
We've all experienced it: You're on social media, and you see pics from a keeper who is not practicing correct husbandry with his spiders. Maybe it's the old sponge in the water dish or an arboreal species in a terrestrial enclosure. Or, it might be a moisture dependent species kept too dry or a death trap enclosure filled with sharp decorations. Whatever the case, you want to offer advice, but you don't want to come across as a know-it-all. In this episode, we'll discuss some tips for offering unsolicited tarantula advice in a way that doesn't offend. 
Although she's always offscreen, Billie plays a crucial role in all of my Tom's Big Spiders endeavors. In this episode, Billie answers some questions from listeners and viewers. 
Well, after 25 years in my care, The Queen has finally died. I spend a little time talking about the spider that started it all. Also, I discuss Pamphobeteus care. 
First, I talk about some very recent deaths in the collection, Then, it's on to discuss E. campestratus (Pink Zebra Beauty) care. 
In this episode, I address the care for my Nhandu tripepii, chromatus, and coloratovillosus.  Also, I talk a bit about why you shouldn't expect to get a sexed female when ordering an unsexed sling. 
I've avoided this topic for some time, but figured that it was time to give it a shot. Here are the 12 fastest-growing tarantula species that I've kept so far. 
Happy New Year to everyone! As the weather is once again chilly, it's that time of year to discuss some winter considerations for those of us keeping tarantulas. 
In this episode, I discuss why I don't believe that a tarantula bite is inevitable, and why this line of thinking can actually be negative. 
In this episode, I talk a bit about some of the mistakes I've made in my tarantula keeping journey. 
Okay, to kick this one off,  I talk a bit about the move and an exciting Kickstarter campaign. At the 14 minute mark, I talk about some of the more uncommon tarantulas in my collection.Support Andrew Smith's Kickstarter here!
This episode features everyone's favorite blue-footed baboon, I. mira! 
Comments (8)

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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