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I've been checking out a number of tarantulas at the local pet store after our dog died last year. It looks like they are pretty low maintenance, but it seems like these things can live 25 years. I guess I need to feed them crickets once a week (not sure if I just buy those every week or have to have a separate cage for those noisy things to live in).

Any pros, cons, etc?

Pic from my last trip to the pet store.



This looks like a good "into" video:

3/10/19 9:34 PM
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Cons- it's a fucking spider

As someone who use to keep snakes getting a pet like that won't replace a dog.  That thing doesn't give a flying fuck about you,. All it knows is that you are too big to eat .

3/10/19 9:36 PM
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Also have you seen the fucking fangs those bastards have?  

3/10/19 9:38 PM
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Yeah, pretty scary fangs...but it was pretty docile and light when it was crawling on my arm.
3/10/19 9:43 PM
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Was at a Reptile Expo on Long Island today they had many tarantulas, some hugh. They may be easy to keep but not very interesting except for their scary looks. They sit and wait for prey 90% of the time.

3/10/19 9:47 PM
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Yeah, my friends parents had one and it was always in it's burrow.  Only came out to eat. 

3/10/19 10:06 PM
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No, but this is a GREAT ideal.  I love pets that don't require a whole lot of work.  And dogs suck, unless you need a friend.  And if you need a dog to have a friend, what does that say about you?!

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This enclosure (all the crap besides the tarantula itself is included) from JamiesTarantulas.com looks pretty cool for $109



Complete Terrestrial Adult Cage Includes:
-8x8x14 Acrylic tarantula cage
-Coco-fiber substrate
-Slab of cork bark
-Tree moss
-Silk plants
-3-4" rock water bowl
3/11/19 12:53 AM
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Cool pet bro.

 

The best action to take with a spider is to light it on fire and put it out with a sledge hammer. 

3/11/19 1:01 AM
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fuck that, get a pit bull.
3/11/19 2:15 AM
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I heard the old fashoned itching powder gag gift was made out of trantula hairs.  Have you ever got any on you?  Does it itch?

3/11/19 2:16 AM
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jman - This enclosure (all the crap besides the tarantula itself is included) from JamiesTarantulas.com looks pretty cool for $109



Complete Terrestrial Adult Cage Includes:
-8x8x14 Acrylic tarantula cage
-Coco-fiber substrate
-Slab of cork bark
-Tree moss
-Silk plants
-3-4" rock water bowl

I won't get one, but if I did, it would probably be that kit.  That looks fucking cool.

3/11/19 2:20 AM
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that thing is tiny. like a prison cell. it least get a big container it can explore
3/11/19 2:33 AM
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jammyrft -

Cool pet bro.

 

The best action to take with a spider is to light it on fire and put it out with a sledge hammer. 

I’m going to have to agree with this fine fella

3/11/19 2:51 AM
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Spiders and reptiles are fucking stupid "pets", for people who try too hard to be "edgy", you're not. "I have a tarantula in a box in the other room, hur hur hurrr". lame as fuck. 

3/11/19 3:05 AM
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I have a tarantula.  super easy going.  graceful animals.  I like all types of animals, have a boa as well.  

 

it has nothing to do with being "edgy". of course you arent looking to get companionship out of them like you would a dog.  for me, I think animals are fascinating.  I like watching them grow, their behavior, etc.  Also, having kids it's a great way to teach them to respect wildlife and not have irrational phobias.  

3/11/19 3:19 AM
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sewich -

Cons- it's a fucking spider

As someone who use to keep snakes getting a pet like that won't replace a dog.  That thing doesn't give a flying fuck about you,. All it knows is that you are too big to eat .

Dog owner and current snake owner i agree. Reptiles will only satisfy the interest of keeping them. Theres no connection. That said get it if you want it. Just try not to take it lightly that it's a long commitment.

3/11/19 4:34 AM
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Never had any tarantulas as pets, but I had scorpions with machetes attached to their tails which were just as appealing.
3/11/19 10:38 AM
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I No Kung Foo - 

I heard the old fashoned itching powder gag gift was made out of trantula hairs.  Have you ever got any on you?  Does it itch?


I think they only do that when threatened, so it seemed chill when it was crawling on my arm and I didn't have any problems with my skin feeling itchy.
3/11/19 10:57 AM
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PoiuPoiu - that thing is tiny. like a prison cell. it least get a big container it can explore

Yeah I was thinking of making some giant tank for it, but apparently they prefer smaller tighter environments. That's the biggest cage they sell, but I can see making something a little bit bigger adding some extra crap in there to make it look cooler.
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Went back to the pet store and looked for the Brazilian Blue Tarantula and they didn't have any adults. They did have 2 baby ones. The baby ones are called slings because until they get bigger, you can't tell if they are male or female.

They had 2 tiny ones that were around 0.5" in size and were $69.


I could maybe get a tiny enclosure for it like this from Jamie's Trarantulas:


When they get older and bigger after each molting, they look like this:



Still on the fence, but they seem pretty cool, and the guy said I could donate them back to the pet store if I didn't want it anymore.
3/16/19 6:17 PM
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I had a Mexican red knee tarantula for a long time. Kinda neat but really  doesn't  do much. Careful with the crickets one got out and drove me nuts trying to find it. 

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I bit the bullet and bought the baby Brazilian Blue Tarantula (Pterinopelma Sazimai)

3/24/19 6:05 PM
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jman -


I bit the bullet and bought the baby Brazilian Blue Tarantula (Ptetrinopelma Sazamai)

How long till it's full grown 

3/24/19 6:08 PM
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The guy at the pet store said it would molt every month or so, each time getting a bit bigger. Right now it is almost 1" long (diagonal) but can get as large as 6". I read it can live up to 12 years if female and 2 years if male.

No idea how long it will take to get 6" but each molt, it should get more and more blue.