Tom's Big Spiders - Tarantulas and Inverts

Tom's Big Spiders - Tarantulas and Inverts

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.

Episodes

July 25, 2021 51 min

To kick it off, we'll talk a bit about misinformation surrounding feeder insects. Then, we answer a listener's question about if it's a bad thing to have no fear of OW tarantulas. 

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After Googling some tarantula topics the other day, it dawned on my why what I believe is a very simple hobby appears to be so darned complicate at times.?

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To kick this one off, I talk a bit about the passing of my adult H. chilensis. Then, it's off to the main topic in which we discuss some of the measurements of my "giant" tarantula species and how they compare to supposed max size numbers. 

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Well, Phormictopus species seem to be the new "it" tarantulas, which should be awesome. However, in this episode, I discuss my mixed feelings about their newfound popularity.

Also, in this episode I share the story of my P. formosa's terrible molt. 

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And the FINAL part of this marathon discussion!  

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In the second part of this feature, I discuss the spiders in my collection G-0 (yes, there will be a part 3!).

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With the collection tour video now live, the only real criticism that I've received on it is that people missed my commentary. Unfortunately, I didn't feel like I could do any of the spiders justice in the short time I had for each clip, so I went with soothing ambient music instead. However, I thought that it would be fun to supply my "director's commentary" in the form of a podcast! This is the first part feat...

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June 6, 2021 48 min

First, I talk a bit about the full collection video I'm putting together. Then, it's on to the main topic in which we discuss the controversy around beginner lists or people jumping in with old worlds. 

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May 31, 2021 48 min

In this episode, we'll revisit the topic of substrate and review some of the popular choices as well as discuss some additives and mixtures. 

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After attempting to make a video featuring my top 5 favorite old world tarantulas back in 2017, I figured that it would be fun to revisit the topic again now that I've added more to my collection. As always, this is just a list of some of MY favorites, and not a list of ones I think are the "best." Enjoy! 

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May 16, 2021 55 min

What do you do when you suddenly feel like you're second-guessing your ability to care for your animals?

In this episode, we discuss some scenarios that lead to folks losing their confidence in their ability to care for their tarantulas as well as some ways to avoid these situations. 

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May 9, 2021 38 min

Well, after years of admiring them, I finally picked up a couple Linothele species from Eresus Spider Shop. My first impressions? I'm enamored with them. In this episode, I talk about how I set them up and my early observations.

Eresus Spider Shop:

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In this episode, we talk about the care for a  hobby staple...the "Singapore Blue".

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April 25, 2021 53 min

In this episode, we look at some of the hobby activities that come with risks and talk about how people decide which ones are worth the potential "reward."?

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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...

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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 n...

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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. 

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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.  

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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? 

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March 14, 2021 29 min

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. 

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