I have been keeping tarantulas for seven years now, currently my collection is at an all time low of 10 spiders. At one time I had 25, all of different species. Tarantulas make great pets as long as you have the right attitude. They are not active, or interactive. Tarantulas are best viewed like tropical fish, interesting to watch but not to touch.

Most people have an adverse reaction when they hear you keep tarantulas. Some common misconceptions are that all tarantulas are mean and go out of their way to attack you, and that their venom is deadly. In reality most tarantulas (except for a few select species) will do anything to avoid people and only bite as a last resort. The majority of tarantulas have venom similar to a bee sting, causing minor swelling and discomfort. The major danger from a tarantula bite is an allergic or anaphalactic reaction to the venom, which can occur.

Species Kept

Common name Scientific Name
Giant White Knee Acanthoscurria geniculata
Arizona Blond Aphonopelma chalcodes
Texas Tan Aphonopelma texensis
Peruvian Pinktoe Avicularia urticans
Curly Hair Brachypelma albopilosum
Mexican Blood Leg Brachypelma boehmei
Mexican Red Knee Brachypelma smithi
Greenbottle Blue Chromatopelma cyanopubescans
Pampas Tawney Red Grammostola pulchripes
Chilean Rose Grammostola rosea
Ornamental Baboon Heteroscroda maculata
Cameroon Rusty Baboon Hysterocrates gigas
Goliath Stripe Leg Lasiodorides striatus
Bolivian Steely Blue Pamphobetus antinous
Indian Ornamental Poecilotheria regalis
Goliath Bird Eater Theraphosa blondi


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