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    I have fed crickets from PetSmart to my...

    I have fed crickets from PetSmart to my tarantulas without issue. They're not my first choice as feeders, but if I just had one or two tarantulas, I'd probably still be feeding them crickets from...
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    I stand by my statement.

    I stand by my statement.
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    I don't think the feeding regimens of pet store...

    I don't think the feeding regimens of pet store crickets is a threat to tarantulas. (Many owners have successfully raised their tarantulas on nothing but pet store crickets.)

    That being said, pet...
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    I'm not that great at ventral sexing, but do you...

    I'm not that great at ventral sexing, but do you have a clearer/closer shot of the area between the first pair of book lungs?
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    My Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens died last month...

    My Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens died last month (due to a failed molt), so I had an empty enclosure. When I saw this beautiful 4.5" female Brachypelma emilia at Repticon today, I knew that she had...
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    I Carved a Spider Pumpkin

    Argiope aurantia, to be precise.

    http://www.arachnosteel.com/Pumpkins/Argiope-2018-700.png

    Happy Halloween!
  7. Bumba cabocla (looks kind of like a cross between...

    Bumba cabocla (looks kind of like a cross between a tarantula and a true spider)
    Caribena versicolor (rainbow floof)
    Ceratogyrus marshalli (you don't have anything with a horn?!)
    Chromatopelma...
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    I don't recall whether I've read any firsthand...

    I don't recall whether I've read any firsthand accounts of fangs broken on metal tongs, but I would still consider that to be a possible risk. The other -- perhaps more likely -- risk is that they...
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    I just crush their heads to prevent them from...

    I just crush their heads to prevent them from burrowing. (They will still wriggle enough to get the tarantula's attention.)

    I usually don't tong feed, as I'm concerned they'll break their fangs on...
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    I remove any uneaten prey after 24 hours and...

    I remove any uneaten prey after 24 hours and offer again a week later.




    How big are the tarantulas, and what are you feeding them?

    Slings can't be overfed.

    However, I try not to let my...
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    That sounds like a very genic thing to do.

    That sounds like a very genic thing to do.
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    How big is the T?

    How big is the T?
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    I have not kept these, but I would suggest...

    I have not kept these, but I would suggest moistening the dry side as well. That might encourage her to come out.
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    It looks male to me, but I'm not 100% sure from...

    It looks male to me, but I'm not 100% sure from these images.

    One trick I found helpful:

    Cut the abdomen off of the rest of the molt
    Cut off the bottom off the abdomen below the second pair...
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    Ambient humidity is not as important as substrate...

    Ambient humidity is not as important as substrate moisture. It should be kept damp (but not sopping wet).
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    I love my Psalmopoeus cambridgei. Everyone needs...

    I love my Psalmopoeus cambridgei. Everyone needs a big green spider.
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    All you can do is learn from your mistakes and...

    All you can do is learn from your mistakes and try to prevent it from happening in the future.
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    Yikes! Sorry for your loss. That's definitely...

    Yikes! Sorry for your loss.

    That's definitely a species I would leave in the enclosure except for rehousings.
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    What are the dimensions of the aquariums? For...

    What are the dimensions of the aquariums?

    For terrestrial tarantulas like Aphonopelma chalcodes, you want something low-profile, where there is no more than 1.5 times the tarantula's diagonal leg...
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    A fishing spider, likely Dolomedes albineus...

    A fishing spider, likely Dolomedes albineus. (That's the species I see most often in this area.)
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    A cute comic about jumping spiders...

    A cute comic about jumping spiders.
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    Is it really gone? (Just a week or two ago, I had...

    Is it really gone? (Just a week or two ago, I had to change my security settings to see the site.)
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    Dubia roaches aren't really common in pet stores...

    Dubia roaches aren't really common in pet stores (at least I have never seen any), but they are easy enough to order online, both from dealers and fellow keepers. (Many keepers sell their excess...
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    I think the idea of "gut-loading" feeders is a...

    I think the idea of "gut-loading" feeders is a carry-over from the reptile hobby.

    I'm not sure that this is necessary with tarantulas or if we really even know what their nutritional needs is. My...
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    As long as it takes stubborn people to accept the...

    As long as it takes stubborn people to accept the new classification!
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