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    Thread: Choosing A First Tarantula

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      Choosing A First Tarantula

      Choosing a first tarantula can be a stressful task, so I made this guide to clear things up.
      Traits for newbies
      You probably do not want a tarantula that is aggresive, expensive, or fast. Some tarantulas that do not have these traits are: everyone in the grimmostola genus and most brachypelma.
      Grown-up or baby?
      Probably grown-up, because most babies are fast and hard to feed.
      Where to buy your tarantula
      I am not advertising or choosing favorites. Just buy them online. Online dealers usually have a bigger selection and are captive-breed. Wild caught tarantulas can have many problems, including being aggresive.
      Should I choose ----?
      That is exactly why I made this guide. Is it aggresive, expensive, or fast? Is it matured? Read this guide.
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      Quote Originally Posted by superpetguy1 View Post
      grimmostola family.

      That would be 'Grammostola', which is a genus, not a family. Grammostola is part of the Theraphosinae subfamily, which are NW terrestrials with urticating hairs.

      Avics are not a good choice for beginners, which their special requirements. Far too many Avics, sling to adults, have been killed by bad advice that unfortunately is plentiful online. The only reason Avics are suggested for beginners is because most aren't as fast or defensive as the other arboreals, but that's outweighed by their high losses in captivity. There's been too many 'My Dead Avic' threads in tarantula forums. A hardy NW terrestrial is a far better choice for people new to the hobby.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Poec54 View Post
      That would be 'Grammostola', which is a genus, not a family. Grammostola is part of the Theraphosinae subfamily, which are NW terrestrials with urticating hairs.

      Avics are not a good choice for beginners, which their special requirements. Far too many Avics, sling to adults, have been killed by bad advice that unfortunately is plentiful online. The only reason Avics are suggested for beginners is because most aren't as fast or defensive as the other arboreals, but that's outweighed by their high losses in captivity. There's been too many 'My Dead Avic' threads in tarantula forums. A hardy NW terrestrial is a far better choice for people new to the hobby.
      Thanks for the knowledge.

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