How to choose your first spider. - Reptile Forums

Go Back   Reptile Forums > Help and Chat > Spiders and Inverts


  #1 (permalink)  
Old 21-07-2007, 02:35 PM
Incubuss's Avatar
Premier Member
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Hull, UK
Posts: 8,380
Blog Entries: 1
Default How to choose your first spider.

We get a lot of people asking for information on what spider is good for beginners, so I wrote this.

It would be nice if a mod could make it a sticky.

How to choose your first spider.

When choosing your first spider, you need to take your level of experience into consideration. The chances are you have not dealt with spiders in the past if you have never owned one, so you will be best off getting a spider that is not too aggressive, not too skittish, doesn’t have very potent venom, and also doesn’t get too big.

The best spiders to start off with are all in the Theraphosidae family (tarantula). You then need to choose the species of tarantula that will be best for you.

The best species to begin with are either in the Grammostola or Brachypelma family, as they are none aggressive, have weak venom and very hardy. These tarantulas include the Chilean Rose Hair (Grammostola Rosea), the Brazilian black (Grammostola pulchra), the Honduras Curly Hair Tarantula (Brachypelma albopilosa) and the beautiful and most popular pet tarantula in the world; the Mexican Redknee (Brachypelma smithi). All these tarantulas are terrestrial/burrowers.

If you fancy an arboreal spider to begin with then I would suggest starting with one from the Avicularia family. If you do choose an arboreal species then you must take into consideration that these tarantulas need more care then the ones above. They require much higher humidity, more height then ground space, and more tank decorations (for them to attach their webs to)

It is wise to stay away from the more aggressive Asian species such as the cobalt blue (Haplopelma lividum), the Thai black (Haplopelma minax) and any of the Poecilotheria (Ornamental) family as they are super fast, have very potent venom (for a tarantula) and are very aggressive. You should also beware of all the tarantulas with baboon in their name until you have a lot of experience with the lesser aggressive species, as these tarantulas are VERY fast, will quickly adopt the strike pose and will not hesitate to bite if felt threatened.

Now you have chosen the spider that best suits you; its research time. Research is the most important thing to do before buying a tarantula; you will need to know everything from what tank and bedding to use to what humidity and temperature it should be kept at.

Handling: Tarantulas are display animals and should not be handled, they do not like or need it, yet some species such as the Grammostola Rosea will tolerate it for short periods of time.

NOTE: Please remember that all tarantulas carry venom and can bite! Their venom is not medically significant, but can cause pain ranging from that of a bee sting to possible paralysis. And can kill if you’re illergic to the venom. Also, most tarantulas have the ability to flick urticating hairs from their abdomen, these hairs can cause itching, irritation and in some species, temporary blindness.

Good luck and enjoy your new pet.

Thanks for reading,

Incubuss.
__________________





Invert rescue: [email protected]
I am a huge fan of bacon!
If you hate the Hull based reptile rescue as much as I do, then I know we will get on like 'an Ant on fire. . .'
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 21-07-2007, 07:20 PM
mike mc's Avatar
Ultra Citizen
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: manchester,,uk
Posts: 1,832
Send a message via MSN to mike mc
Default

good guide,i personally think any 1 can own 1 of the more aggressive species aslong as they are aware of the consequences.i got an p.regalis as my second t and give it the respect it deserves and dont mess with it and it wont mess with you.its common sense really ie dont put your hands in the enclosure,maintenance should be done with forceps etc.follow the correct procedures when rehousing and you wont go far wrong.
__________________
0.1.0 biak green tree python
1.1.0 gold dust day gecko (phelsuma laticauda)
1.1.0 Mauritius ornate day gecko (phelsuma ornata)
1.1.1 electric blue day geckos (l williamsi)
1.1.0 neon day geckos (phelsuma klemmeri)
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 21-07-2007, 07:52 PM
wohic's Avatar
Postaholic Member
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Mid Somerset.
Posts: 14,291
Blog Entries: 1
Send a message via MSN to wohic
Default

good guide, stuck as requested.
__________________
The night sky reminds me to hold on to the gift of hope .
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 22-07-2007, 02:17 AM
Mez's Avatar
Mez Mez is offline
Super Citizen
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Manchester
Posts: 916
Send a message via MSN to Mez Send a message via Skype™ to Mez
Default

i particularly like mike_mc's comment.
If i got a T, i'd get a baboon, but only because i know how they act
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 22-07-2007, 01:27 PM
monitorfan666's Avatar
Ultra Citizen
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Braintree, Essex
Posts: 1,772
Default

nice one incubuss
how potent is the cobalt blue's venom??
__________________
Please ignore my username. i was 12.
George, 18, Braintree Essex. Scorpions.
http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1574172287

Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 22-07-2007, 02:49 PM
SiUK's Avatar
No Life Member
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: South Wales
Posts: 16,577
Default

old world taratulas ie baboons and colbalt blues tend to have more potent venom but they wouldnt cause a medica emergency, well unless you were severly allergic, but the same could happen from a bee sting.

Personally I think the only experience that will suffice is keeping an aggressive tarantula, keeping a chilean rose will not prepare you for a pokie, as long as you are careful then theres no reason IMO why you shouldnt keep a more aggressive spider, without silly risks you wont get bitten. I will probably get some stick off certain people but thats the way I see it.
Calucifer likes this.
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 22-07-2007, 05:15 PM
mike mc's Avatar
Ultra Citizen
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: manchester,,uk
Posts: 1,832
Send a message via MSN to mike mc
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by SiUK View Post
old world taratulas ie baboons and colbalt blues tend to have more potent venom but they wouldnt cause a medica emergency, well unless you were severly allergic, but the same could happen from a bee sting.

Personally I think the only experience that will suffice is keeping an aggressive tarantula, keeping a chilean rose will not prepare you for a pokie, as long as you are careful then theres no reason IMO why you shouldnt keep a more aggressive spider, without silly risks you wont get bitten. I will probably get some stick off certain people but thats the way I see it.

i agree with you mate
__________________
0.1.0 biak green tree python
1.1.0 gold dust day gecko (phelsuma laticauda)
1.1.0 Mauritius ornate day gecko (phelsuma ornata)
1.1.1 electric blue day geckos (l williamsi)
1.1.0 neon day geckos (phelsuma klemmeri)
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 23-07-2007, 10:52 AM
Incubuss's Avatar
Premier Member
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Hull, UK
Posts: 8,380
Blog Entries: 1
Default

I agree too (well, to a certain extent, lol). I just wrote this for people who are new to spiders and want an easy species to start off with. My second spider was also a P. regalis and I never had any trouble from her, but some people like a T that they can hold, or a T that they don't need to worry about too much while doing tank maintainance ect.
__________________





Invert rescue: [email protected]
I am a huge fan of bacon!
If you hate the Hull based reptile rescue as much as I do, then I know we will get on like 'an Ant on fire. . .'
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 22-08-2007, 09:16 PM
Mez's Avatar
Mez Mez is offline
Super Citizen
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Manchester
Posts: 916
Send a message via MSN to Mez Send a message via Skype™ to Mez
Default

reading my post again, i thought that i'd let others know ive bought an orange baboon
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 22-08-2007, 10:17 PM
spider_mad's Avatar
5 Star Member
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Bovey Tracey Devon
Posts: 4,440
Default

sweet we could do with a few stickys in the invert section
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need a few native bugs ID'd, a predatory beetle, a wolf spider and another spider andy07966 Spiders and Inverts 12 06-05-2009 02:48 PM
Looking for a new spider but dont know what to choose..... selina20 Spiders and Inverts 2 06-04-2009 01:05 AM
Help me choose a new spider :) Sollytear Spiders and Inverts 25 05-09-2008 01:47 AM
What to choose? Gaz1987 Spiders and Inverts 18 24-03-2008 12:49 PM
What one to choose from?? johnny_jb Spiders and Inverts 16 14-01-2008 07:07 AM



All times are GMT +1. The time now is 06:11 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright © 2005 - 2011, Reptile Forums (RFUK™)