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Tom's Big Spiders - Tarantulas and Inverts

By Tom Moran

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.

  1. 1.
    Listener Questions Part 1 - Mold/Fungus, Protecting Ts from Other Pets, and Teaching vs. Scolding07/15/2019
    45:19
  2. 2.
    Some Activities for "Advanced" Keepers to Keep the Hobby Fresh (and Updates!).07/08/2019
    44:47
  3. 3.
    Using Tarantulas to Get Over a Fear of Spiders06/30/2019
    44:52
  4. 4.
    A Rainbow of Tarantulas and My Top 10 List of Personal Favorite Spiders06/23/2019
    50:28
  5. 5.
    The "Aggressive" Tarantula Myth (and How to Decrease Defensiveness)06/17/2019
    45:25
  6. 6.
    Accidental Mystery Spiders (or Buying a Mislabeled Tarantula)06/10/2019
    43:17
  7. 7.
    Ants! Protecting Your Spiders from These Invaders06/02/2019
    38:25
  8. 8.
    A Sick Tarantula and H. devamatha Care Notes05/26/2019
    34:59
  1. 9.
    Sericopelma sp. Santa Catalina and Pseudhapalopus sp blue05/19/2019
    40:32
  2. 10.
    H. chilensis "Chilean Flame" Fasting Issues05/12/2019
    37:33
  3. 11.
    Theraphosa blondi and a Substrate Update05/05/2019
    44:18
  4. 12.
    A Huge Thank You, Some Updates, and N. tripepii04/28/2019
    43:46
  5. 13.
    Crypsidromus sp. Costa Rica (Black emilia) and Sling Deaths04/22/2019
    37:30
  6. 14.
    Bioactive Enclosures Update and the GBB as a Beginner Species04/14/2019
    46:41
  7. 15.
    Aphonopelma Review04/07/2019
    32:57
  8. 16.
    The Water Dish Debate and Bioactive Updates03/31/2019
    43:46
  9. 17.
    P. metallica Communal Rehouse and Isopod Issues03/24/2019
    38:26
  10. 18.
    Ordering Tarantulas Online - Some Things to Know03/17/2019
    42:53
  11. 19.
    Poecilotheria Review Update03/10/2019
    45:38
  12. 20.
    Moisture Dependent Species (and the Lingering Importance of Damp Substrate)03/03/2019
    39:41
  13. 21.
    First Bioactive Tarantula Setup02/24/2019
    29:13
  14. 22.
    Some Thoughts on Last Week's Episode and Communal Updates02/17/2019
    40:36
  15. 23.
    Review of "Tarantula Spiders as Pets" as Well as Some Bioactive Enclosure News02/10/2019
    45:08
  16. 24.
    Selecting the Right Enclosure Size and a New Tarantula Magazine02/03/2019
    34:26
  17. 25.
    Explaining Large Tarantula Collections to Family and Friends01/27/2019
    46:15
  18. 26.
    A Comparison of Different Enclosure Types (Glass, Acrylic, and Plastic Bins)01/20/2019
    37:53
  19. 27.
    Listener Questions Part 201/13/2019
    38:11
  20. 28.
    Listener Questions Part 1 01/06/2019
    58:42
  21. 29.
    Is It Okay to Start Spiderlings in Adult Enclosures?12/31/2018
    38:39
  22. 30.
    Ordering and Shipping Tarantulas in the Winter12/23/2018
    36:38
  23. 31.
    The Importance (and Pitfalls) of Tarantula YouTube Channels12/16/2018
    44:16
  24. 32.
    Tarantula Communal Setup Updates12/09/2018
    37:51
  25. 33.
    Will the Real G. Pulchra Please Stand Up?12/02/2018
    32:29
  26. 34.
    Things I Wish I Knew About Tarantulas Before I Got Into the Hobby Pt. 211/25/2018
    47:46
  27. 35.
    Tips for Getting Your Tarantulas Ready for Winter11/19/2018
    39:46
  28. 36.
    Top 15 Favorite Tarantulas (At the Moment!)11/12/2018
    46:22
  29. 37.
    A Discussion of the Nat Geo Article on the Tarantula Trade11/04/2018
    40:41
  30. 38.
    Euathlus sp. red No More! 10/28/2018
    31:17
  31. 39.
    Handling Tarantulas - A Discussion10/21/2018
    44:50
  32. 40.
    DKS In Tarantulas - A Paper Review10/08/2018
    32:25
  33. 41.
    Chilobrachys Species Review09/30/2018
    39:34
  34. 42.
    Hobby Infighting and Why We Need to Be More Mature and Learn to Get Along09/23/2018
    57:49
  35. 43.
    Mixed Bag ft. A Call for Help, Substrate, and Buying Ts to Get Over a Fear of Spiders09/16/2018
    45:47
  36. 44.
    How the Poecilotheria Ruling Highlights the Issue With Hybrids.09/09/2018
    37:49
  37. 45.
    Thoughts on Keeping Fossorial Ts Like Terrestrials (and My Issue with Trolls)09/02/2018
    33:59
  38. 46.
    The "Hobby Staple" Tarantula List08/26/2018
    38:34
  39. 47.
    Tips for Managing a Large Tarantula Collection08/19/2018
    39:53
  40. 48.
    Fun with Bad Tarantula Articles! (Or, How Bad Info Is Created and Spread)08/14/2018
    36:04
  41. 49.
    Fish and Wildlife Service Ruling on Sri Lankan Poecilotheria Species.08/05/2018
    37:34
  42. 50.
    The "Overcomplication" of the Tarantula Hobby07/29/2018
    46:07
  43. 51.
    Tarantula Seizure and the "Panic"07/22/2018
    42:24
  44. 52.
    "Intermediate Level" Tarantulas07/15/2018
    54:35
  45. 53.
    Tarantula Common vs. Scientific Names07/08/2018
    34:56
  46. 54.
    Tarantula Communal Setups07/01/2018
    39:56
  47. 55.
    Convincing Your Mate to Let You Get a Tarantula06/24/2018
    40:16
  48. 56.
    Poecilotheria Genus06/17/2018
    45:38
  49. 57.
    A Little Venting ... And Substrate Woes Part 206/10/2018
    41:55
  50. 58.
    Is Keeping Tarantulas in Captivity Wrong?06/03/2018
    43:05
  51. 59.
    Brown Boxing - The Tarantula Hobby's Dirty Little Secret05/27/2018
    43:20
  52. 60.
    Spotting Bad Care Guides05/20/2018
    37:43
  53. 61.
    Substrate Woes 05/13/2018
    44:33
  54. 62.
    Feeders!05/06/2018
    39:42
  55. 63.
    ICUs, Tiny Slings, and Shipping!04/29/2018
    31:14
  56. 64.
    State of the Hobby (Facebook Q&A)04/22/2018
    29:59
  57. 65.
    Monocentropus balfouri Communal Reflections04/15/2018
    36:53
  58. 66.
    So, You Want a Tarantula - Here's What You Need To Know 04/08/2018
    50:55
  59. 67.
    Tarantula Deaths In the Collection04/01/2018
    32:57
  60. 68.
    The Myth of Power Feeding Tarantulas03/25/2018
    33:43
  61. 69.
    Breeding Tarantulas - Some Things to Consider03/18/2018
    41:28
  62. 70.
    Beginner Tarantula Lists...Beneficial or a Misleading?03/11/2018
    49:46
  63. 71.
    Tarantula Cage Size - A Discussion03/04/2018
    33:48
  64. 72.
    Children in the Tarantula Hobby02/25/2018
    33:00
  65. 73.
    Things I Wish I Knew About Tarantulas Before I Got Into the Hobby02/18/2018
    32:36
  66. 74.
    Snakes to Tarantulas - Do other Exotic Pets Prepare You For Tarantulas?02/11/2018
    30:59
  67. 75.
    Special Bonus Q & A Episode02/04/2018
    31:36
  68. 76.
    Tom's Big Spiders ... The Podcast! (Pilot)02/03/2018
    26:26

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