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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.
    The "Best" Tarantula Enclosure and Xenesthis Update10/25/2020
    45:45
  2. 2.
    Caribena versicolor "Antilles Pinktoe" Discussion10/18/2020
    51:04
  3. 3.
    Does an Aggressive Feeding Schedule Impact Longevity? 10/11/2020
    45:06
  4. 4.
    Blue T News and When Species Are "Extinct" from the Hobby10/04/2020
    45:27
  5. 5.
    Feeding - What Works for You?09/27/2020
    42:24
  6. 6.
    Beginner Anxiety (or When Will I Stop Worrying?)09/20/2020
    42:10
  7. 7.
    P. metallica Communal Development09/06/2020
    42:11
  8. 8.
    DKS Revisited and Cross Ventilation08/30/2020
    38:59
  1. 9.
    Psalmopoeus Genus Review and Bioactive Thoughts08/23/2020
    53:22
  2. 10.
    Tarantula Temperament and Putting Your Tarantula First08/16/2020
    45:27
  3. 11.
    Hoarding, Pet Store Hate, and Sacrificial Males08/09/2020
    44:19
  4. 12.
    When Tarantulas Burrow08/02/2020
    43:51
  5. 13.
    Veterinary Care and the "Non Science" Behind Rehousings07/27/2020
    54:22
  6. 14.
    Sicarius thomisoides Notes (and Other Ramblings!)07/19/2020
    47:26
  7. 15.
    The Pitfalls of Exaggerating (or Downplaying) the Risks of Keeping Venomous Arachnids07/12/2020
    49:22
  8. 16.
    Xenesthis Species First Impressions (and "Swampy" Enclosures)07/05/2020
    42:00
  9. 17.
    The Anthropomorphization of Tarantulas06/28/2020
    45:28
  10. 18.
    The Sad Story of My O. Philippinus 06/21/2020
    38:27
  11. 19.
    Herpcult Enclosure Review and M. Robustum Notes06/14/2020
    50:35
  12. 20.
    Tarantula Communal Setups - Some Thoughts06/08/2020
    46:51
  13. 21.
    My Tarantula Won't Settle In - Some Things to Consider05/30/2020
    51:35
  14. 22.
    If I Could Only Keep 10 Tarantulas...05/24/2020
    45:42
  15. 23.
    Theraphosa Species (T. blondi, T. stirmi, and T. apophysis) Husbandry05/18/2020
    1:01:02
  16. 24.
    New Word Tarantulas: Bites, Venom, and Hairs. 05/11/2020
    45:11
  17. 25.
    The Dangers of Isopods and Wild Caught Shame05/03/2020
    50:44
  18. 26.
    Temperatures and Enclosures Revisited04/26/2020
    53:03
  19. 27.
    Blue Tarantulas! 04/19/2020
    58:40
  20. 28.
    M. Balfouri Communal Death and Are Avics More Fragile?04/12/2020
    39:35
  21. 29.
    Common Beginner Missteps, Avic Sling Enclosure, and Mixing Dirt04/04/2020
    55:28
  22. 30.
    Phormictopus Genus Discussion03/28/2020
    45:10
  23. 31.
    Feeder Options in Case of Quarantine and Water Dishes (Again!)03/22/2020
    46:31
  24. 32.
    Moisture Dependency a "Hoax"? And Preparing for an Emergency03/15/2020
    44:31
  25. 33.
    Yes, It Can Happen to You! Mistakes and Mishaps Some Keepers Think Are Myths. 03/08/2020
    49:04
  26. 34.
    Keeping Moisture Dependent Species (and Listener Question)03/01/2020
    53:02
  27. 35.
    Sexing Tarantulas and Determining Maturity02/23/2020
    42:16
  28. 36.
    Tips for Starting a YouTube Channel and Moving Your Tarantula Collection02/17/2020
    48:46
  29. 37.
    The Most Visible Tarantulas in My Collection 02/09/2020
    53:14
  30. 38.
    Chilobrachys Genus Review02/03/2020
    46:30
  31. 39.
    Mystery Illness and Tarantulas in Entertainment Media01/26/2020
    53:46
  32. 40.
    The EMODE Website and the Importance of Doing Research Before You Buy01/20/2020
    49:04
  33. 41.
    The Impact of Fear Mongering YouTube Clickbait on the Hobby01/12/2020
    56:36
  34. 42.
    Some Housekeeping and Tips on Setting Up Different Types of Enclosures01/05/2020
    50:35
  35. 43.
    The Stigmatization of Old Worlds (and Some Thoughts on the Ladder System)12/30/2019
    46:25
  36. 44.
    Using Substrate and Prey from Outside and Wire Mesh - What are the Risks?12/23/2019
    40:32
  37. 45.
    Scented Candles, Bright Lights, and Stereo Systems - Are They Harmful to Tarantulas?12/15/2019
    31:43
  38. 46.
    Winter Topics, Bioactive Updates, and Full Interview with Animals at Home12/08/2019
    1:39:53
  39. 47.
    Harpactira pulchripes and My Experiences with Cleaner Insects12/01/2019
    50:26
  40. 48.
    Bonus Episode 2 - Communal Updates11/28/2019
    36:31
  41. 49.
    Enclosures, Handling, and Protecting Males Revisited11/24/2019
    49:57
  42. 50.
    The "OBT" Revisited and Animals At Home Interview Excerpt11/17/2019
    50:30
  43. 51.
    Just How Dangerous Are Tarantulas in the Home?11/10/2019
    47:51
  44. 52.
    Grammostola pulchripes (the Chaco Goldenknee) 11/03/2019
    44:22
  45. 53.
    My Attempt at a Tarantula "Glossary"10/27/2019
    50:09
  46. 54.
    The Best Showcase Spiders In My Collection10/20/2019
    49:10
  47. 55.
    Article Review and My Issue with Tarantula Growth Rates10/14/2019
    46:35
  48. 56.
    Spiderlings vs. Adults10/06/2019
    51:44
  49. 57.
    The Basics of Breeding Tarantulas 09/29/2019
    59:54
  50. 58.
    Tips for Maintaining Moist Substrate09/22/2019
    47:18
  51. 59.
    Knowing When to Say When - Keeping Your Collection from Becoming Unwieldy 09/15/2019
    56:56
  52. 60.
    Chilobrachys sp. Electric Blue Notes 09/08/2019
    48:50
  53. 61.
    Ceratogyrus darlingi (The Rear Horned Baboon) Notes09/01/2019
    51:11
  54. 62.
    Old Worlds As "Beginner Species"08/25/2019
    50:04
  55. 63.
    Some Breeding Projects and P. metallica Notes08/18/2019
    48:40
  56. 64.
    H. Chilensis Update, Substrate Talk, and the Importance of Foliage in Enclosures08/11/2019
    45:16
  57. 65.
    Did I Say That? Clarifying My Opinions on a Few Issues.08/04/2019
    44:00
  58. 66.
    Best "Starter" Old World Tarantulas07/28/2019
    48:13
  59. 67.
    Listener Questions Part 2 - Species that Gave me Trouble and Moving from Terrestrials to Arboreals07/21/2019
    48:04
  60. 68.
    Listener Questions Part 1 - Mold/Fungus, Protecting Ts from Other Pets, and Teaching vs. Scolding07/15/2019
    45:19
  61. 69.
    Some Activities for "Advanced" Keepers to Keep the Hobby Fresh (and Updates!).07/08/2019
    44:47
  62. 70.
    Using Tarantulas to Get Over a Fear of Spiders06/30/2019
    44:52
  63. 71.
    A Rainbow of Tarantulas and My Top 10 List of Personal Favorite Spiders06/23/2019
    50:28
  64. 72.
    The "Aggressive" Tarantula Myth (and How to Decrease Defensiveness)06/17/2019
    45:25
  65. 73.
    Accidental Mystery Spiders (or Buying a Mislabeled Tarantula)06/10/2019
    43:17
  66. 74.
    Ants! Protecting Your Spiders from These Invaders06/02/2019
    38:25
  67. 75.
    A Sick Tarantula and H. devamatha Care Notes05/26/2019
    34:59
  68. 76.
    Sericopelma sp. Santa Catalina and Pseudhapalopus sp blue05/19/2019
    40:32
  69. 77.
    H. chilensis "Chilean Flame" Fasting Issues05/12/2019
    37:33
  70. 78.
    Theraphosa blondi and a Substrate Update05/05/2019
    44:18
  71. 79.
    A Huge Thank You, Some Updates, and N. tripepii04/28/2019
    43:46
  72. 80.
    Crypsidromus sp. Costa Rica (Black emilia) and Sling Deaths04/22/2019
    37:30
  73. 81.
    Bioactive Enclosures Update and the GBB as a Beginner Species04/14/2019
    46:41
  74. 82.
    Aphonopelma Review04/07/2019
    32:57
  75. 83.
    The Water Dish Debate and Bioactive Updates03/31/2019
    43:46
  76. 84.
    P. metallica Communal Rehouse and Isopod Issues03/24/2019
    38:26
  77. 85.
    Ordering Tarantulas Online - Some Things to Know03/17/2019
    42:53
  78. 86.
    Poecilotheria Review Update03/10/2019
    45:38
  79. 87.
    Moisture Dependent Species (and the Lingering Importance of Damp Substrate)03/03/2019
    39:41
  80. 88.
    First Bioactive Tarantula Setup02/24/2019
    29:13
  81. 89.
    Some Thoughts on Last Week's Episode and Communal Updates02/17/2019
    40:36
  82. 90.
    Review of "Tarantula Spiders as Pets" as Well as Some Bioactive Enclosure News02/10/2019
    45:08
  83. 91.
    Selecting the Right Enclosure Size and a New Tarantula Magazine02/03/2019
    34:26
  84. 92.
    Explaining Large Tarantula Collections to Family and Friends01/27/2019
    46:15
  85. 93.
    A Comparison of Different Enclosure Types (Glass, Acrylic, and Plastic Bins)01/20/2019
    37:53
  86. 94.
    Listener Questions Part 201/13/2019
    38:11
  87. 95.
    Listener Questions Part 1 01/06/2019
    58:42
  88. 96.
    Is It Okay to Start Spiderlings in Adult Enclosures?12/31/2018
    38:39
  89. 97.
    Ordering and Shipping Tarantulas in the Winter12/23/2018
    36:38
  90. 98.
    The Importance (and Pitfalls) of Tarantula YouTube Channels12/16/2018
    44:16
  91. 99.
    Tarantula Communal Setup Updates12/09/2018
    37:51
  92. 100.
    Will the Real G. Pulchra Please Stand Up?12/02/2018
    32:29
  93. 101.
    Things I Wish I Knew About Tarantulas Before I Got Into the Hobby Pt. 211/25/2018
    47:46
  94. 102.
    Tips for Getting Your Tarantulas Ready for Winter11/19/2018
    39:46
  95. 103.
    Top 15 Favorite Tarantulas (At the Moment!)11/12/2018
    46:22
  96. 104.
    A Discussion of the Nat Geo Article on the Tarantula Trade11/04/2018
    40:41
  97. 105.
    Euathlus sp. red No More! 10/28/2018
    31:17
  98. 106.
    Handling Tarantulas - A Discussion10/21/2018
    44:50
  99. 107.
    DKS In Tarantulas - A Paper Review10/08/2018
    32:25
  100. 108.
    Chilobrachys Species Review09/30/2018
    39:34
  101. 109.
    Hobby Infighting and Why We Need to Be More Mature and Learn to Get Along09/23/2018
    57:49
  102. 110.
    Mixed Bag ft. A Call for Help, Substrate, and Buying Ts to Get Over a Fear of Spiders09/16/2018
    45:47
  103. 111.
    How the Poecilotheria Ruling Highlights the Issue With Hybrids.09/09/2018
    37:49
  104. 112.
    Thoughts on Keeping Fossorial Ts Like Terrestrials (and My Issue with Trolls)09/02/2018
    33:59
  105. 113.
    The "Hobby Staple" Tarantula List08/26/2018
    38:34
  106. 114.
    Tips for Managing a Large Tarantula Collection08/19/2018
    39:53
  107. 115.
    Fun with Bad Tarantula Articles! (Or, How Bad Info Is Created and Spread)08/14/2018
    36:04
  108. 116.
    Fish and Wildlife Service Ruling on Sri Lankan Poecilotheria Species.08/05/2018
    37:34
  109. 117.
    The "Overcomplication" of the Tarantula Hobby07/29/2018
    46:07
  110. 118.
    Tarantula Seizure and the "Panic"07/22/2018
    42:24
  111. 119.
    "Intermediate Level" Tarantulas07/15/2018
    54:35
  112. 120.
    Tarantula Common vs. Scientific Names07/08/2018
    34:56
  113. 121.
    Tarantula Communal Setups07/01/2018
    39:56
  114. 122.
    Convincing Your Mate to Let You Get a Tarantula06/24/2018
    40:16
  115. 123.
    Poecilotheria Genus06/17/2018
    45:38
  116. 124.
    A Little Venting ... And Substrate Woes Part 206/10/2018
    41:55
  117. 125.
    Is Keeping Tarantulas in Captivity Wrong?06/03/2018
    43:05
  118. 126.
    Brown Boxing - The Tarantula Hobby's Dirty Little Secret05/27/2018
    43:20
  119. 127.
    Spotting Bad Care Guides05/20/2018
    37:43
  120. 128.
    Substrate Woes 05/13/2018
    44:33
  121. 129.
    Feeders!05/06/2018
    39:42
  122. 130.
    ICUs, Tiny Slings, and Shipping!04/29/2018
    31:14
  123. 131.
    State of the Hobby (Facebook Q&A)04/22/2018
    29:59
  124. 132.
    Monocentropus balfouri Communal Reflections04/15/2018
    36:53
  125. 133.
    So, You Want a Tarantula - Here's What You Need To Know 04/08/2018
    50:55
  126. 134.
    Tarantula Deaths In the Collection04/01/2018
    32:57
  127. 135.
    The Myth of Power Feeding Tarantulas03/25/2018
    33:43
  128. 136.
    Breeding Tarantulas - Some Things to Consider03/18/2018
    41:28
  129. 137.
    Beginner Tarantula Lists...Beneficial or Misleading?03/11/2018
    49:46
  130. 138.
    Tarantula Cage Size - A Discussion03/04/2018
    33:48
  131. 139.
    Children in the Tarantula Hobby02/25/2018
    33:00
  132. 140.
    Things I Wish I Knew About Tarantulas Before I Got Into the Hobby02/18/2018
    32:36
  133. 141.
    Snakes to Tarantulas - Do other Exotic Pets Prepare You For Tarantulas?02/11/2018
    30:59
  134. 142.
    Special Bonus Q & A Episode02/04/2018
    31:36
  135. 143.
    Tom's Big Spiders ... The Podcast! (Pilot)02/03/2018
    26:26

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