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Tarantula References

Discussion in 'General Tarantula Discussion' started by Samuraisid, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. Samuraisid

    Samuraisid Member

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    Hello,
    Figured Id add some links in case anybody was looking for some good reading material.

    Stan Schultz is the author of the Tarantula Keepers Guide, and one of the most knowledgeable people in our hobby. I highly suggest reading everything he says. You dont need to believe him, but keep his info in mind when someone else, "tells you how it is".

    Stans Rant: Unless you've been keeping T's for years, you will learn something. Even then, you might. I did:)
    http://people.ucalgary.ca/~schultz/stansrant.html

    Myths, Misconceptions, Mistakes
    http://people.ucalgary.ca/~schultz/myths00.html

    All about the oddity: The Chilean Rose Hair
    http://people.ucalgary.ca/~schultz/roses.html


    Rick Wests' website. Great photographer and general information. You need to see his Tarantula photographs. ***WARNING: Your wishlist is about to get a whole lot bigger!
    http://www.birdspiders.com/

    World Spider Catalog. Scientific research tool of minimal use to your average enthusiast.
    http://research.amnh.org/iz/spiders/catalog/INTRO1.html
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    Josh Administrator Staff Member 3 Year Member

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    Stickied this thread for everyone's reference! Thanks SamuraiSid
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    john m shires Member

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    Thank you SamuraiSid
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    plessey Active Member 3 Year Member

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    Pawandinverts Active Member 3 Year Member

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    Thankyou I will show my cousin this! :)
    She had a fear of spiders, i let her hold my mature female B. Smithi
    Now she is researching to get her first T. :)
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    Sabeth Moderator

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    Great links! I have The Tarantula Keeper's Guide and it's awesome. Thanks for sharing!!
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    travis669 New Member

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    hey my names travis just recently got my first tarantula not sure on its age or anything like that or sex was wondering if anyone would be able to help me out
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    Bast Well-Known Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    It's pretty much impossible to accurately age a Tarantula, other than saying it's a sling, juvie or adult etc. As for sexing you can do this with a moult or you can get a clear picture of the underside of the tarantula and someone here could try and help you out :)
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    well ive noticed the last couple days my t is a lil more skittish then normal a lil less activate she used to be active at night but not so much as also layin a lil bit of webbing im not sure if premolt or not someone help me out thank u
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    Ceratogyrus Well-Known Member 3 Year Member

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    when a tarantula starts webbing on the substrate and is lethargic it is in preparation for a molt most definitely :)
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    Amazing reading material, dwelled into the myths and mistakes website a bit will do more. Great info to have thanks for this! \m/
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    Sounds like premolt activity
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    Therasoid Well-Known Member

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    OK, this is a older thread, but I felt this book is a valuable reference for the "novice".

    The Proper Care of Tarantulas by Ann Webb 1993. ISBN: 0866224467 288 pages. Hard cover.

    I found mine at a used book store for $4, and in very good condition too.
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    Ace Robb New Member

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    There is an app for Androids (not sure if its available for IOS) called Tarantulas and its an excellent app for having multiple Ts. Logs everything about them. Definitely a must have app for any T lover
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    PamCz Active Member

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    There's one called iTarantula for $3.99 for iPhones. Haven't used it, but looks decent. It's got a library of 60 species w/ info on each, and a diary function for your own list of T's.
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    Therasoid Well-Known Member

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    Thought this was an interesting read.
    Mainly for beginners, very helpful in understanding the anatomy of the 8 legged creatures, some intermediates may find something of interest too.
    Site address: tarantulas.tropica.ru/en/node/609
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    Just checked out the Schulz book from the library, nice book and tons of info exp compared to some of the other books ive read.
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    A book I was recommended, bought and thoroughly enjoyed reading is The Tarantula by William J. Baerg. It's old (published originally in 1958 and reprinted 1997) not too long and easy to read but tells of the authors study of tarantulas in the wild. It opened my eyes to the life they live in their natural surroundings rather than in captivity. The reprint has a list of species name changes but obviously some may have changed again since then.
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    Phil Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Thanks for the links. Shultz is like you say, not to be ignored. I am rethinking my attitude to temperature!
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