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Hello, ex- arachnophobe, new to hobby, from the U.K

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Tabitha, Jun 11, 2018.

  1. Tabitha

    Tabitha Member

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    hello all, I am from the u.k and new here, I keep Chameleons, snakes, dart frogs, insects, jumping spiders, day geckos and various others, I’m an artist and for fun I paint my reptiles and want to paint some t’s too soon.
    I’ve been petrified of spiders all my life, to the point it was a serious issue for me,
    A year ago I got a jumping spider so I could start to overcome my fears, now I keep tarantulas! at the same time a friend, who also was afraid of spiders, from another forum, got jumpers then went onto become a keeper of several species too so Phiddipus have been great as starter spiders.
    I would never of believed I would be in the same room as a spider let alone tarantulas but I keep my T’s in my bedroom, I proud to say I adore them and I love to watch them, and am planning to get more, I have a B hamorii called Phoebe who is 10 cm and a acanthoscurria geniculata, Ofelia, about 8cm and tomorrow a B. Albopilosum, Pandora, arrives tomorrow. I really want to get some more species too.
    So hello all and I’m keen to read up and learn as I see how very fascinating and wonderful these creatures are.

    Here are my beautiful girls.
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    Uh oh! I forgot, I have a Chaco golden knee too, Aurelia but she’s so tiny, she’s molted a good five times now but still only 1 or 2cm but she’s very poretty.
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    PanzoN88 Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forum and the hobby, you'll find that raising tarantulas is addicting. I am a former arachnophobe myself, so I know the feeling. You have a nice, small collection there. I have all three species as well.
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  4. Tabitha

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    Thank you very much, im glad you understand the fear!
    I am playing it safe and going for the slower new worlds at the moment,
    don’t want to go into rehab and set the therapy back!!!:D
    Definitely have my eye on some other species though.
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    PanzoN88 Well-Known Member

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    That's a great way to approach the hobby. That's how I started in 2014 now I am at 42 tarantulas of various temperaments. If you want an excellent beginner species, the E. Sp. red has no equal, they are slow growing however.
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    Wow! 42! So they ARE additive!
    That’s amazing!
    And thanks for the tip on the E sp red, just checked them out on google, very nice indeed, I will make a note and try and get one at a show that’s coming up in the autumn.
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    Hi and welcome :)
    I think you'd be surprised just how many of us have been arachnophobes in the past, I still don't like spiders loose in the house although not as bad as I used to be. I bought 1 T to help me over the fear and now have 90+ :rolleyes:
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  8. Tabitha

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    HI Enn49, thanks for the reply, I nearly didn’t say about having issues with spiders, being on a spider forum! but it’s very interesting that many people feel the same, I have realised the long thing legs that I don’t like, short furry T legs are fine, also the element of surprise I can’t deal with, I know the T’s are here and so I’m fine, it’s suddenly finding a spider without warning I don’t like.
    Still, I’m pleased to be here and I so enjoy watching and learning from mine, they are in glass vivs so I can see them all the time.
    So 4 down and 86 to go then.
    Cheers.
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    @Tabitha My son has a true spider coming later this week so it'll be interesting how I react to that.
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    Hello and welcome!

    I too am a fan of each of your species, and jumping spiders have been a source of fascination to me since I was a little boy.
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    I think it's time to channel my inner enabler and assist in turning the @Tabitha into an addicted hobbyist like most of us.

    Here are some good species to look into if you are curious:

    You already know about this one: E. Sp. red (my MM)
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    B. schroederi (maybe these are popular across the pond because they are not common here in the states)(I was lucky to get mine).

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    B. emilia

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    E. campestratus

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    P. (this is my sling)

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    Note: I am a bad influence in a good way
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    Hmmmmm

    Here are some others to enable your addiction further.

    C versicolor

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    L klugi

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    And lastly an OW, a bit pricey but a great introduction to baboon tarantulas. None other then....

    H pulchripes

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    Now to really go over to the dark side of the addiction for good.

    P sp machala


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    Of these, Pamphobeteus probably has the most variety as well as the greatest price differences.
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    Welcome to the Group Tabitha...........LC72UK:):T:
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    Welcome to the forum, and the beginning of an addiction!
    There is no going back!!!
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    Thank you Tom, yes the jumpers are wonderful, so amazing to watch them checking their world out!
    I just want a tarantula sized jumper though!!
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    Thank you @PanzoN88
    well.. I think thank you!!! I’m not sure, the list is growing, oh dear!
    That’s really helpful to have some suggestions and those are great photos. I nearly got an Emilia the other day actually, but I’m keeping notes of suggestions and will google to check them out further,
    Thank you very much!
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    Thank you very much fellow Brit!
    I’m pleased to be here! Exciting times!!
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    Thank you @Whitelightning777
    Again, stunning photos, they are beautiful colours, don’t think I’m ready for a baboon yet though, lol.
    Thank you so much for the suggestions.
    I can see I’m gonna need some more vivs!
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    @Dave Jay
    Wowee, what a photo! Thanks for posting such a great photo!
    Getting more and more tempted.
    I feel the therapy is going well!
    Thanks ever so.
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