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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by DreadedNeith, Jul 16, 2018.

  1. DreadedNeith

    DreadedNeith Active Member

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    Just thought i would introduce myself and share a little bit about me.
    My name is justin and i live in upstate ny. I recently got into the hobby after a long time of being very fearful of spiders. I always thought tarantulas were interesting but i was always to scared to have one as a pet. After seeing a lot of videos of jumping spiders and tarantulas i caught a bold jumping spider with my bare hands (first time i ever willingly touched a spider) and fed her for a couple weeks. I guess she was happy with how i was taking care of her because she laid an eggsack. After she laid the eggsack i kept feeding her (although she didnt eat much) and when her babies hatched i fed them and released them all back into the wild.
    This inspired me to research begginer tarantulas and so i did and decided on an Avicularia Metallica. I am absolutely in love with him/her.
    Getting my new T brought me to these forums. Im hoping to learn a lot more and meet some new people. received_1976169555750624.jpeg
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Hi Justin, welcome to the hobby and the forum.
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    Thank you Enn49. Glad to be here.
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    Welcome!!!
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    Welcome to the Group Justin.............LC72UK:):T:
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    Thanks LC72uk
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    Welcome to the addiction
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    Thanks Panzo! Im already thinking about the next ones i want to get. I want a Chilean red flame, Aphonopelma johnnycashi, avicularai versi,Brachypelma hamorii.. and many more. Ill probably stick to new worlds for now even though i really want an obt. I think an obt is a littleabove my experience right now.
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    I think you mean you'll stick to New Worlds, OBTs are Old World. My 1st ever T was an OBT and she never caused me any problems, they are more likely to run and hide than attack.
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    You are right. I meant new worlds. Havent been to sleep yet. Insomnia sucks. Ive heard of people having OBTs that arent very aggressive but arent most of them aggressive?
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    Defensive is a better term.

    I've had experience with all four. (I'm one of the lucky ones raising an A. johnnycashi right now. H. Sp. red/fire (E. Sp. red) are great for beginners (my favorite species, trying to breed them currently), B. hamorri are fascinating.
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    Yean the johnnycashi was just discovered in 2015 right? Ive always been fascinated with tarantulas but until recently i was to affraid of them to keep them. Now that i have my first on (an avic metallica) i am hooked. Been watching a bunch of videos and reading posts about them. I cant wait to get more now.
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    I know the feeling, I used to have the fear as well (little did I know I would be keeping 30+ tarantulas only a few years after starting. Look through the reviews and classifieds, you will be amazed at what deals you may find.
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    Phil Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    ....and so the addiction begins my friend. I have nearly 200
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    Oh yeah! I can already tell that this is going to test my marriage. Haha.
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    Phil Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Like I said to my wife....If someone says you have too many tarantulas, don't talk to them you don't need that negativity in your life....we are no longer together. pmsl.
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    Haha. She wasnt happy about me getting my first but now she thinks its cute. I figure, when it comes to tarantulas , its better to ask for forgiveness than permission. The more i look at the Brazilian Black, the mkre i want one. They are such handsome spiders.
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    Hello and welcome. My wife tolerates the spiders very well because if she didn't, she knows I'd replace them all with snakes. :)

    Yep. Little spiders in little plastic boxes are just fine with her.
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    Thanks Tom. Thats a great idea except we already have a sand boa and she likes snakes. i could tell her that instead of tarantulas i could get highly venomous spiders like the black widow, six eyed sand, Sydney funnel, brown recluse, and maybe a couple Brazilian wandering spiders. Im sure she would much rather have the weaker venomous Ts.
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