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Fantastic sp, welcome to TF
View attachment 37261 Lol, that's not what I would call an intermediate tarantula. Most of the hobby would say that's upper level advanced, but that and harpactira pulchirpes where my first. I've been a tarantula dad for 3 weeks now. Here's my enclosure. Also, welcome to the group.
I started with an OBT and no I wouldn't recommend it as a beginner T but then I wouldn't dissuade anyone from buying one as long as they know what they are capable of. My first one I got as a Juvi and she was more timid than aggressive. I always made sure I knew where she was before opening her container. I now have both a Usambara and a Tete, both reared from slings and they are following the same way, both will run and hide rather than stand and attack.Yes! I agree, OBT's are NOT beginner tarantulas.
If you do enough research you can start with whatever’s you want.
If you have done a few months to a years worth of research I think the average person would be fine starting with whatever T they want though.While that theory may hold some truth, I still think it's best to get something better for a beginner.
I am a horse owner and I would never suggest a beginner to " Do research" and go out and buy a Thoroughbred stallion.