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The Lone Tarantula Keeper

lonertopaz

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Hey Hi Hello

My name is Amber. I am a tarantula enthusiast from SW MO and have been in the hobby actively (keeping spoods) for the past 5-7 years. I currently only have one, a female g. Pulchripes, and she has converted from pet rock to pet hole… I haven’t seen her for the better part of a month. I hope she molts soon and comes out all shiny and big. I decided to look for a new place to connect with tarantula keepers since Reddit was ending up to be a toxic place and the subreddit deviated from just tarantulas, which to me (and a couple others who got mocked/made fun of) is annoying. I hope to learn more and connect with like-minded individuals here, maybe even make a friend or two along the way. It is difficult for me to find friends in this hobby locally because I refuse to use Facebook anymore and that is really the only place to find “groups” in my area. If I get to see my girl soon and get a molt out of it I will be sure to share here!!

Thanks for reading,
lonertopaz
 

DustyD

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Welcome. Lots to read and people to talk with here. When your girl does come out with her new coat, or not, feel free to share a picture.

I have an adult female G. pulchripes who is slowing down a bit but who still manages to hustle to attack the water stream when I fill her water dish.
 

Enn49

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Hi Amber and welcome. :)
You've found the right place now, we're a friendly bunch here.
 

lonertopaz

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Welcome. Lots to read and people to talk with here. When your girl does come out with her new coat, or not, feel free to share a picture.

I have an adult female G. pulchripes who is slowing down a bit but who still manages to hustle to attack the water stream when I fill her water dish.
Thank you for such a warm welcome. I do hope she comes out soon, hahah.

To be honest, she wasn’t my first pick for a tarantula, but I’ve grown very fond of her. She’s never kicked hairs at me, but has attacked the tongs I use to get her water dish out of her enclosure. No attacking water yet, but that can always change. How old is your girl? Mine is about 4 years old and still not full grown.. She went on a hunger strike for a very long time and even longer (2+ years) without a molt.
 

lonertopaz

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Hi Amber and welcome. :)
You've found the right place now, we're a friendly bunch here.
Thank you thank you!!

I’m really glad to have found this forum. I have Tom Moran to thank for that. After the experience that left a bad taste in my mouth with that subreddit, I Googled “tarantula groups” and his blog post about this forum was one of the first results. :) I’m thrilled to be here and can’t wait to see what all there is to read and look at!!!
 

DustyD

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Thank you for such a warm welcome. I do hope she comes out soon, hahah.

To be honest, she wasn’t my first pick for a tarantula, but I’ve grown very fond of her. She’s never kicked hairs at me, but has attacked the tongs I use to get her water dish out of her enclosure. No attacking water yet, but that can always change. How old is your girl? Mine is about 4 years old and still not full grown.. She went on a hunger strike for a very long time and even longer (2+ years) without a molt.
I bought her at 1.5 or so inches and have had her just under two years. She has grown a lot and I estimate her leg span about 4-5 inches. Here she is when I got her ( I scrawled a note to my sister who is afraid of spiders) and the other is from two months ago. The blue water dish is 3 inches long and almost as wide.
Edit: she was not my first choice, but she has been my favorite.


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MBullock

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I dont like reddit either but for different reasons- they're always infested with shills for something.
And every once-in-a-while, a really BAD bot will waltz in and say horrible stuff lol.
I prefer this style of social interaction, really.. It allows alot more freedom- BBcode FTW!

Welcome
 

lonertopaz

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I bought her at 1.5 or so inches and have had her just under two years. She has grown a lot and I estimate her leg span about 4-5 inches. Here she is when I got her ( I scrawled a note to my sister who is afraid of spiders) and the other is from two months ago. The blue water dish is 3 inches long and almost as wide.
Edit: she was not my first choice, but she has been my favorite.


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Ahhh so little!!! Mine was a little bit bigger at around 2-2.5” when I got her. Our girls look to be about the same size now. Wish mine hadn’t gone on a hunger strike for as long as she did cos I feel like it definitely stunted her growth…
 

lonertopaz

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I dont like reddit either but for different reasons- they're always infested with shills for something.
And every once-in-a-while, a really BAD bot will waltz in and say horrible stuff lol.
I prefer this style of social interaction, really.. It allows alot more freedom- BBcode FTW!

Welcome
Yeah I’m getting to the point that Reddit as a whole is starting to lose its appeal for me. The only thing keeping me around I think is the Stardew Valley subs. They are definitely less toxic than most of the others I’ve been on.

Thank you!!! Happy to be here :)
 

DustyD

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Ahhh so little!!! Mine was a little bit bigger at around 2-2.5” when I got her. Our girls look to be about the same size now. Wish mine hadn’t gone on a hunger strike for as long as she did cos I feel like it definitely stunted her growth…
I have been fortunate. Besides a six week hibernation to molt she has eaten pretty well. No long term hunger strikes, yet, but I am sure that is coming.
 

lonertopaz

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I have been fortunate. Besides a six week hibernation to molt she has eaten pretty well. No long term hunger strikes, yet, but I am sure that is coming.
Fortunate indeed, haha. I wonder if mine burrowing is her hibernating? Although she’s kept in a cabinet in our living room where we have a fireplace so she stays warm, so I’d be confused to say the least if she decided to hibernate… we’re going on 5 weeks now :/
 
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