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Tom's Big Spiders - Tarantulas and Inverts
61 minutes | Jan 29, 2023
Tarantula Collection Organization and Management (and How to Prevent Burnout)
What are some ways to organize and manage the expenses of a growing tarantula collection? How can you ensure that caring for your animals doesn't become a burden? In this episode, suggested by listener EarthsGeomancer, I discuss the following points. Labeling T enclosures Record keeping Scheduling Being time efficient and making time for other hobbies Tracking and inventorying feeders, substrate, containers, and other supplies Avoiding burnout due to the more repetitive requirements of the hobby A huge thanks to EarthsGeomancer for the Suggestion!Note: The tarantula keeper collection aps. discussed in this podcast are ExotiKeeper and Arachnifiles.
61 minutes | Jan 22, 2023
The First Annual TBS Spider Awards! 2022 Year in Review
...or, my creative way of trying to answer a bunch of common questions in an entertaining year-in-review format!Seriously, while trying to figure out a fun way to answer some of the questions I get about my favorite, or largest, or shyest, or WHATEVER tarantulas, I came up with the idea of a fake award show! Hopefully, folks find this entertaining (and not too embarrassing), and it becomes an annual tradition. Awards to be given are: Tiny Diamond Award (Most Gorgeous Slings) The Queen Memorial Award for Pet Rock of the Year Webber of the Year (To the Spider with the Most Webbing) Pet Dirt Award for The Most Shy and Elusive Spider The “Better Put Me in Your Will” Award for Slowest Growing Spider Enclosure of the Year Award Biggest Surprise of the Year In Memoriam - The Spiders We Lost This Year The Pitbull Award for Most Aggressive Spider The “Hey, Wait…That’s Not a Tarantula” Award for Favorite Non-Spider Critter The Tarantula Titan Award for Largest Spider Eight-Legged Jewel Award (Most Beautiful Spider) Spider of the Year Feel free to share your own!
44 minutes | Jan 15, 2023
Listener Comments on Last Episode and Ephebopus Update
First, I read and discuss some comments from listeners about last week's episode. Then, I give some updates on my Ephebopus species.
65 minutes | Jan 8, 2023
5 New Years Wishes for Those Just Getting into the Tarantula Hobby
To start the New Year, I got to thinking about what aspects of the hobby tend to give new tarantula keepers the most trouble. In this episode, I share five points that would make the hobby easier and less stressful for those just starting it.
47 minutes | Jan 1, 2023
"Dying" Tarantula Mystery and Pseudhapalopus sp. Blue Care
HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope that everyone had a safe holiday season. To begin this episode, I'll talk about the mysterious case of my dying E. murinus juvenile. Then, we'll discuss the care for Pseudhapalopus sp. blue.
60 minutes | Dec 18, 2022
Questions Every Tarantula Keeper Gets Asked
We've all been there. When people find out that we choose to keep tarantulas as pets, the questions inevitably start flying. Some of them are good questions. Others? Not so much. In this episode, we talk about the questions tarantula keepers are most commonly asked.
46 minutes | Dec 11, 2022
Cleaning Tarantula Enclosures
One of the reasons tarantulas are such easy pets is because they are relatively clean animals. That said, there are times when a cleaning, either partial or in full, is warranted. In this episode, we'll discuss the when and how to clean our spiders' enclosures when needed. I also share some tips about how to clean up those delicate acrylics without scratching them all up.
43 minutes | Dec 4, 2022
Three Thrixopelma Species
In this this episode, I share some observations on three species of Thrixopelma, a very underrated genus.
78 minutes | Nov 27, 2022
Bad Tarantula Dealers - How Do They Get Away With It for So Long?
Well, it was "recently" made public that another once popular tarantula dealer has disappeared after taking a WHOLE lot of money from unsuspecting customers. While some folks seemed to be surprised by the fact that this individual was shady, they shouldn't have been. There was evidence 18 months ago that this dealer was trying to skirt the law by selling so-called "hybrid" Sri Lankan Poecilotheria species, and after I did a podcast about it, even more info came out. In this episode, talk about how these bad vendors manage to operate so long even after word starts to leak out that they may not be as reputable as they seem. We also discuss some tips to protect yourself when shopping online for tarantulas. Have you been impacted? Find more info about the Facebook group HERE.
49 minutes | Nov 20, 2022
10 Things That Can Stress Out Keepers When the Weather Gets Cold
Well, it's 34 degrees out and the heat has kicked on, so it's that time of year again! With temperatures dropping, tarantula keepers have a few new things to worry about when it comes to their animals. In this episode, we discuss 10 issues keepers might encounter during wintertime.
51 minutes | Nov 13, 2022
Aphonopelma Genus Discussion
In this episode, we discuss care for the genus Aphonopelma.
77 minutes | Nov 6, 2022
Raising Tarantula Slings - A Guide
In this episode, I share all of the info and tips I can think of when it comes to buying and raising tarantula slings.
60 minutes | Oct 30, 2022
Tarantula Laws in Other Countries and My Response to an Angry Comment on Last Week's Episode
So, last week's episode certainly made some waves! To kick this one off, I'll share some comments I received about tarantula sales laws in other countries. Then, we'll tackle some questions and comments on last week's episode, including one by a very angry breeder. Sadly, it wasn't the only one that I received. In this episode, I use this negative feedback to clarify and to better articulate the message that I'm trying to get out there.Note: To clarify a point, when Brazil declared to USFWS that they had not allowed the legal exportation of any species of tarantulas from their country, by letter of law from the Lacey Act, this made any species endemic only to Brazil illegal to own in the US. However, the USFWS has yet to enforce that part of the law and is being VERY reasonable in recognizing that many of these species have been bought and traded for years. However, if we continue to ignore the laws they ARE currently enforcing, that could all change.
54 minutes | Oct 23, 2022
Laws to Be Aware of When Buying Tarantulas in the US (and Feeding Schedules)
After the last podcast, I had several folks email me about the legalities of ordering Sri Lankan Poecilotheria species across state lines. In this episode, we will examine some of the other legal issues folks in the US need to be aware of so that they are not tricked into breaking the law by unscrupulous dealers. Then, we disuss feeding schedules and why it is never one-size-fits-all.
39 minutes | Oct 16, 2022
An Interview with Emile and Erin from The Tarantula Sustainment Project
In this episode, Erin Cashel and Emile Weber join me to talk about the Tarantula Sustainment Project, a new initiative to grow breeding in the US and to ensure all species remain available from state to state. Want to take part? Just click this link!
48 minutes | Oct 9, 2022
Tips to Make Your First Poecilotheria Experience Less Intimidating
First, we talk about the new "Tarantula Capital of the World", La Junta, Colorado where citizens are embracing their local tarantula population in an amazing way.Then, it's International Poecilotheria Appreciation Day! Okay, I might have made that up... However, I've made it very well known how much I adore this genus, and it bothers me that so many folks have been completely turned off to ever keeping one due to their bad reputation. In this episode, I share some tips to make the first time pokie keeper's experience a bit less intimidating.Click here to read the article about La Junta!
54 minutes | Oct 2, 2022
When Panic Leads to "Over Caring" for Your Tarantulas
Tarantulas are some of the easiest and most low-maintainance pets a person can keep. However, for those used to spending more time caring for more domestic animals, this aspect of the hobby can be the cause of some anxiety. In this episode, we discuss some situations that lead stressed out keepers to "over care" for their spiders.
63 minutes | Sep 25, 2022
Tarantulas As Pets - The Good, the Bad, and the Misunderstood.
To kick this episode off, we will discuss some listener comments from last week's episode that reveal another potentially overlooked threat to our pets.Then, we talk about the pros and cons involved with keeping pet tarantulas as we try to explain why we are so captivated by this hobby. Want to comment on this episode? Click here to go to the new podcast website!
54 minutes | Sep 18, 2022
I Killed My Tarantula - How Do I Forgive Myself?
First, we're going to start off this episode by talking about some comments on the All Male Review episode.Then, we all make mistakes. However, when an error leads to the death of one of our spiders, how do we get over it? Want to comment on this episode? Click here to go to the new podcast website!
47 minutes | Sep 11, 2022
Male Tarantulas - Should He Stay or Should He Go?
In this episode, we discuss mature males and whether or not it's okay to be picky about who you send your males to and whether it's okay to keep your mature males.Want to comment and upvote this podcast? Then join me at Onpodium.
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