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A podcast devoted to the proper care and upkeep of tarantulas and other inverts. After keeping a G. porteri for over 16 years, I decided that I wanted to add another tarantula to my collection. Several years later, I now keep over 100 specimens and 90+ different species. It’s safe to say that I am now completely addicted to the hobby.I’m NOT an expert, and I’m currently still learning about keeping these fascinating creatures. In fact, there are so many species, that I suspect that I’ll still be learning years from now. This blog is a bit of a journal to track my interest in the hobby and to share some of the information I’ve learned. A teacher by trade, I enjoy passing along what I’ve information and techniques I’ve discovered and helping others in their successful pursuit of this hobby. I enjoy hearing from folks, whether through comments on the blog or email.I have done and continue to do a lot of research, and I will only be discussing animals I personally keep, so the information I present should be current and accurate. I also regularly update older posts with current photos, observations, and information. However, this is an ever-evolving hobby, so I implore anyone interested in keeping these animals to use whatever they find here as a springboard for further research on techniques or species-specific care.

Tom's Big Spiders - Tarantulas and Inverts Tom Moran

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 194 Ratings

A podcast devoted to the proper care and upkeep of tarantulas and other inverts. After keeping a G. porteri for over 16 years, I decided that I wanted to add another tarantula to my collection. Several years later, I now keep over 100 specimens and 90+ different species. It’s safe to say that I am now completely addicted to the hobby.I’m NOT an expert, and I’m currently still learning about keeping these fascinating creatures. In fact, there are so many species, that I suspect that I’ll still be learning years from now. This blog is a bit of a journal to track my interest in the hobby and to share some of the information I’ve learned. A teacher by trade, I enjoy passing along what I’ve information and techniques I’ve discovered and helping others in their successful pursuit of this hobby. I enjoy hearing from folks, whether through comments on the blog or email.I have done and continue to do a lot of research, and I will only be discussing animals I personally keep, so the information I present should be current and accurate. I also regularly update older posts with current photos, observations, and information. However, this is an ever-evolving hobby, so I implore anyone interested in keeping these animals to use whatever they find here as a springboard for further research on techniques or species-specific care.

    Not What I Expected - 7 Tarantula Species That Defied Expectation

    Not What I Expected - 7 Tarantula Species That Defied Expectation

    In this episode, I will talk about seven tarantula species that defied the expectations that I had for them after I did my research.

    • 50 min
    The "Spectrum" of Tarantula Terrestrial, Fossorial, and Arboreal Enclosure Setups

    The "Spectrum" of Tarantula Terrestrial, Fossorial, and Arboreal Enclosure Setups

    Recently, I did a podcast about some of my terrestrial spiders that appreciated room to dig as adults. Since then, I've received questions about fossorial spiders that seem to want to live terrestrially, and even arboreal spiders that prefer to burrow a bit. Is this behavior cause for worry? In this episode, I'll break down why it is not and explain why we should expect a spectrum of behavior when it comes to our spiders.

    • 50 min
    Common Tarantula Keeper Mistakes Part 2

    Common Tarantula Keeper Mistakes Part 2

    I first covered this topic back in December of 2021. However, as the years have passed, I have encountered some new issues troubling hobbyists. In this episode, I'll break down ten of them.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Tips for Raising Huntsman Spiders

    Tips for Raising Huntsman Spiders

    A few years ago, I started keeping several Heteropoda (Huntsman) species, and it was quite the learning curve in many ways. In this episode, I'll discuss the care, as well as tips, for raising huntsman spiders.

    • 41 min
    Tarantula Setups - Real vs. Fake Plants

    Tarantula Setups - Real vs. Fake Plants

    When setting up a tarantula habitat, there are usually four main "ingredients": substrate, a hide, a water dish, and plants. However, when putting plants in an enclosure, is it better to use real or fake plants? In this episode, I break down the pros and cons of both types. For those interested in check out my story in the Horror Over the Handlebars: A Yankee Scares Connecticut Horror Anthology, here is the LINK.

    • 45 min
    A Rainbow of Spiders 2 - Some of the Most Colorful Spiders I've Kept

    A Rainbow of Spiders 2 - Some of the Most Colorful Spiders I've Kept

    After doing a video featuring a rainbow of different spiders, I thought that it might be fun to do an "extended commentary" in which I cover even more species. My hope is that people might listen to this list and discover some colorful spiders they weren't initially aware of.

    • 1 hr 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
194 Ratings

194 Ratings

Chett Manly ,

A must listen if you’re even remotely interested in the hobby

Tom is a wonderful source of knowledge about Tarantulas and true spiders. I love that he does this as a passion instead of monetizing everything. Every episode I learn something or come away with a different perspective.

Clnfreak ,

I watch the YouTube videos and just got into listening to podcasts

I have watched almost every youtube video from Tom I always go to Tom to learn about a new species thst I’m interested in before I get them. Tom had great videos on just about everything in the hobby. I just got in to listening to podcasts (I know I’m late to the game)… I am learning more then I ever thought listening. Thank you Tom and billie for what you do for the hobby.

mb3513 ,

Love

Really enjoy having a tarantula podcast to listen to. I especially loved the one with your wife and the one with Luis. I hope you’ll have more guests but I enjoy every episode 😊

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