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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

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    • 5.0 • 136 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.

    Top 100+ Favorite Tarantulas A-Z Commentary Pt. 2

    Top 100+ Favorite Tarantulas A-Z Commentary Pt. 2

    In the second part of this feature, I discuss the spiders in my collection G-0 (yes, there will be a part 3!).

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Top 100+ Favorite Tarantulas A-Z Commentary Pt. 1

    Top 100+ Favorite Tarantulas A-Z Commentary Pt. 1

    With the collection tour video now live, the only real criticism that I've received on it is that people missed my commentary. Unfortunately, I didn't feel like I could do any of the spiders justice in the short time I had for each clip, so I went with soothing ambient music instead. However, I thought that it would be fun to supply my "director's commentary" in the form of a podcast! This is the first part featuring some thoughts and anecdotes on species A-E.
     
    WATCH THE VIDEO HERE! 

    • 59 min
    There Are Levels to This...Right?

    There Are Levels to This...Right?

    First, I talk a bit about the full collection video I'm putting together. Then, it's on to the main topic in which we discuss the controversy around beginner lists or people jumping in with old worlds. 

    • 48 min
    Let's Talk About Substrate!

    Let's Talk About Substrate!

    In this episode, we'll revisit the topic of substrate and review some of the popular choices as well as discuss some additives and mixtures. 

    • 48 min
    My Favorite Old World Species...For Now

    My Favorite Old World Species...For Now

    After attempting to make a video featuring my top 5 favorite old world tarantulas back in 2017, I figured that it would be fun to revisit the topic again now that I've added more to my collection. As always, this is just a list of some of MY favorites, and not a list of ones I think are the "best." Enjoy! 

    • 54 min
    Crisis of Confidence

    Crisis of Confidence

    What do you do when you suddenly feel like you're second-guessing your ability to care for your animals?

    In this episode, we discuss some scenarios that lead to folks losing their confidence in their ability to care for their tarantulas as well as some ways to avoid these situations. 

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
136 Ratings

136 Ratings

texianne ,

Great delivery of essential info

This is the best place I’ve found for clear and concise tarantula-keeping information. I appreciate Tom’s non-judgmental attitude toward hobbyists, but always having the tarantula’s welfare at the fore.

Joelle70406 ,

Great Podcast

The Queen is gone :( I actually cried. I’m sorry for your loss Tom & family.
Keep doing what you’re doing! Much love to you & your family.

Mister Cubano ,

Awesome

Listen all the time in the car and when working in the garage. Great info and appreciate what you do . Thanks.

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