132 episodes

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, 103 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.

    When Tarantulas Burrow

    When Tarantulas Burrow

    A discussion about burrowing tarantulas

    • 43 min
    Veterinary Care and the "Non Science" Behind Rehousings

    Veterinary Care and the "Non Science" Behind Rehousings

    A discussion about bringing tarantulas to the vet and when to rehouse.

    • 54 min
    Sicarius thomisoides Notes (and Other Ramblings!)

    Sicarius thomisoides Notes (and Other Ramblings!)

    To kick this one off, we discuss the care of Sicarius thomisoides, the "Six-eyed Sand Spider." Then, I ramble a bit about about a recent funny anecdote. 

    • 47 min
    The Pitfalls of Exaggerating (or Downplaying) the Risks of Keeping Venomous Arachnids

    The Pitfalls of Exaggerating (or Downplaying) the Risks of Keeping Venomous Arachnids

    A discussion about downplaying or exaggerating the risks of keeping venomous inverts.

    • 49 min
    Xenesthis Species First Impressions (and "Swampy" Enclosures)

    Xenesthis Species First Impressions (and "Swampy" Enclosures)

    In this episode, I discuss my first impressions with the genus Xenesthis.

    • 42 min
    The Anthropomorphization of Tarantulas

    The Anthropomorphization of Tarantulas

    We all do it to some extent, and it some cases it's fun and harmless. But what happens when assigning human characteristics to our spiders inhibits our ability to care for them correctly? In this episode, we'll discuss some of the pros and cons when we...

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
103 Ratings

103 Ratings

Jessalyn Zografos ,

So educational and fun!!

I am super thankful for Tom and all of his information. I’m still pretty new to the hobby and listening has made me confident to take care of my new T’s and also much better more in depth perspective on caring for them than I’m used to finding on the internet!

-cam b. ,

Absolute unit in this community

Can’t wait to binge more🙂. Very informative and reliable

lesleycheryl ,

Amazing

I couldn’t even look at a picture of a spider(although I was fascinated). Listening to this podcast and watching his YouTube channel has changed me forever. Now I would love more than anything to have a tarantula. They are beautiful to me now. Tom explains everything; from husbandry to rehousing. Thank you SO much!

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