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Tarantulas Is this a good idea?

Tarantulas Is this a good idea? Topic: Tarantula research
July 15, 2019 / By Lindsay
Question: I have a very huge fear of spiders, I saw one in my room yesterday and screamed so my parents down stairs ran up thinking it was a killer, when it was a spider. To get over my fear, I'm debating if I should get a pet tarantula, but at the same time I want a guinea pig. But I don't want both because I have school and I can't care for a dog, guinea, and tarantula, so.. Is this a good idea to get over my fear of spiders? Or is this completely idiotic?
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Kailyn Kailyn | 9 days ago
tarantulas don't require much care. And certain types are better for beginners. I suggest doing online research about the type of tarantula you want then decide if you want one. I got over my fear of snakes with a pet cornsnake
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Kailyn Originally Answered: How can I convince my mom that tarantulas are not dangerous?
Show her your research. Just prove to her that they are harmless and hopefully she will listen to reason. If not, then just make a compromise with her to keep the tarantula in its cage while she is around :). Well... If you showed her the info, and she is still afraid then you might just tell your mom that you are going to trust the research done by experts. If she wants to believe word of mouth over actual facts, then that is her own problem. Make a compromise with her if she is so worried about it. Just keep your tarantula in its cage while she is around. When she is not around, then you can take her our for as long as you want :D.
Kailyn Originally Answered: How can I convince my mom that tarantulas are not dangerous?
just ask her the same question u asked us :Why would she believe the idiots that know nothing about tarantulas, over someone who actually did her research?
Kailyn Originally Answered: How can I convince my mom that tarantulas are not dangerous?
tell her the worst thing that will happen is a bite..which is basically the same thing as being bitten by a bee...irritating,but not deadly. And the other thing that might happen is you get flicked with her hairs...may get a rash..but that's it.....not deadly at all!!

Kailyn Originally Answered: Rose haired tarantulas? calling all tarantula owners! 10 points guaranteed?
Enclosures could be as cheep as $10, or as expensive as $120. You could use a simple plastic storage box with air holes drilled into it, 2-3 inches deep organic potting soil (making sure there are not artificial fertilizers or pesticides), a peanut butter jar lid for a water dish, and a half buried flower pot or large cup for a shelter and that would be adequate for a chilean rose. A lot of those items you may be able to find at your house right now. For a *nice* setup, you can get a 5 gallon glass cage, or go to tarantulacages.com and get a cage specifically made for tarantulas out of acrylic plastic. Those cages run about 32-56 dollars. You could get a brick of instant Eco Earth which runs about 9 dollars, a fancy water dish for 5, and a nice hide for around 12. Feel free to do some shopping around. Tarantulas will eat about anything they can overpower. The main supply of food for pet tarantulas, however, is store bought crickets. These crickets usually run 1$ a dozen and you will only need to feed the tarantula 2-3 every other week. If you can't get them at a local pet shop, the crickets from a bait shop will do. Common alternatives to crickets are mealworms, waxworms, dubia roaches, and pinky mice if the tarantula is large enough. Remember not to feed anything to the tarantula that is larger than it's abdomen, as the prey might turn the tables and injure or kill your tarantula. I also suggest you read the following for research on how to take care of the tarantula; http://www.arachnopets.com/tarantulas/ti... http://www.arachnopets.com/tarantulas/tc... If you can afford it, I would strongly recommend you get the book "Tarantulas and Other Arachnids" by Samuel D. Marshall. The book usually runs 8.99, but is priceless to the beginner tarantula owner.
Kailyn Originally Answered: Rose haired tarantulas? calling all tarantula owners! 10 points guaranteed?
You will need a 10 gallon aquarium, a small heat pad, substrate like bark or forest bedding, a shallow water dish, calcium dust for crickets, dechloinator for tap water or spring water, a hiding spot like a half log or such, any decorations you want and definitely a secure lid with clips! They also appreciate their homes to be a little private so something to cover the back and sides of the tank I would say plan on spending in the ballpark of 70 dollars for your initial set-up. You can do it more cheaply but it won't look as nice. A book an tarantula care, a temperature and humidity guage are a few other things you may want to add at about $20 also, I would wait a couple of days before buying crickets, let the spider get settled in its new home first.
Kailyn Originally Answered: Rose haired tarantulas? calling all tarantula owners! 10 points guaranteed?
Ok the cage should probably be about 1 1/2 to 2 feet long and a foot wide. I think a 5 to 10 gallon tank would be good. The cage would probably be between 10 to 40 dollars, depending on what size you choose. here are some examples: I personally think this one is too small, but it would work http://www.cityofportsmouth.com/School/d... This is probably the ideal size. A five gallon tank. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v471/b... These might be too expensive, but would provide the best quality of life for your turantula. They're ten gallon tanks http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/9598/pi... http://www.ubertux.net/cages/10gal.jpg http://www.arachnoboards.com/ab/attachment.php?attachmentid=69082&d=1202488463 They eat crickets primarily, which aren't too expensive. About 5 to 10 dollars per batch. If you give the crickets water they should last a while. Also, it will need something to hide in and/or climb on. A simple cardboard box or paper bowl with a hole cut in the side would work, but might not look to good. You could collect thick would branches from outside for it to climb on or make a small cave out of rocks you gather. That is the cheapest way but not always the safest way. The best thing to do would be to buy stuff from the petstore, which usually cost anywhere from 5 to 20 dollars. Good luck with your new pet! :)

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