I don't mind snakes and lizards, but spiders I can't stand. We have some giant wolf spiders here and they are super creepy. Troy picks them up with his bare hands. He loves all creepy crawlies. The boys have wanted a spider for a long time and I always said no, absolutely not!. Then they started doing some research and telling me some pretty interesting things about these guys. I finally gave in thinking this could be something educational for them. Anything for education, right?
We ordered this guy from a site called Jamie's Tarantulas. We ordered on Tuesday and he arrived in the mail on Friday. After all their research, they chose a curlyhair tarantula. They are usually calm and can be handled easier than others, although some folks feel they should never be handled. This guy is just a baby. I decided it would be best to go with a male instead of a female because they don't live as long. He will grow to be about 5-6 inches.
Tarantulas are not poisonous, but are venomous. They have fangs and all can bite you if they feel like it, but it would only be similar to a bee/wasp sting.
There are what's called Old World and New World tarantulas. We are beginners so we chose a New World guy, native to Costa Rica.
There are also arboreal (tree) and terrestrial (ground) tarantulas. Our guy is terrestrial. They tend to be calmer and move slower than arboreal.
I'm just going to say this, I still don't like spiders, but I'm not as freaked out as I used to be. And this guy is really interesting to watch. The boys love him! He's also an easy pet to take care of. Feed him once a week, provide shallow water dish, a place to hide and he's good.