Tom's Big Spiders - Tarantulas and Inverts

Tom's Big Spiders - Tarantulas and Inverts
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…

Knowing When to Say When - Keeping Your Collection from Becoming Unwieldy
Sep 15 • 56 min
This time around, we discuss how important it is to keep collections from becoming too large.
Chilobrachys sp. Electric Blue Notes
Sep 8 • 48 min
A discussion of Chilobrachy’s sp. Electric Blue Care
Ceratogyrus darlingi (The Rear Horned Baboon) Notes
Sep 1 • 51 min
Husbandry notes on the C. darlingi
Old Worlds As “Beginner Species”
Aug 25 • 50 min
A discussion about why I won’t recommend any Old Worlds as “beginner species”.
Some Breeding Projects and P. metallica Notes
Aug 18 • 48 min
A discussion of a couple breeding projects and P. metallica notes.
H. Chilensis Update, Substrate Talk, and the Importance of Foliage in Enclosures
Aug 11 • 45 min
A discussion about substrate and using fake foliage for cover and anchor points for webbing.
Did I Say That? Clarifying My Opinions on a Few Issues.
Aug 4 • 44 min
This episode, I’ll be clarifying my opinion on a few issues.
Best “Starter” Old World Tarantulas
Jul 28 • 48 min
A discussion of some species that make for good “beginner” Old World tarantulas.
Listener Questions Part 2 - Species that Gave me Trouble and Moving from Terrestrials to Arboreals
Jul 21 • 48 min
A discussion about making the transition from terrestrials to arboreals.
Listener Questions Part 1 - Mold/Fungus, Protecting Ts from Other Pets, and Teaching vs. Scolding
Jul 15 • 45 min
A discussion about mold/fungus, teaching vs. scolding, and protecting our collections from other pets.
Some Activities for “Advanced” Keepers to Keep the Hobby Fresh (and Updates!).
Jul 8 • 44 min
A few updates and then a discussion of activities advanced keepers can do to keep the hobby fresh.
Using Tarantulas to Get Over a Fear of Spiders
Jun 30 • 44 min
A discussion about using tarantulas to get over a fear of spiders
A Rainbow of Tarantulas and My Top 10 List of Personal Favorite Spiders
Jun 23 • 50 min
A discussion about my top 10 personal favorite tarantulas.
The “Aggressive” Tarantula Myth (and How to Decrease Defensiveness)
Jun 17 • 45 min
A discussion about the difference between aggression and defensiveness in tarantulas
Accidental Mystery Spiders (or Buying a Mislabeled Tarantula)
Jun 10 • 43 min
A Discussion About Mislabeled Tarantulas.
Ants! Protecting Your Spiders from These Invaders
Jun 2 • 38 min
A discussion of what to do if you find ants around your tarantulas
A Sick Tarantula and H. devamatha Care Notes
May 26 • 34 min
A discussion of H. devamatha
Sericopelma sp. Santa Catalina and Pseudhapalopus sp blue
May 19 • 40 min
Note on Sericopelma sp. Santa Catalina and Pseudhapalopus sp blue
H. chilensis “Chilean Flame” Fasting Issues
May 12 • 37 min
A discussion of adult H. chilensis Fasting and Odd Molts
Theraphosa blondi and a Substrate Update
May 5 • 44 min
A discussion of Theraphosa blondi and some Substrate Thoughts.
A Huge Thank You, Some Updates, and N. tripepii
Apr 28 • 43 min
A thank you and a discussion of N. tripepii.
Crypsidromus sp. Costa Rica (Black emilia) and Sling Deaths
Apr 21 • 37 min
Husbandry information for Crypsidromus sp. Costa Rica.
Bioactive Enclosures Update and the GBB as a Beginner Species
Apr 14 • 46 min
A discussion on whether the GBB really makes for a good beginner tarantula.
Aphonopelma Review
Apr 7 • 32 min
A discussion of the genus Aphonopelma.
The Water Dish Debate and Bioactive Updates
Mar 31 • 43 min
A discussion about water dishes and tarantulas.
P. metallica Communal Rehouse and Isopod Issues
Mar 24 • 38 min
An update on my P. metallica communal and isopod problems.
Ordering Tarantulas Online - Some Things to Know
Mar 17 • 42 min
Some things to consider when ordering tarantulas online
Poecilotheria Review Update
Mar 10 • 45 min
A discussion of the Poecilotheria genus.
Moisture Dependent Species (and the Lingering Importance of Damp Substrate)
Mar 3 • 39 min
A discussion about moisture dependent tarantulas.
First Bioactive Tarantula Setup
Feb 24 • 29 min
A discussion about my first attempt at a bioactive tarantula setup.
Some Thoughts on Last Week’s Episode and Communal Updates
Feb 17 • 40 min
An explanation for last weeks negative podcast as well as some communal updates.
Review of “Tarantula Spiders as Pets” as Well as Some Bioactive Enclosure News
Feb 10 • 45 min
bio dude, Tarantulas, tarantula care. bioactive enclosures, tarantula spiders as pets
Selecting the Right Enclosure Size and a New Tarantula Magazine
Feb 3 • 34 min
A discussion about how to pick the correct size enclosure for your tarantula.
Explaining Large Tarantula Collections to Family and Friends
Jan 27 • 46 min
A discussion about how we can attempt to explain our large tarantula collections.
A Comparison of Different Enclosure Types (Glass, Acrylic, and Plastic Bins)
Jan 20 • 37 min
Some pros and cons of acrylic, glass, and plastic bin enclosures.
Listener Questions Part 2
Jan 13 • 38 min
We address some listener questions.
Listener Questions Part 1
Jan 6 • 58 min
Seven Listener Questions Answered
Is It Okay to Start Spiderlings in Adult Enclosures?
Dec 31, 2018 • 38 min
A discussion about why it might not be a good idea to start slings in adult enclosures.
Ordering and Shipping Tarantulas in the Winter
Dec 23, 2018 • 36 min
Some hints and things to think about before shipping tarantulas in the Winter.
The Importance (and Pitfalls) of Tarantula YouTube Channels
Dec 16, 2018 • 44 min
A discussion of some of the benefits and challenges with tarantula YouTube channels.
Tarantula Communal Setup Updates
Dec 9, 2018 • 37 min
A discussion of my M. balfouri, N. incei, P. metallica, and T. stigmurus communal setups
Will the Real G. Pulchra Please Stand Up?
Dec 2, 2018 • 32 min
A discussion about whether the tarantula sold as Grammostola pulchra a similar but different species.
Things I Wish I Knew About Tarantulas Before I Got Into the Hobby Pt. 2
Nov 25, 2018 • 47 min
Some things I wish I had known before getting into the tarantula hobby.
Tips for Getting Your Tarantulas Ready for Winter
Nov 19, 2018 • 39 min
Some tips for “winterizing” your tarantula collection.
Top 15 Favorite Tarantulas (At the Moment!)
Nov 12, 2018 • 46 min
A list of my top 15 favorite tarantula species at the moment.
A Discussion of the Nat Geo Article on the Tarantula Trade
Nov 4, 2018 • 40 min
A discussion of the National Geographic article on the tarantula trade
Euathlus sp. red No More!
Oct 28, 2018 • 31 min
A discussion of the newest name changes for Euathlus sp. red and T. gigas.
Handling Tarantulas - A Discussion
Oct 21, 2018 • 44 min
A discussion of the pros and cons of handling tarantulas
DKS In Tarantulas - A Paper Review
Oct 8, 2018 • 32 min
A review of a recent paper on tarantula DKS and its possible causes.
Chilobrachys Species Review
Sep 30, 2018 • 39 min
A review of the care for Chilobrachys species tarantulas.
Hobby Infighting and Why We Need to Be More Mature and Learn to Get Along
Sep 23, 2018 • 57 min
tarantulas, tarantula vendors, high tarantula prices, Poecilotheria
Mixed Bag ft. A Call for Help, Substrate, and Buying Ts to Get Over a Fear of Spiders
Sep 16, 2018 • 45 min
A mixed bag including a few different tarantula topics.
How the Poecilotheria Ruling Highlights the Issue With Hybrids.
Sep 9, 2018 • 37 min
Why the recent Poecilotheria ruling highlights the issues with hybrids.
Thoughts on Keeping Fossorial Ts Like Terrestrials (and My Issue with Trolls)
Sep 2, 2018 • 33 min
A discussion of why I’m not quite fond of keeping burrowing Ts on shallow substrate.
The “Hobby Staple” Tarantula List
Aug 26, 2018 • 38 min
A list of tarantulas that everyone should keep at some point.
Tips for Managing a Large Tarantula Collection
Aug 19, 2018 • 39 min
If your tarantula collection is exploding, here are some tips for managing it.
Fun with Bad Tarantula Articles! (Or, How Bad Info Is Created and Spread)
Aug 14, 2018 • 36 min
A fun reading and discussion of a questionable article about tarantulas.
Fish and Wildlife Service Ruling on Sri Lankan Poecilotheria Species.
Aug 5, 2018 • 37 min
A discussion of the the FWS recent ruling on Sri Lankan Poecilotheria species.
The “Overcomplication” of the Tarantula Hobby
Jul 29, 2018 • 46 min
A discussion of what makes an “advanced” keeper and how we tend to overcomplicate the hobby.
Tarantula Seizure and the “Panic”
Jul 22, 2018 • 42 min
A discussion of the recent seizure of tarantulas and the response of the hobby.
“Intermediate Level” Tarantulas
Jul 15, 2018 • 54 min
A discussion of some tarantula species that make good stepping stones to the “advanced” spiders.
Tarantula Common vs. Scientific Names
Jul 8, 2018 • 34 min
A discussion of tarantula scientific and common names
Tarantula Communal Setups
Jul 1, 2018 • 39 min
A discussion of some of the tarantula species that can be successful in a communal setup.
Convincing Your Mate to Let You Get a Tarantula
Jun 24, 2018 • 40 min
Some tips for convincing your significant other to allow you to get tarantulas.
Poecilotheria Genus
Jun 17, 2018 • 45 min
A discussion of the Poecilotheria genus, it’s care, and its undeserved reputation.
A Little Venting … And Substrate Woes Part 2
Jun 10, 2018 • 41 min
A little venting as well as an update on some topsoil substrate issues.
Is Keeping Tarantulas in Captivity Wrong?
Jun 3, 2018 • 43 min
A discussion about the “morality” of keeping tarantulas.
Brown Boxing - The Tarantula Hobby’s Dirty Little Secret
May 27, 2018 • 43 min
A discussion of the illegal practice of “brown boxing” tarantulas into the US.
Spotting Bad Care Guides
May 20, 2018 • 37 min
How to spot bad care sheets - a walk through!
Substrate Woes
May 13, 2018 • 44 min
A discussion of gnats as well as some cautions to those who use topsoil for tarantulas.
May 6, 2018 • 39 min
A discussion of some of the common feeder insects along with pros and cons of each.
ICUs, Tiny Slings, and Shipping!
Apr 29, 2018 • 31 min
A discussion of tarantula ICUs, tiny slings, and the legalities of shipping.
State of the Hobby (Facebook Q&A)
Apr 22, 2018 • 29 min
A discussion of the state of the tarantula hobby, urticating hairs, and finding good husbandry info.
Monocentropus balfouri Communal Reflections
Apr 15, 2018 • 36 min
Observations and notes on my M. balfouri communal setup.
So, You Want a Tarantula - Here’s What You Need To Know
Apr 8, 2018 • 50 min
Everything you need to know before getting into the tarantula hobby.
Tarantula Deaths In the Collection
Apr 1, 2018 • 32 min
Some things to consider if you lose a tarantula in your collection.
The Myth of Power Feeding Tarantulas
Mar 25, 2018 • 33 min
What is “powerfeedIng” when it comes to tarantulas?
Breeding Tarantulas - Some Things to Consider
Mar 18, 2018 • 41 min
Are you thinking of breeding some Tarantulas? Here are some point to consider.
Beginner Tarantula Lists…Beneficial or a Misleading?
Mar 11, 2018 • 49 min
A discussion of tarantula “beginners” lists and their value to the hobby.
Tarantula Cage Size - A Discussion
Mar 4, 2018 • 33 min
What to consider when picking the correct cage size for your Tarantula.
Children in the Tarantula Hobby
Feb 25, 2018 • 33 min
In this episode, we talk about kids in the hobby, “room temperature”, and substrates.
Things I Wish I Knew About Tarantulas Before I Got Into the Hobby
Feb 18, 2018 • 32 min
Things I wish I knew about tarantulas BEFORE getting into the hobby.
Snakes to Tarantulas - Do other Exotic Pets Prepare You For Tarantulas?
Feb 11, 2018 • 30 min
Do other exotic pets help prepare you for keeping tarantulas?
Special Bonus Q & A Episode
Feb 4, 2018 • 31 min
A Q & A addressing topics including communal setups, premolt, and nematodes.
Tom’s Big Spiders … The Podcast! (Pilot)
Feb 3, 2018 • 26 min
In this episode, I’m discussing feeding tarantulas dead prey, the problem with measuring humidity, and shipping spiders in the winter.