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…

Caribena versicolor “Antilles Pinktoe” Discussion
Oct 18 • 51 min
A discussion of C. versicolor husbandry
Does an Aggressive Feeding Schedule Impact Longevity?
Oct 11 • 45 min
A discussion about power feeding and its potential impact on tarantula longevity…and more!
Blue T News and When Species Are “Extinct” from the Hobby
Oct 4 • 45 min
Why are tarantulas blue and can species become “extinct” from the hobby?
Feeding - What Works for You?
Sep 27 • 42 min
A discussion about when and how much to feed tarantulas.
Beginner Anxiety (or When Will I Stop Worrying?)
Sep 20 • 42 min
A discussion of beginner anxiety.
P. metallica Communal Development
Sep 6 • 42 min
An unfortunate update on my P. metallica communal.
DKS Revisited and Cross Ventilation
Aug 30 • 38 min
A discussion of the symptoms known as DKS and cross ventilation.
Psalmopoeus Genus Review and Bioactive Thoughts
Aug 23 • 53 min
A discussion of the genus Psalmopoeus.
Tarantula Temperament and Putting Your Tarantula First
Aug 16 • 45 min
A discussion of tarantula temperaments.
Hoarding, Pet Store Hate, and Sacrificial Males
Aug 9 • 44 min
In this episode, we discuss pet stores, hoarding, and protecting males during breeding.
When Tarantulas Burrow
Aug 2 • 43 min
A discussion about burrowing tarantulas
Veterinary Care and the “Non Science” Behind Rehousings
Jul 26 • 54 min
A discussion about bringing tarantulas to the vet and when to rehouse.
Sicarius thomisoides Notes (and Other Ramblings!)
Jul 19 • 47 min
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.
The Pitfalls of Exaggerating (or Downplaying) the Risks of Keeping Venomous Arachnids
Jul 12 • 49 min
A discussion about downplaying or exaggerating the risks of keeping venomous inverts.
Xenesthis Species First Impressions (and “Swampy” Enclosures)
Jul 5 • 42 min
In this episode, I discuss my first impressions with the genus Xenesthis.
The Anthropomorphization of Tarantulas
Jun 28 • 45 min
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…
The Sad Story of My O. Philippinus
Jun 21 • 38 min
A discussion of the recent health issues with my O. philippinus.
Herpcult Enclosure Review and M. Robustum Notes
Jun 14 • 50 min
In this episode, I share my thoughts on Herpcult enclosures and discuss M. robustum care.
Tarantula Communal Setups - Some Thoughts
Jun 7 • 46 min
A discussion of the pros and cons of tarantula communal setups
My Tarantula Won’t Settle In - Some Things to Consider
May 30 • 51 min
Some points to consider if your new tarantula isn’t settling into its new enclosure.
If I Could Only Keep 10 Tarantulas…
May 24 • 45 min
After being asked this question many times, I actually sat down to figure out which tarantulas I would keep if I could only keep 10. I pretty much failed miserably (I didn’t quite get it down to 10), but I gave it a good try! And, for those who want to…
Theraphosa Species (T. blondi, T. stirmi, and T. apophysis) Husbandry
May 17 • 61 min
A discussion of Theraphosa species (the Goliaths!) husbandry.
New Word Tarantulas: Bites, Venom, and Hairs.
May 11 • 45 min
A discussion about New World tarantulas and how they defend themselves.
The Dangers of Isopods and Wild Caught Shame
May 3 • 50 min
We talk about why isopods can be dangerous when housed with tarantulas.
Temperatures and Enclosures Revisited
Apr 26 • 53 min
A discussion about temperatures and tarantula enclosures.
Blue Tarantulas!
Apr 19 • 58 min
A discussion about several species of blue tarantulas!
M. Balfouri Communal Death and Are Avics More Fragile?
Apr 12 • 39 min
I have my first M. balfouri death. And are avics more fragile than other spiders?
Common Beginner Missteps, Avic Sling Enclosure, and Mixing Dirt
Apr 4 • 55 min
Okay, to kick this one of, I’ll talk about the enclosure design I’m using for six adorable little A. avicularia m6 slings I got from my buddy, Andrew, Then, I’m back to mixing substrate again, and I share my latest recipe. Finally, it’s off to cover…
Phormictopus Genus Discussion
Mar 28 • 45 min
A discussion of the 10 Phormictopus species I have in my collection.
Feeder Options in Case of Quarantine and Water Dishes (Again!)
Mar 22 • 46 min
We talk about how to get feeders in the event of a quarantine or stay put. We also discuss water dishes with tarantulas.
Moisture Dependency a “Hoax”? And Preparing for an Emergency
Mar 15 • 44 min
To kick it off, I respond to a keeper who commented on my Moisture Dependent Species video that moisture dependency is a hoax. Then, we talk about how to prepare should an emergency make it impossible for you to care for your tarantulas for a while.
Yes, It Can Happen to You! Mistakes and Mishaps Some Keepers Think Are Myths.
Mar 8 • 49 min
A discussion of some potential mistakes and mishaps that some believe to be myths.
Keeping Moisture Dependent Species (and Listener Question)
Mar 1 • 53 min
We kick this one off with a listener question, then we dive into our main topic…moisture dependent species!
Sexing Tarantulas and Determining Maturity
Feb 23 • 42 min
A discussion about sexing tarantulas and recognizing sexual maturity.
Tips for Starting a YouTube Channel and Moving Your Tarantula Collection
Feb 16 • 48 min
Okay, these are two topics that I’ve had a lot of questions about lately, so I figured that I’d tackle them. Truth be told, I might not be the most qualified to answer them!
The Most Visible Tarantulas in My Collection
Feb 9 • 53 min
I’ve received a lot of requests for a top ten list of most visible tarantula species, but I’ve been reluctant to put one together. I just don’t think that anyone can realistically cover the topic in this manner. Instead, I’m going to talk about some of…
Chilobrachys Genus Review
Feb 2 • 46 min
This episode, I’we’ll be talking about Chilobrachys species care.
Mystery Illness and Tarantulas in Entertainment Media
Jan 26 • 53 min
I discuss a strange illness in the collection as well as tarantulas on TV and in Movies.
The EMODE Website and the Importance of Doing Research Before You Buy
Jan 19 • 49 min
A review of the EMODE website and the importance of researching before you buy.
The Impact of Fear Mongering YouTube Clickbait on the Hobby
Jan 12 • 56 min
We discuss how clickbait videos portraying tarantulas as scary can be detrimental to the hobby.
Some Housekeeping and Tips on Setting Up Different Types of Enclosures
Jan 5 • 50 min
A discussion about how to set up enclosures to help your spiders to settle in more quickly.
The Stigmatization of Old Worlds (and Some Thoughts on the Ladder System)
Dec 30, 2019 • 46 min
We talk about the stigma around Old Worlds and the “ladder system”.
Using Substrate and Prey from Outside and Wire Mesh - What are the Risks?
Dec 23, 2019 • 40 min
A discussion of the risk involved when using substrate or prey from outside your home.
Scented Candles, Bright Lights, and Stereo Systems - Are They Harmful to Tarantulas?
Dec 15, 2019 • 31 min
We discuss whether or not some normal household amenities can be harmful to our spiders.
Winter Topics, Bioactive Updates, and Full Interview with Animals at Home
Dec 8, 2019 • 99 min
This episode, we talk about winter shipping, winterizing slings, bioactive enclosures, and my interview with Animals At Home
Harpactira pulchripes and My Experiences with Cleaner Insects
Dec 1, 2019 • 50 min
A discussion about H. pulchripes and my experience with cleaner insects.
Bonus Episode 2 - Communal Updates
Nov 27, 2019 • 36 min
A discussion about my communal setups.
Enclosures, Handling, and Protecting Males Revisited
Nov 24, 2019 • 49 min
A discussion about enclosures, handling, and protecting males during breeding.
The “OBT” Revisited and Animals At Home Interview Excerpt
Nov 17, 2019 • 50 min
We discuss the infamous “OBT”.
Just How Dangerous Are Tarantulas in the Home?
Nov 10, 2019 • 47 min
A discussion about any potential dangers when bringing tarantulas into your home.
Grammostola pulchripes (the Chaco Goldenknee)
Nov 3, 2019 • 44 min
Husbandry note for the G. pulchripes (Chaco Goldenknee)
My Attempt at a Tarantula “Glossary”
Oct 27, 2019 • 50 min
I attempt to come up with a list of terms those new to the hobby would need to know.
The Best Showcase Spiders In My Collection
Oct 20, 2019 • 49 min
My list of the best “showcase” spiders in my collection.
Article Review and My Issue with Tarantula Growth Rates
Oct 13, 2019 • 46 min
This episode, we discuss the issue I have with trying to label tarantula growth rates.
Spiderlings vs. Adults
Oct 6, 2019 • 51 min
A discussion of the both pros and cons of starting with a sling as apposed to an adult.
The Basics of Breeding Tarantulas
Sep 29, 2019 • 59 min
In this episode, we discuss the basics of tarantula breeding
Tips for Maintaining Moist Substrate
Sep 22, 2019 • 47 min
Tips for Keeping Substrate Moist
Knowing When to Say When - Keeping Your Collection from Becoming Unwieldy
Sep 15, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 48 min
A discussion of Chilobrachy’s sp. Electric Blue Care
Ceratogyrus darlingi (The Rear Horned Baboon) Notes
Sep 1, 2019 • 51 min
Husbandry notes on the C. darlingi
Old Worlds As “Beginner Species”
Aug 25, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 44 min
This episode, I’ll be clarifying my opinion on a few issues.
Best “Starter” Old World Tarantulas
Jul 28, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 50 min
A discussion about my top 10 personal favorite tarantulas.
The “Aggressive” Tarantula Myth (and How to Decrease Defensiveness)
Jun 17, 2019 • 45 min
A discussion about the difference between aggression and defensiveness in tarantulas
Accidental Mystery Spiders (or Buying a Mislabeled Tarantula)
Jun 10, 2019 • 43 min
A Discussion About Mislabeled Tarantulas.
Ants! Protecting Your Spiders from These Invaders
Jun 2, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 34 min
A discussion of H. devamatha
Sericopelma sp. Santa Catalina and Pseudhapalopus sp blue
May 19, 2019 • 40 min
Note on Sericopelma sp. Santa Catalina and Pseudhapalopus sp blue
H. chilensis “Chilean Flame” Fasting Issues
May 12, 2019 • 37 min
A discussion of adult H. chilensis Fasting and Odd Molts
Theraphosa blondi and a Substrate Update
May 5, 2019 • 44 min
A discussion of Theraphosa blondi and some Substrate Thoughts.
A Huge Thank You, Some Updates, and N. tripepii
Apr 28, 2019 • 43 min
A thank you and a discussion of N. tripepii.
Crypsidromus sp. Costa Rica (Black emilia) and Sling Deaths
Apr 21, 2019 • 37 min
Husbandry information for Crypsidromus sp. Costa Rica.
Bioactive Enclosures Update and the GBB as a Beginner Species
Apr 14, 2019 • 46 min
A discussion on whether the GBB really makes for a good beginner tarantula.
Aphonopelma Review
Apr 7, 2019 • 32 min
A discussion of the genus Aphonopelma.
The Water Dish Debate and Bioactive Updates
Mar 31, 2019 • 43 min
A discussion about water dishes and tarantulas.
P. metallica Communal Rehouse and Isopod Issues
Mar 24, 2019 • 38 min
An update on my P. metallica communal and isopod problems.
Ordering Tarantulas Online - Some Things to Know
Mar 17, 2019 • 42 min
Some things to consider when ordering tarantulas online
Poecilotheria Review Update
Mar 10, 2019 • 45 min
A discussion of the Poecilotheria genus.
Moisture Dependent Species (and the Lingering Importance of Damp Substrate)
Mar 3, 2019 • 39 min
A discussion about moisture dependent tarantulas.
First Bioactive Tarantula Setup
Feb 24, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 37 min
Some pros and cons of acrylic, glass, and plastic bin enclosures.
Listener Questions Part 2
Jan 13, 2019 • 38 min
We address some listener questions.
Listener Questions Part 1
Jan 6, 2019 • 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 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.