The Honduran curly hair tarantula (Grammastola albopilosum). Pet store employees typically recommend the Chilean rose hair tarantula, but Im going to defy popular opinion here. In my judgment, the Honduran curly hair tarantula makes for a better pet, provided that one doesnt mind some extra expense. Like most typical pet species, these are gentle, incredibly docile creatures. Unlike the Chilean rose hair tarantula though, these have very hearty appetites. Admittedly, they are typically more expensive than the rose hairs; however, spiderlings can typically be purchased for a pittance (often from $3 to $6 each), and attributable to their ravenous appetites, they grow rather quickly. 2. The Chilean rose hair tarantula (Grammastola rosea). This is the most typical pet store variety. They are likewise gentle and simple to take care of; however, they have this annoying habit of fasting for months on end, which will be most aggravating. Still, they do make wonderful pets for beginners. 3. The Mexican red knee tarantula (Brachypelma smithi). This species, together with the Chilean rose hair, is commonly used in movies and on TV. It’s likewise very docile, and far more colorful than most pet store varieties. In my experience though, its hairs are usually a bit irritating to human skin. As well as, attributable to its popularity, it has become a restricted species; that’s, harvesting them from the wild has been made illegal. Because of this, they are typically on the expensive side. 4. The Mexican blonde tarantula (Aphonopelma chalcodes). Another docile wonder. For some time, this species was not readily available for sale, but it has been making a comeback. Most pet stores still do not carry this variety, but it surely is usually available via mail order. 5. The Chaco golden knee tarantula (Grammastola aureostriatum). Easily one in every of my favorites! These specimens will not be as colorful as the red knee tarantula, but they can be distinguished by the gold-colored bands on their legs. They also have impressive legspans (as much as eight inches or more!), but their frightening size is belied by their utterly sweet dispositions. However, because they’re relatively new to hobbyists, they tend to cost more than other tarantulas. 6. The Brazilian black tarantula (Grammastola pulchra). These also are typically on the massive side. This is not a colorful species; however, their satiny black carapace gives them a sleek, elegant look. This variety is almost as large as Grammastola aureostriatum, with a legspan of 7 to eight inches. 7. The Costa Rican zebra tarantula (Aphonopelma seemani). This one is a bit harder to take care of than the previously mentioned species, but its still a treasure. These tend to be a bit skittish though, and so handling them is not recommended. They do not typically bite, but they’re susceptible to running away, and like most tarantulas, they can be easily injured in a fall. Concerning the Author
V. Berba Velasco Jr., Ph.D. is a senior electrical and software engineer at Cellular Technology Ltd (http://www.immunospot.com, http://www.elispot-analyzers.de, http://www.elispot.cn, http://www.elispot.co.jp), a biotech company that gives ELISPOT expertise and cryopreserved peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). The neighborhood children have referred to him as the Crocodile Hunter though, attributable to his impressive menagerie of snakes, lizards and tarantulas.