actually, 3 years for a male tarantula is a pretty normal lifespan. they can go anywhere from 2-5 years.
female tarantulas can live anywhere from 10-40 years depending on the species!!!!!
you should totally get one! when i started, i was iffy at first and was on the fence about getting a tarantula. now i have 17 and i never ever would regret my decision! they’ve brought so much happiness into my life. that sounds weird but they are extremely therapeutic to me! taking care of my tarantulas is kind of like my little ~*ZEN*~ garden. i notice if i’m ever feeling really stressed out about something i start to do maintenance or feed them or whatever needs to be done and i feel a billion times better afterwards.
the absolute calmest species that i have had (though tarantula behaviors vary from spider to spider) have been my brachypelma smithi and my grammostola pulchra! more so the b. smithi.
if you feel like you can handle a little more, i’d say go for almost any brachypelma. (personally, i’d stay away from b. vagans if defensive tarantulas scare you at first)
grammostola can be a good beginner species but are typically a little more skittish (
crazy) than brachypelma in my experience.
avicularia also make good beginner tarantulas but require more maintenance because they have higher humidity requirements.
i’ve also heard excellent things about the genus aphonopelma, but i don’t actually have one so i cant tell you from experience! (THOUGH I REALLY REALLY WANT ONE)
just keep in mind that any tarantula can be extremely defensive or extremely calm.
BUT SERIOUSLY. B. vagans are typically evil even though so many people recommend them for beginners.
i have been guilty of this a few times, yes
aww!!! thank you!!!
i hope you can slowly overcome your fear. spiders are awesome and good
surprisingly, some can be housed together, yes!
but most species cannot.
the best communal species are:
holothele incei (the most best communal species!)
i’ve heard of people also doing communals with:
and m. balfouri
but there still are risks of cannibalism when doing communals with even the most tolerant species
My friends GORGEOUS E. murinus is an absolute doll… I wish my Princess was this sweet!