SPIDERS, CALGARY


SPECIALIZING IN ARACHNOCULTURE IN GENERAL,
TARANTULAS IN PARTICULAR

LAST UPDATED ON 2014-February-05.


GREAT NEWS!
The Tarantula Keeper's Guide, Edition Four
is now being actively worked on.
The bad news is that the release date is still several years away.
And, in the interim many of the pages on this website will no longer be updated.
(More information is available here.)


FAMOUS FIRST WORDS
(A very personal note.)

THE FINE PRINT FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE CONTRACT
IS MOVED UP FRONT AND CENTER
SO YOU'LL SEE IT AND READ IT FIRST!

My late wife, Marguerite and I have literally spent decades selling tarantulas to all sorts of people of all ages and from all walks of life. We've massaged and reworked the care suggestions in these webpages and The Tarantula Keeper's Guide over and over again to make them just about as bullet proof as they can get for novices, to get the novice and their newfound little buddy past the steep, risky part of the learning curve as simply, quickly and safely as possible.

The PROBLEM is that tarantulas are so unconventional, so outright bizarre in so many ways that if you try "doing your own thing" at the outset, you stand an even chance of harming your pet or even killing it instead! The PLAN is that you follow these instructions carefully for now, not experimenting with anything new until you learn how to care for these amazing creatures.

BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE!
EVEN EXPERIENCED AFICIONADOS
CAN OCCASIONALLY USE A LITTLE REVIEW.

However, these instructions are not necessarily the only ones that will work, and maybe not even the best ones available. The hobby is still new and very much in a state of development. We're still discovering new things about tarantulas and inventing new techniques for their care almost daily.

After you've had one or more tarantulas for a year or better, and you've done all your homework, you can start experimenting with the tricks and techniques of other enthusiasts. Just don't do that yet. FIRST, learn the basics of tarantula care. THEN start experimenting on your own.

Lastly, when baking a cake you can adopt either of two strategies. You can either follow the recipe blindly, hoping that it'll all turn out okay in the end; or you can learn why a cake does what it does (e.g., rises or falls) as it bakes, and how to control it.

In these webpages as well as The Tarantula Keeper's Guide the goal is not simply to blindly give you a recipe, but to teach you how tarantulas work and why we do what we do with them. Learn this technique! It'll save you a lot of fallen cakes, and more than a few dead tarantulas!

"I can only hope that each of you can learn to enjoy your little 8-legged marvels even one-tenth as much as Marguerite and I have."

Stan Schultz


The Duchess, <I>Brachypelma emilia</I>, the Mexican redleg tarantula.
The Duchess
Brachypelma emilia
The Mexican redleg tarantula.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ARE YOU A NEWBIE?


STAN'S NEWBIE INTRODUCTION. Then you need to read this. Maybe you need to read this even if you're not a newbie. A little review is often a good thing.

STAN'S RANT. This is an extension of the preceding webpage, offering some very specific, heartfelt advice and recommendations about surviving in the real arachnoculture world.

THE TARANTULA KEEPER'S GUIDE.


HISTORY, DESCRIPTIONS, AND AFTERMARKET SUPPORT.

BEYOND THE HORIZON.

ARACHNID AND TARANTULA BIOLOGY AND HUSBANDRY.

(Arranged alphabetically by title.)


CARE AND HUSBANDRY OF THE CHILEAN ROSE TARANTULA. How not to lose your sanity over a spider!

COMMON NAMES OF ARACHNIDS. A cross reference between common and scientific names.

FANGLESS ZOMBIES? Occasionally we hear of tarantulas that appear to have damaged, abortive, or missing fangs after a molt. Here, we discus the condition, and suggest possible means for dealing with the issue.

GROWING YOUR OWN. A staged description for caring for your tarantula as it grows from a baby through a spiderling to an adult with proposed, standardized definitions for those terms.

ICU EXPLAINED. What is an Intensive Care Unit?

MECHANICAL MOM for TARANTULAS. The Schultz/Fostaty/Mckee incubator mentioned in The Tarantula Keeper's Guide, Second Edition, and The Tarantula Keeper's Guide, Third Edition. PDF format. WARNING: SLOW CONNECTION NIGHTMARE! 2 MB!

MIGHTY MITES. The war is now!

MYTHS, MISCONCEPTIONS, MISTAKES, Perpetuated by Tarantula Enthusiasts. WE SHOULD KNOW BETTER!

SUBSTRATE. A firm foundation for your tarantula.

MISCELLANY.


ARACHNID AND TARANTULA SOURCES. Important information for those who are seeking mail order sources for tarantulas. Of interest to those who live in other countries as well.

COMPREHENSIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY. An exhaustive bibliography of over 1,000 entries listing every mention of tarantulas and their close relatives in the scientific and lay literature from time immemorial to about 1985. An HTML file of over 385 Kb in size.

OTHER WEBSITES. An eclectic listing of other websites that the authors find amusing or informative.

SELECTED REFERENCES. A short list of "must read" references that every amateur arachnologist should have on their shelf.

TARANTULA ASSOCIATED ANXIETY. YOU NEED TO READ THIS...JUST IN CASE YOU'RE A VICTIM!

BIRDEATERS. Old woodcuts of tarantulas eating birds for free download.



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COPYRIGHT NOTICE

Copyright © 1996, Stanley A. Schultz.
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This page was initially created on 1996-July-30.
The last revision occurred on 2014-Feb-05.