How to TARANTULA? Complete beginner guide 101

17 dec 2018
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All the topics covered in the video:
1:35 Is it the right pet for me?
2:45 Maintenance
4:25 What tarantula should I get?
6:40 Basics of scientific names and recommended genus
9:05 Whether to buy sling, juvenile, or adult tarantula
10:36 Enclosures
14:53 Ventilation/humidity
17:10 Temperature
18:18 Feeding
21:05 Pre-molt and Growth
24:25 Tarantula quantity mark (Example: 1.1.1)
25:20 Enjoy DIY Enclosure Builds
27:37 Re-housing
28:45 Handling
30:09 Burrowing Tarantulas
30:48 Losing limbs/legs
31:20 How to spot Mature Males
32:20 Uricating Hairs
33:17 Latin Names/Scientific Names
35:20 Where to get a pet Tarantula
37:20 Breeders and Groups
Stuff (first link is US, second UK and third DE amazon)
Cork Bark (there are different dimensions available so browse a bit for the best one):
Coco Fiber Brick:
Dremel tool, check if the quality and accessories are good:
Hot Glue Gun:
Silicon gun:
Safe Silicon:
Get tarantulas here:
And join tarantula forum:
Glass enclosure:
CD enclosure:
Ferrero enclosure: tour:
Above links are affiliate links, it means that when you make an order Amazon pays me a small percentage. That way you help me make better and more exciting videos, THANKS!

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  • All the topics covered in the video: 1:35 Is it the right pet for me? 2:45 Maintenance 4:25 What tarantula should I get? 6:40 Basics of scientific names and recommended genus 9:05 Whether to buy sling, juvenile, or adult tarantula 10:36 Enclosures 14:53 Ventilation/humidity 17:10 Temperature 18:18 Feeding 21:05 Pre-molt and Growth 24:25 Tarantula quantity mark (Example: 1.1.1) 25:20 Enjoy DIY Enclosure Builds 27:37 Re-housing 28:45 Handling 30:09 Burrowing Tarantulas 30:48 Losing limbs/legs 31:20 How to spot Mature Males 32:20 Uricating Hairs 33:17 Latin Names/Scientific Names 35:20 Where to get a pet Tarantula 37:20 Breeders and Groups

    The Dark DenThe Dark DenÅr sedan
    • What do you do/would do if you're going out of town or traveling for an extended period (ex. a month or two)?

      Lauren EvansLauren EvansMånad sedan
    • 15:46 It sounded like "The more wh*res you have," XD

      A. B. S. E.A. B. S. E.2 månader sedan
    • the e

      lynda wolfelynda wolfe4 månader sedan
    • your the best

      Yousef LaidiYousef Laidi4 månader sedan
    • Merkules 7.62 they are a lot calmer when they know they are the only thing in their cage, they also can get stressed if it’s to big and they don’t know, and also for terrestrial species if it is too tall from the substrate they can fall and die very easily

      MajorMajor7 månader sedan
  • Good thing I have this water dish.. lmao I think Petko my friend you have been doing this to long. Thank goodness for us. 👌

    Hayley WrightHayley Wright3 dagar sedan
  • Thank you so much for the whole beginner info was brilliant so much easy info supplied glad you kept hydrated while teaching. I have become addicted to watching your channel and kat's.

    Joanne HansenJoanne Hansen11 dagar sedan
  • Excellent! This is helping me really consider a T, I have always been scared of them but now this seems better for me..

    Daniel LopezDaniel Lopez13 dagar sedan
  • step one get thong or sandal, step two splat

    Bristow-Smith QuentinBristow-Smith Quentin18 dagar sedan
  • When you're in Australia and Old World T's are your only option. XD

    SarahSarah19 dagar sedan
  • I'm 24 and have been on the internet literally before I could read and my grandma read while I operated Blaster-Master style and I have never felt as if I found exactly the video I needed than within the first 2 frames of this video.

    Nikola IvkovichNikola Ivkovich24 dagar sedan
  • So that’s the kind of tarantula that I had, the old world tarantula, it ran towards me and tried to bite my hand, I only found tarantulas to be interesting creatures and scared of them at the same time but I tried to get used to it, I was so drunk with heebie-jeebies call after that moment I grab the biggest book in the room my grandmothers old 2 1/2 pound Vatican Bible and the story ended for the tarantula

    American TruckerAmerican Trucker26 dagar sedan
  • Umm he highly recommends to have a new world T and I’m just sitting here where we can only legally get old world Ts ermmm😐😭😖

    Maryleen VMaryleen VMånad sedan
  • Always great videos! Hahahaha, burp!

    Cheryl MeyerCheryl MeyerMånad sedan
  • Why am I watching this when Tarantulas are banned in my country...

    The Greatest PlanThe Greatest PlanMånad sedan
  • One question, the first site spiderworld. Eu has prices that are around 15€ while the others 45€, why this difference?

    Sebastian DicuSebastian DicuMånad sedan
  • thank you for the lots of informations that you'd share for us. I had 1 tarantula sling this information helps me alot. keep up that goodwork keepsafe

    ReeLaiR-ExOTvReeLaiR-ExOTvMånad sedan
  • Me, going rogue with 4 slings, 2 of them New World arborials lol.

    NoirVeloursNoirVeloursMånad sedan
  • I remember having a rose hair tarantula when i was like 13. It lived for several molts but I was way over my head in trying to keep it

    John JohnsonJohn JohnsonMånad sedan
  • " 🏣😖😤😡🤬👹🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬💙💛💥💓💫💞👀💵🇦🇬💵💵🇦🇬💵.!5nnuwwwwwwww

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    marius vadanescumarius vadanescuMånad sedan
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  • 😬🥴😕💩🤬👹👺👿☠💀🚍🚍🚍🚍🚃🎪🚃🚆🚉💈🎟🎍🎟🎍🎟🎋🎟

    marius vadanescumarius vadanescuMånad sedan
  • Tliltocatl Albopilosum is a great beginner, but also very shy and can buried long time

    JakobevCorporationJakobevCorporationMånad sedan
  • I’ve been watching tons of videos to learn as much as I can before committing to getting one! This is by far the most informational video I’ve found so far! :) thank you!!

    Katie DukeKatie DukeMånad sedan
  • 26:04: You pronounce Avicularia so beautifully. Real Latin!😎👍

    Ujuani68Ujuani68Månad sedan
  • I apologize for your trouble, but I still continue to watch, learn, like and subscribe. I'll just keep watching and learning. Thank you.

    Dawn PhillipsDawn PhillipsMånad sedan
  • Sir, I don't know if you're having trouble with this, but as soon as I sent you this comment, Facebook sent me a notice that my account was being defrauded. Maybe you should have an email available for a portion of your communications. I don't use social media, I just have a years old account sitting there with Facebook and that was the only direct communication I saw where I could ask you specific information on the tarantulas. Sorry, wanted answers for an animal I would really appreciate having.

    Dawn PhillipsDawn PhillipsMånad sedan
  • I got a huge very dark orange knees and black tarantula 30 years ago. I enjoyed her very much. She was huge. From fangs to booty, as you say, 3.5". I don't know how to measure the leg dimensions, when people are selling them. Legs move, bodies of a given animal were a size, or so I thought, until finding so much information from you. I had her in a 20 gallon aquarium because I thought she would like the space. I fed her, she molted, it seemed like she was doing well, but was told because she was from Mexico,(by the pet store) so I had sand as a substrate. Now I feel so bad, I can't imagine how she suffered. I thought her water would all come from her food. There was no internet, no real information at the library. I would really enjoy having a tarantula as a pet once more, now that you have provided the 101 video. You really shouldn't have felt a time constraint. The animal is more important. I've gone through so many of your (wideos) that you would probably wonder what's wrong with me. Well I just remember my fascination with my spider and wish I could have a chance to do it right. I think you could help me.

    Dawn PhillipsDawn PhillipsMånad sedan
  • 👎👎 for burping.

    Ase RodriguezAse RodriguezMånad sedan
  • unless you live in australia because our import laws forbid us to keep any other species other than our native ones.

    Alexandra YounieAlexandra Younie2 månader sedan
  • Tarantulas can drown if they molt in their water dish but they are most likely not gonna do that so dont worry

    Nathan OuwehandNathan Ouwehand2 månader sedan
  • I noticed you had the cage door open for a while. Does it ever run out of the cage on you and you have to catch it?

    Patricia ElliottPatricia Elliott2 månader sedan
  • Hey I formally thought I was arachnophobic but after seeing a diffrent SEworld channel I thought about getting one they seem so cool and the starter specie a seem so friendly thanks to this video I’m gonna have a talk with my mom and dad and hopefully this summer when I’m moved into Texas get 1-2 female adult tarantulas :)

    Ayden SmithAyden Smith2 månader sedan
  • a Tarantula is just a non-jumping, larger Lucas the Spider 1.0

  • Totally agree with your view of petshops - adoption only - question re male tarantulas - do they live longer if they do or do not mate?

    j9andphoenixj9andphoenix2 månader sedan
  • If I were to keep a female tarantula I would want her to have a lovely big nicely decked out enclosure - that would lessen any stress and be more aesthetically pleasing - particularly if she were to live for 20-30 years - anyone who is interested should remember if you choose not to keep your tarantula anymore - there won''t be so many foster homes. So please keep their welfare in mind - btw - your hands and gestures - they kinda mimic tarantula behaviour...

    j9andphoenixj9andphoenix2 månader sedan
  • hœles

    Tommaso MorelliTommaso Morelli2 månader sedan
  • I started with wanting one and now I will soon have eight. Definitely got addicted to these cute little fuzzers!😍💗

    Mandy LunaMandy Luna2 månader sedan
  • Is there an appropriate beginner tarantula for a desert type enclosure (with dry desert substrate instead of coco fibre)? I already have a grammostola pulchra in a jungle type enclosure, but I would like to have a desert spider too. I guess a B. Hamorii is better off with coco fibre, right?

    Falk TCEFalk TCE3 månader sedan
  • You drink out of water dish,?

    Randall WAlkerRandall WAlker3 månader sedan
  • What was your favourite part about the video?

    LBR youtubrLBR youtubr3 månader sedan
  • great video... cheers boss

    Norman WatsonNorman Watson3 månader sedan
  • Thumbnail Tarantula: "I'm cute!" Me: *Adorable*

    The Red BlueBerryThe Red BlueBerry3 månader sedan
  • You know anyone selling tarantula in USA 🇺🇸

    Jeiry PenaJeiry Pena3 månader sedan
    • you can just google but DONT BUY FOR BACKDOOR REPTILES

      grunt leg peicegrunt leg peice2 månader sedan
  • Hoping to get a sling soon from one of the genus you recommend, great video watched the whole thing held my attention thank you sir!

    Yung DakiYung Daki3 månader sedan
  • There's also Spider Planet from the UK. 🇬🇧. They're very good too. 😊🌍

    Denice DetroitDenice Detroit3 månader sedan
  • Thanks for all the info and help. Greatly appreciated:)

    Andrew PaisleyAndrew Paisley3 månader sedan
  • Hi Petko, I know this video is a bit old, but I really like your channel and I don't know much English so I use the subtitles to understand you better, the video only has subtitles for the first 11 minutes, you could put them on the rest of the video is that It is very interesting to know everything you need to start in the hobby. Thanks for your attention, greetings from Colombia

    Yordy WildYordy Wild4 månader sedan

    TarantulaStore 82TarantulaStore 824 månader sedan
  • I will be getting my first tarantulas soon! So i'm glad you have this video!!! I'm so exciteeeeeeed!!

    Josef BlackJosef Black4 månader sedan
  • really nice video, thanks

    Exotic Hayvanlar TalhaExotic Hayvanlar Talha4 månader sedan
  • Soo grateful for this video! 🤞🏾🔥

    GGGG4 månader sedan
  • What animal is this??

    Kim Dahyun28Kim Dahyun284 månader sedan
    • tarantula

      grunt leg peicegrunt leg peice2 månader sedan
  • i had a grammostola pulchipres aka golden knee tarantula. i got her and she was still a very young tarantula. she passed im not sure why, but i think that it was from heat stroke:/ i still miss her(also idk what gender was the t. but i was hoping for a girs cuz they get bigger) rip Goldie

    Aesthetic GoblinAesthetic Goblin4 månader sedan
  • Curiosity about the word Tarantula :The word comes from the italian city Taranto located in the region of Puglia. The word Tarantola was used to indicate a kind of wolf spider (as you know there are no tarantulas in italy) . There is aswell a popular folk music called "tarantella" . The locals used to think that in order to heal yourself from a spider bite, you needed to dance this music. The word Tarantino (yes like Quentin) means Taranto Citizen/person who comes from Taranto

    domeahdomeah5 månader sedan
  • Hoes, hoes, hoes... a lot of hoes

    Scream FortressScream Fortress5 månader sedan
  • When I looked up cross ventilation myself (not on tarantula websites but on sources that also use cross ventilation) I found that it has nothing to do with having ventilation on both sides, but holes just above the substrate (near the bottom) and at the top of the enclosure. The ‘cross’ part doesn’t mean across, it means the cold air and hot air cross each other, so cold air comes through bottom holes whilst humid warmer air escapes through the top. They use the same system for buildings to ensure air naturally ventilates. Nothing to do with having on both sides.

    FoolStomperFoolStomper5 månader sedan
  • when I was about 20 years old a friend of mine had a tarantula and i thought it was SO cool, Im 60 now and would like to take up the hobby. Your english is very good!

  • 40 minutes, alright, let's strap in! Glad it's not some 10 minute video lol

    Yannae DCYannae DC5 månader sedan
  • I AM

    Heidi's webHeidi's web5 månader sedan
  • 39:26 I got to the end of this video so excited to eventually get my own tarantula only to find out they can’t be shipped during the winter (I’m in the US and it just turned into december lol)

    Wren WWren W5 månader sedan
  • I wany tarantula becuse it is perfect pet for me

    Allun ja jerryn kanavaAllun ja jerryn kanava5 månader sedan
  • Hello! Do you think acanthoscurria geniculata is good for a begginer?

    Porojan DanielPorojan Daniel5 månader sedan
  • I don’t even have a tarantula. I’m not sure why I’m here. But I like it.

    The Legion is not AmusedThe Legion is not Amused5 månader sedan
  • "Hey, what's your favorite Shia Labeouf movie?" "15:33"

    Samael76Samael765 månader sedan
  • Can someone please tell me where he got the tank at 15:11 Thanks :)

    Regan ChapmanRegan Chapman5 månader sedan
    • he made it

      grunt leg peicegrunt leg peice2 månader sedan
  • 👍 👍 😁 👏 👏 👏 👏 👏 👏 👏

    Kathy ArisKathy Aris5 månader sedan
  • Tarantulas actually make pretty good guard dogs some people are so unbelievably terrified of them that they take off in a dead sprint just to get away

    The Order of The Galactic HospitallersThe Order of The Galactic Hospitallers5 månader sedan
  • Love the info. My son is interested in starting a large spider collection. He does not own one right now. What’s the best kind to start with?? Do you recommend any venders??

    Jose AJose A5 månader sedan
    • I got a brazzilian white knee tarantula 4 days ago its currentlh a juvenile and is around 6cm and will grow to be 25cm, very good beginner specie and is very beautiful

      Ashley BarnesAshley Barnes5 månader sedan
  • Thanks for the video, I'm very new to the hobby, I keep more lizards, but I purchased a whip tail scorpion and Vigaroon just a few months ago, as well as I've had a curly tail for a couple of years now. I like to do my shopping either at Amazon, I know they don't sell spiders, but I bought my Vigaroon there. I got my whip tail from Bugs In Cyber Space, and I would totally recommend them to any one new to the hobby. I also bought a Red Tailed Centipede once, but some how It escaped it's enclosure and I've not seen it since. I once had a tarantula my dad caught on a golf course, but there was no Internet back then, and I didn't have any books either, so I only had him on paper towel, and I would buy a dozen crickets every week and just dump them all in. I didn't last very long, and the crickets made a meal out of it. After that, I was only Interested in green Anoles, and Western Fence Lizards. My first Vigaroon I bought, very foolishly, at the reptile expo, had one every year except this one. I didn't know a thing about them, and that died very soon after purchase. Last year, at the expo i again foolishly bought a Malaysian Whip Tail, and I didn't notice how lethargic it was, and it died just a week later. Now I have books, SEworldrs, like you, and plenty of information to keep me in the hobby. I plan to get a true scorpion, most likely an Emperor and another tarantula. I'm leaning more towards a Mexican Red Knee or Fire Leg. I didn't realize how many different types there were, but I again appreciate you letting me know. I have much more research to do.

    Richard MosebarRichard Mosebar5 månader sedan
  • I really like your approach, very informative and respectful to your spiders, chameleons and whatever you have :).

    Mads Socialisten Harbo JensenMads Socialisten Harbo Jensen5 månader sedan
  • Question: heat pad, necessary or no? Some say yes, some say no

    The Order of The Galactic HospitallersThe Order of The Galactic Hospitallers5 månader sedan
    • no because sometimes tarantulas burn themselves

      grunt leg peicegrunt leg peice2 månader sedan
  • This helped SO much! Thanks a bunch!

    astriical_astriical_6 månader sedan
  • Somehow i've ended up watching your videos since 11am LOL

    Anna YutacomAnna Yutacom6 månader sedan
  • My local pet store is a small business. He uses reputable breeders for all of his animals. Never received a T or a reptile or even a fish from his store that wasn't in tip top shape save for one exception. I bought several female bettas from him for my sorority aquarium and he called me several days later to inform me that the other females from the same tank had come down with ick. He refunded me my money and gave me all of the necessary medication to treat the fish for free. So, shop more local than big chains and always make sure that the owner is a fellow enthusiast. Also, make sure they are receptive to advice. I have many stories but ill end my comment here 🤣

    Jacob BruceJacob Bruce6 månader sedan
  • I've watched a lot of your videos in the last days. They are just great. And honestly I learned a lot more of this video. I have my tarantula since a few years, but now I learned to make things better. Thank you :-)

    CS 71CS 716 månader sedan
  • I so want a tarantula. Unfortunately all the logistics/costs associated like a teranium, food (no pet store nearby), and everything just my wife and I will not agree to go w it.

    Bryan RyanBryan Ryan6 månader sedan
  • 13:15 he’s so honest haha we love him 23:23 😂

    caly uobarpuowcaly uobarpuow6 månader sedan
  • 23:23 35:26 lol 😂

    Vertical ShelfVertical Shelf6 månader sedan
  • 32:12....never thought I'd hear that a spider has a wank!! the channel 👍👍👍👍

    funky Cheetahfunky Cheetah6 månader sedan
  • Is it recommended to keep a sling in a bigger enclosure such as that one in 11:32?

    miguelmado6miguelmado66 månader sedan
  • Thank you 👍

    MooohMoooh6 månader sedan
  • 13:46 he puts his hand in the cage with no fear of the tarantula xD

    xzataxxzatax6 månader sedan
  • 5:06 pls let me know what tarantula that was! Was it the Togo Starburst?

    AT_THE PRO !!AT_THE PRO !!6 månader sedan
  • Some people cut the point off of the tarantulas fangs, how cruel 😡

    Melody TrotterMelody Trotter6 månader sedan
  • Well, maybes i can i can make a Encolosure, go catche a spooder!!! And. Dunno, cross my fingers!!!

    Sandra MorrisonSandra Morrison6 månader sedan
  • Pov: you're in a pet shop thinking about getting a tarantula🤣

    RscccxRscccx6 månader sedan
  • I wonder how many parents have seen this :’D

    steuz333steuz3337 månader sedan
  • he kinda looks like dr. doofenshmirtz and im here for it

    MildMikaMildMika7 månader sedan
  • Hi! Great guide! Do you think it's possible (and safe for the animals) to ship tarantulas from the UK to Portugal?

    Nuno BastoNuno Basto7 månader sedan
  • I live in norway where should I buy my first tarantula from?

    KucJlota_1337KucJlota_13377 månader sedan
  • I am in love with M. Balfouri, but it's an old world and I'm a beginner.

    Melody TrotterMelody Trotter7 månader sedan
  • You and your accent are so hot omg 😍😍

    MonicaMonica7 månader sedan
  • The link to Jamies did not work.

    Mary EscamillaMary Escamilla7 månader sedan
  • Thanks so much for this. I'm in recovery from arachnophobia, I have 7 jumpers and looking into owning my first tarantula. This is helped tremendously!

    Nikki's Pagan SpotNikki's Pagan Spot7 månader sedan
  • Haha, " hello thirsty. " I just bought my 1st tarantula a few days ago a ". pink toe. It is a out the size of a quarter + legs. Is this is considered a sling or juvenile. How long before I might be able to determine the sex? Thanks for the great video!

    Kathleen PingeltonKathleen Pingelton7 månader sedan
  • holes, holes, holes, holes, holes, holes... god i love those holes!

    David GarciaDavid Garcia7 månader sedan
  • Where can I buy a tarantula

    Jonathan GonzalezJonathan Gonzalez7 månader sedan

    Darian JeansDarian Jeans7 månader sedan
  • Haha 8:55 Those Avics and their poop shooters! I am always blocking, and or avoiding being in the line of fire of my avics' butts when ever they point them towards me at all! I open their enclosures and they pretty much immediately turn around and point that thing at me. I swear it's almost every time! Haha crazy tarantulas! They are super sweet though.. My girl is always trying to go exploring when ever I open the enclosure, after the initial "Hold up" anyway haha I've only been pooped at once or twice though, and it was when they were way smaller. So it doesn't seem to actually happen often, but it's still best to avoid being in line with those booties!

    Tim SawyerTim Sawyer7 månader sedan
  • Thank you very much!!!! this video is really helpful!!!!

    71Dinggoy7171Dinggoy718 månader sedan
  • I watched the whole thing and I don’t even know if I want one lmao

    cat in a hatcat in a hat8 månader sedan
  • make a video how to scorpion complete guide plz

    savvas svsavvas sv8 månader sedan