BUGGY BOOK REVIEW: “Venomous Words” by Jeff Oliver and Gordon Reilly

As is often the case, I become aware of new books through random Amazon searches. I am always looking for new books on tarantulas and “Venomous Words” by Jeff Oliver and Gordon Reilly appeared in the offerings and the concept intrigued me, macro-photography combined with dark poetry. What a great combination and the book’s cover certainly sucked me in, despite the high price tag.

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BUGGY PRODUCT REVIEW: Tarantula Cribs’ Sling Crib

Keeping tarantulas as pets is a hobby that has been around for quite some time. Though many people don’t understand the fascination with the world’s largest spiders, it is still a hobby enjoyed by people, women and men, worldwide. I started my fascination in the late 1970s and have been hooked ever since. Like all pets, it is easy to become attached to them and as will all pet owners, you want the best for your charges.

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BUGGY VENDOR REVIEW: Jamie’s Tarantulas

I first started buying from Jamie’s Tarantulas in 2015, thanks to a great variety of tarantula species and very reasonable prices. There was then a lull in my purchasing of new tarantulas all together, until this year. Because I was acquiring quite a few spiderlings from someone else, my first purchase in quite awhilewas for her 4 x 4 x 6″ Mag-Terra Enclosures.

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MONOCENTROPUS BALFOURI…AN EXPERIMENT IN COMMUNAL TARANTULAS

I am always on the lookout for new and exciting tarantula species that I can add to my ever-growing collection. In 2014, one species in particular stood out for me…Monocentropus balfouri, the Socotra Island Blue Leg Baboon Spider. For the most part I have never had an interest in baboon spiders but this one certainly struck my fancy. First off, it is stunningly beautiful with its tan and blue coloration. Next, from what I have read, they are generally pretty docile, a trait not often found in baboon spiders. Then, since they live in a dry climate, their humidity requirements are minimal. Finally, word has it that they can be kept successfully in groups, something that is rare in tarantulas.

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BUGGY BOOK REVIEW: “The Old World Tarantula Coloring Book” by Laura Airey Le

It never ceases to amaze me the wonderful things you can find on Etsy. Being a tarantula enthusiast, it is one topic I find myself searching quite often. Recently I came across artist Laura Airey Le and her Etsy store GrayGhostCreations. The first thing that drew me to her store was her tarantula art prints; then I found her “The Old World Tarantula Coloring Book.”

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BUGGY VENDOR REVIEW: Fear Not Tarantulas

I got my first tarantula in 1977 and I have been hooked since. Over the years I have purchased my tarantulas from various sources; at reptile shows, from pet stores and online. Though I have known of Fear Not Tarantulas for a while now, I only placed my first order with them recently.

Thanks to Tom’s Big Spiders, I have become even more excited about tarantulas than usual recently. Thanks to Tom I started a Monocentropus balfouri communal enclosure and with his high praises of Fear Not Tarantulas, I decided to give them a try.

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BUGGY PRODUCT REVIEW: Lorex Plastics’ Tarantula Enclosures

Lately I have been hearing a lot about communal set-ups for the Socatra Island Blue Baboon Spider, Monocentropus balfouri. After listening to a few podcasts on the subject, thanks to Tom’s Big Spiders, I decided to try it myself. Though there was no shortage of the tarantulas themselves, I wanted to make sure to get the best enclosure possible for this project.

Monocentropus balfouri.
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Just Because Anyone Can Write a Book on Tarantulas…Does That Mean They Should?

I am noticing a pattern on Amazon. Tarantula books written by people who have little knowledge on tarantulas. I covered this type of thing before in 2018 with my review of the horrible book “Goliath Birdeater: Goliath Birdeaters As Pets” by Adam Burton. Now I have found another one. The title? “Pink Toe Tarantula: The Complete Guide On Everything You Need To Know About Pink Toe Tarantula” by Jackson James. The first indication of a problem is the title. First off, I think “everything you need to know” would take more than ten pages. Second, the last word should be plural. Third, just look at the cover.

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SPECIES SPOTLIGHT: Brachypelma albiceps, the Mexican Golden Red Rump

I may have mentioned it before; Brachypelma is my favorite genus of tarantulas. They have everything going for them. They are long-lived, have amazing colors and for the most part, don’t have an aggressive bone in their body. Brachypelma albiceps is also one of my favorites, as it seems to be the odd man out when it comes to coloration.

Juvenile just starting to show adult colors.
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SPECIES SPOTLIGHT: Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens, the Green-Bottle Blue

I love that when I discuss tarantulas with people who do not keep them, how amazed they are that some species are actually beautiful. In my experience, the majority of the people that I talk to think tarantulas are big, brown, hairy spiders. I am guessing that they think of Goliath bird-eaters as what all tarantulas look like. How wrong they can be.

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