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    i think tarantulas aren't real spiders

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpsammich View Post
    i think tarantulas aren't real spiders
    ...They are, indeed, true spiders..
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    Quote Originally Posted by _ReApEr View Post
    Just out of curiosity, what makes them so difficult? And what distinguishes a true spider from a "fake" one?

    Silly questions, perhaps, but I'm just starting to sort of take an interest in arachnids.
    Andrew is right. There are theraphosids and theraphosidae. One is tarantulas, the other is true spiders. Tarantulas are not considered a true spider. Completely different classification.

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    mah name isnt sam
    its andrew

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    The term "true spider" is used to describe any spider that isn't a mygalomorph or mesothele, which are the two extant groups of more primitive spiders. It's true that things like wandering spiders and orb weavers are difficult to maintain in captivity, however I think a black widow would be pretty easy considering they live in houses anyway. You can probably just keep it in a critter keeper (or like the link above mentioned, a deli cup) in a dark corner/closet, and pop a small fly or cricket in every now and then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mass View Post
    Sam is right. There are theraphosids and theraphosidae. One is tarantulas, the other is true spiders. Tarantulas are not considered a true spider. Completely different classification.
    The family of "Theraphosidae" is within the order of "Araneae", the order of spiders. Anything in the order is a true spider.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpsammich View Post
    mah name isnt sam
    its andrew
    Who called you Sam?

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    lol
    its still in sigs quote

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