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Thread: Free OBT. Should I take it?

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    Free OBT. Should I take it?

    So, one of my friends offered me a free OBT, enclosure included. This will be my first tarantula...... I know exactly what they're capable of doing and how they behave, and plan on never touching it if I do take it.

    Is this a good idea? I really like these spiders, but the venom sounds painful.

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    OBT was my second T and I never got used to how fast it was. Would seriously do laps around its tank in the blink of an eye.

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    I've seen videos of their speed, it's insane. Hopefully I can convince my parents that this is a good idea.

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    I'm not a spider guy, but if I was I definitely wouldn't start with an Orange Bitey Thing. I've heard too many stories from my buddy who is into Ts.

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    They're not too bad. Cool pets.. and OBT's are super easy to breed.
    Just keep your hands clear and you're all good.
    If you're up to a low maintenance pet, then have at it.
    OBT's are semi-arboreal. Some like to burrow in the dirt. Some like to climb and wander.. some do both.
    Make sure it has some sort of hide that is half burried in the media. And give it a few things to climb on. A couple crickets once a week - every other week. And you'll have a happy tarantula for life.
    As far as life goes. If it's male.. a couple years max. If it's female, anywhere from 10 -20 years.
    They're also semi-communal. So they can live together for more than short periods of time.
    Gravy.

    Some pics of mine over the years.

    Breeding:


    Female eating the male, which happens more times than not.:


    Female eating male #2 after successful knocken uppen.


    Female with a suspended hammock eggsac. Very cool, very rare.


    Angry female while I was removing the eggsac. After she was done incubating of course..


    Oh the suspense of an unopened eggsac:


    BABIES!!




    Growing kids. Seperated for their safety. They tend to cannibalize quite a bit at this age.


    I'll stop now before I get carried away. The pics of the communal OBT tank I did are pretty cool though..
    Last edited by mass; 07-03-2012 at 02:01 AM.

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    Great pix, I would like to see the rest.

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    Travis, that's pretty awesome. How much do those things tend to go for?

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    About $1 as slings (spiderlings), or $5 as adults.
    But count out the vials, and keep in mind an eggsac is ALL profit.
    Females can produce 2 sacs a year. So with a collection of over 2000 tarantulas always breeding.. the money was pretty good.

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