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Best First Old World?

Discussion in 'General Tarantula Discussion' started by Major 78, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. Major 78

    Major 78 Well-Known Member

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    Hey! Was recently wondering what old world T is the best for someone who has never kept an old world before? Something with fairly low venom levels, and fairly docile. Thoughts? Thanks.
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    Arachnoclown Well-Known Member Premium Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Venom I believe is pretty high in all old worlds unless I'm forgetting one. I wouldn't call any old world docile either. I would recommend Hysterocrates gigas...red Cameroon baboon. They burrow alot but all mine sit outside in the open too. They love water and will actually catch fish. Still I wouldn't want to get bit by one but I've always felt comfortable with mine verses other old worlds. Here is my female eating. She always runs out of her burrow when I open the enclosure...I think she knows I'm going to feed her. 20190101_203609.jpg 20190101_203305.jpg
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    Major 78 Well-Known Member

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    Very pretty! I would imagine that even if venom in this species isn't as bad as some, it could do some mechanical damage haha! What are your thoughts on pokies and M. Balfouri? Just another flashy T that everyone wants that's way too aggressive for beginners?
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    Arachnoclown Well-Known Member Premium Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Balfouri would be good...I've never had one so I cant really speak on them @Phil . Pokies...I'd say out of all the pokies regalis or striata have always been the most chill in my experience...still potent venom though.
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member Premium Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    @Major 78 One of the calmest Ts that I have has to be my Poecilotheria metallica. I have no doubt she could be fast but even as a sling she was very placid.
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    The speed of pokies is my only concern with beginners. Psalmopoeus irminia would be a good warm up for pokies. They are a new world arboreal without urticating hairs. They are lighting fast and act alot like a pokie without nasty venom. 20180921_212549.jpg
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    Major 78 Well-Known Member

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    The guy offered me several new worlds and old worlds. Including pokies. I think I should stick with new worlds for a few more months so I can build up experience and trust with my parents. And anyways, the new worlds I was offered are pretty sick! G. Pulchripes, B. Cabocla, and B. Bohemi. All super pretty and generally docile with low venom levels.
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member Premium Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    I never see my P. irminia but the P. cambridgei is regularly out and about
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    Arachnoclown Well-Known Member Premium Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    People always say they dont see theirs either...all mine are out pretty much everyday.
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member Premium Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    My 1st one was more visible especially after he matured, then he was on show almost all the time but the one I have now hides away.
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    they always get labled a pet hole-so good to hear yours are out in the open @Arachnoclown I really like these-I want one:)
    if you want some good advice on the m.Balfouri you should ask @Phil like @Arachnoclown says-hes doing a great job breeding them;)
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    N. coloratovillosus 3/4”
    G. pulchripes 1/2”
    B. cabocla 3/4”
    P. Pulcher
    N. incei
    B. boehmei 1/2
    N. incei gold 3.5”
    P. cambrigei 4”
    P. rufilatas 2.5”

    That's what I can get from the guy I'm trading with. Not all obviously but 2-3 he said. What do you guys think? I was thinking the Pulchripes, Cabocla, and Boemei. Definitely not the Incei's, since I have one coming next week!!! And not the Nhandu since I already have a Nhandu of a different species. Thoughts?
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    Bumba Cabocla for starters! Not OW but a great T! Don’t pass up that option:)
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    E. pachypus
    H. cafreriana
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    I just looked them up and watched a couple of vids, they're certainly a nice species!

    And where you been Shampain?!!
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    Id go for the B.boehmei and the P.pulcher but that's only because of personal preference as i have these-whatever you choose will be a nice addition to your collection:)
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    I have no clue about "the best first OW" but my first OWs were two pokie slings that I bought in July, 5 months after getting my first T. So far both have been easy to work with. I keep observing their behavior to see if they'll get more defensive when growing, but I have no prejudice towards them.

    Sokahr (P. vittata) showed me right away what does ppl mean by pokies being fast. He bolted out from the travel vial and took a run around me and then decided to chill on the chair. He usually flees upwards and is therefore easy to guide into the bottle I use for transferring my Ts.
    Cydaea (P. tigrinawesseli) was easy to get out from the travel vial, but she's overall more shy. She always cowers in the bottom corner of her enclosure if spooked, but is ready to bolt when putting the catch cup / bottle on her.
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member Premium Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    My view has always been that if you want a T enough and you know exactly what it's capable of, then buy it. Do thorough research on that T and always be alert to how it could react to you invading its space and you can deal with any T.
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    Major 78 Well-Known Member

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    I think I'm going for the B. Boehemi, G. Pulchripes, and B. Cabocla. I was wondering how fast these guys grow?...
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    Nunua Well-Known Member

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    As far as I know:
    B. boehmei - Slow (I have one sling)
    G. pulchripes - Slow(-ish)
    B. cabola - Slooow

    Correct me if wrong :D
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