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The Tarantula Keeper's Guide: Comprehensive Information on Care, Housing, and Feeding [Paperback]

Stanley A. Schultz , Marguerite J. Schultz
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Jan. 1 2009
Terrarium hobbyists interested in acquiring a truly exotic pet as well as life science students will find virtually everything they need to know about keeping a tarantula in captivity. This book includes detailed information on the natural history and biology of these fascinating creatures, and the care chapter has been completely updated and revised. The book is filled with color photos and scientifically accurate line art, most of which examples are new to this second edition. Since its initial publication, hobbyists have come to consider this book the "Bible of Arachnoculture."

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"For the keen enthusiast there is one book that is regarded world wide as the bible of tarantula keeping and that book is The Tarantula Keeper's Guide…The book is in reality a keeper's manual as well as being a very enjoyable read for the enthusiast. It will immediately become your first port of call for reference purposes. It is suitable for beginner through to advanced enthusiasts…I cannot recommend this book too highly. Every tarantula keeper should have a copy in their library. If you only buy one book on tarantulas this should be that book. Run, don't walk to your computer and order a copy now."

Charles Senescall
Australian Invertebrates Forum

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The Tarantula Keeper's Guide by Stan and Marguerite Schultz is by far the most informative book on tarantulas to date. Whether for the amateur fancier or professional arachnologist, this book will pay for itself in no time at all. Aimed primarily towards those interested in captive husbandry of arachnids, this book gives extensive information on care, housing, and feeding for spiderlings, juveniles, sub-adults and adults. In chapter 1, the anatomy and physiology of tarantulas are covered in great detail. Chapter 2 deals with taxonomy and scientific names; chapter 3 covers the life histories and ecology of these arachnids. Chapter 4 involves the uses of tarantulas throughout history while chapters 5,6, and 7 cover the "pet" aspect of tarantulas; this covers such subjects as housing, feeding, handling, breeding, medical emergencies, and much, much more. The final three chapters cover conservation issues. This well-designed book is packed with tons of colo! r photographs, greatly illustrated drawings, and accurate (up-to-date) names of many species commonly kept as pets. Unlike other tarantula books I've read--and I've read plenty--this book gives the first detailed description of how to catch your own tarantula. Other books have attempted this same task, but have not got the point across like this book. In all, this 288 page piece of art is the best book on tarantulas ever put together. Anybody with the slightest interest should purchase this book because it will spur one with mere curiosity into an out-of-control collector/hobbyist (such as me) and take you to the realm of the tarantula.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The T Bible Sept. 23 2003
This is generally regarded as the tarantula keepers bible, which is a just assesment. Info on EVERY aspect of tarantula keeping from rearing, sexing, breeding feeding etc. VERY worthwhile investment for anyone who wants to keep tarantulas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW Aug. 16 2000
I was new to tarantulas when I bought my first chilean rose hair, so I got online to search for some info on how to take care of my tarantula. What I found was a jumbled mess of confusion! I did not know what to do! So one day on a trip we stoped a B&N to look around and thats when I saw it, the book of my dreams! I read the book from cover to cover over and over again and again, it made everything so clear and now I understand all I need to know about tarantulas. Thanx SAS and MJS!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book, along with Sam Marshall's TARANTULAS AND OTHER ARACHNIDS, is one of two of the best available books on tarantulas, or Theraphosid spiders. Very detailed for the expert enthusiast and able to be read by beginners, this book will guide you in your new found hobby. The only problems that arise from this book is that, unfortunately, like most books with scientific information, some of it is already out-dated, specifically species names. A must-have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence without equal... June 18 2003
If you have even one tarantula, the invaluable nature of this book cannot be stressed enough. It addresses almost every issue you could think of and some you possibly wouldn't. Filled with detailed information, beautiful color photographs, excellent illustrations this book is truly a bargained that should not be passed up, even by the passing fancier. All tarantula enthusiasts agree, if you own one book on them, it should be this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best book for tarantula enthusiasts. Feb. 22 2002
Stan and Marguerite Schultz provide the very best tarantula guide. This book is filled with extremely valuable information and is definately a must for tarantula keepers.
If you're new to the hobby or are considering purchasing a tarantula, it's highly advisable to purchase this book before doing so.
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4.0 out of 5 stars so nice got it twice Dec 20 2009
There is not much more I can say about this book, this is a revised and updated book with a wealth of information on many family groups. Very detailed, easy to understand and a great read. perfect book for all levels from beginner to pro "my rating is 4.5 stars"
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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS EVEN BETTER THAN THE FIRST! Jan. 30 1999
Their first edition was wonderfully informative....This is even better! Knowing Stanley and Marguerite and their love of any critter, this book will become any Taratula Keeper's "bible". My children and I were blessed with an introduction to Tarantulas when we met the Schultz'. They are exceptional teachers and we learned how interesting and fascinating tarantulas can be. Since meeting them in the 1980's we have had at least one or more tarantuals in our homes, and are blessed with a friendship that now crosses international boundaries. Stan and Marguerites love of the species is evident in their writing and especially in their home, possibly the largest collection of tarantulas anywhere in the world. I am honored to be a friend and a fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Must Have Book for Serious Fanciers
This is simply must have book for the enthusiast, and is even of casual interest to non keepers who happen to be interested in the subject. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Frederick R. McCloy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loaded with useful info.
Published 22 days ago by David Woodhead
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping My Son's Tarantulas
Actually, this was bought for my son to help him with his new pet. He's continually referencing the book and telling everyone interesting tidbits of information from the book.
Published 4 months ago by Brian Brookwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for anyone interested in keeping tarantula's
I would say this book is a must-have for anyone interested in Tarantula's. It is in depth and includes basic care ideas for most species you can buy on the market today. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Trev and Nancy
3.0 out of 5 stars can drive a person crazy
This book is easily the most comprehensive, detailed, and informative book on the subject of captive tarantulas. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lyn Alexander
4.0 out of 5 stars Great to get information
A lot os usefull information on Tarrantula. The only thing I didn't like is that it is alwais sending you to other pages for detailed information.
Published on June 15 2012 by Alain
This is the best book I have seen about Tarantulas.
It makes everybody an "expert" when you follow the "rules".
Published on Oct. 2 2002 by John de Graaf
4.0 out of 5 stars Darn good book
"The Tarantula Keeper's Guide" is a very worthwile purchase. Lots of info on keeping , breeding, trouble shooting and an excellent section on collecting wild... Read more
Published on March 31 2001 by Cathy L. Bailey
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