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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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Authors Stanley and Marguerite Schultz tell exotic pet hobbyists and life science students everything they need to know about keeping a tarantula in captivity. They present detailed information on the natural history and biology of these fascinating creatures, supplementing their text with a wealth of photos and illustrations. The detailed chapter on the care of tarantulas has been revised and updated, making it more comprehensive than ever. Since this book's initial publication, hobbyists have come to consider The Tarantula Keeper's Guide the "Bible of Arachnoculture."




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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars can drive a person crazy Aug. 12 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is easily the most comprehensive, detailed, and informative book on the subject of captive tarantulas. On the other hand it is easily the most frustrating when you want information about a specific species of spider. For example for information about caging and care for the Mexican Red Knee: "follow the directions for arid species"
Then under Arid Species:
Caging: follow the generic instructions on page 127
Substrate: follow the generic instructions on page 135
Burrowing, Retreats, and Decorations: follow the instructions... then it gives four different pages to follow.
Please.
Unfortunately, this book seems to be all there is right now about the subject. The information is great. The format is terrible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping My Son's Tarantulas June 6 2014
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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.
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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. If you are thinking of getting into the Tarantula keeping hobby - be sure this is in your collection of books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great to get information June 15 2012
By Alain
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for the tarantula hobbyist Feb. 5 2000
By Scott
Format:Paperback
This book is excellent from cover to cover. Detailed information on care, breeding, food, species, and biology are all in "The Tarantula Keeper's Guide". I was given a Chilean Rose tarantula as a gift 9 months ago and considered myself ignorant of their required care. "The Tarantula Keeper's Guide" was the most informative book out of 6 purchased. I now have over 35 tarantulas consisting of 28 species and consider myself much more knowledgable about their care and biology. I have even started breeding some of my tarantulas. You won't find a better book in print if you're a beginner or expert.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The T Bible Sept. 23 2003
Format:Paperback
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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars so nice got it twice Dec 20 2009
Format:Paperback
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 Excellence without equal...
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. Read more
Published on June 18 2003 by A. Kendall
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER HAD ABOUT TARANTULAS
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best book for tarantula enthusiasts.
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2002 by Steve R.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best authority on theraphosid spiders in print
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. Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2001 by William Cordill
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
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
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. Read more
Published on Aug. 16 2000 by Jacob Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars A bible for Tarantula Owners!
This book contains more useful information than any otherTarantula book I have ever read. I learned something new on everypage! Read more
Published on May 3 2000 by Tsuzuki
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