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    I have a list of start tarantulas to begin with, but I'd like to hear from those who have tarantulas.

    I'm actually debating between a tarantula or scorpion. Which is more entertaining in regards to feeding and basic temperament and habitat?

    These are the beginner tarantulas that I have on my list.
    * Chilean Rose Hair (Grammostola rosea)
    * Costa Rican Zebra (Aphonoplema seemani)
    * Mexican Redknee (Brachypelma smithi)
    * Mexican Redleg (Brachypelma emilia)
    * Desert/Mexican Blonde (Aphonopelma chalcodes)
    * Curly Hair Tarantula (Brachypelma albopilosum)

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    Rose hairs I know are very sweet, err non aggressive and docile. Curly hairs are suppose to be the same way. both great pets. I will get another rose hair one of these days. When I don't have soo much on my plate
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    * Mexican Redknee (Brachypelma smithi)
    that one. Ive had all of them except the curry hair. B. smithi is by far may favorite.
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    Hmm.. I'm debating and doing research. I heard pink toes are neat too. I don't know where to start...

    Scorpions have an interesting feeding habit, but tarantulas are neat too

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    If its your first tarantula I don't suggest you get an arboreal one. We have a baby scorp and its really neat too. You could always get one of each.
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    My b.smithi is evil. I have 2 varieties of pink toes also, my versicolor, compleate spaz, my metallica, actually really docile. Normally aboreal species are flakes, and if it is a species you want to handle, they are not really suited for handling for beginners since they ar so fast and flight.

    If you want something a little different, go with the curly, but if you dont mind a plain janer, the rose hair is always a good win for a T species. Another fairly docile species is the chaco golden knee, which is next on my species list to get.
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    I've had both Grammostola rosea and Aphonoplema seemani. My rose hair is a beautiful red phase and is very nice.
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    Love the pink toes- a neighbor had one in college!

    Had to put him back in the cage when floor-wide shaving cream/toothpaste war broke out.

    those were the days...

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    B. smithi are awesome hardy colorful tarantulas that you just can't go wrong with.
    My b.smithi is evil.
    That is no where near the norm. I would use mine in a teaching setting with kids any day with no worries at all.

    If its your first tarantula I don't suggest you get an arboreal one
    For the most part I agree with this. However if you buy a juvie/adult avic you are pretty safe. Smaller ones can be a bit fragile and prone to dying for no reason at all it seems, but once they get to around the 3" mark they get pretty hardy themselves.

    Grammostola rosea
    We call these pet rocks lol. They tend to settle down then not move hardly at all sometimes for days it seems. They are pretty boring imo.

    Anything in the Brachypelma genus you can't go wrong with imo so a curly hair would be a good choice too.

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    I would def go for a Pink Toe or Avic avicularia. Great spiders all around. If not arboreal then I would pick:

    * Curly Hair Tarantula (Brachypelma albopilosum)

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