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Sarah’s Spider Friends

I first became interested in tarantulas in 2009 and after much research into different species and how to keep them, I decided in early 2010 to seek out my first pet spider.

I originally planned to look for a Brachypelma albopilosum (Honduran Curly Hair) and discovered an exotic pet shop not too far from where I lived with some in stock. I looked at a variety of species and when the shop owner brought out a red colour form Grammostola rosea (Chilean Rose) I was sold and decided this would be my first eight-legged friend. Cherokee (pictured at the top of the page) was already a full-sized adult and a feisty girl. I had her for over 9 years before she died of old age, but she was the first of a growing hobby which has taken over my third bedroom!

I decided to start this blog to document my pets’ lives and my plans for a community of Monocentropus balfouri (Socotra Island blue baboon) tarantulas, which I have read is one of the few species that can be kept in groups. I decided to document this for other tarantula enthusiasts and anyone hoping to try this for themselves.

I hope you enjoy reading the blog and find it in some way useful. Feel free to comment on the posts, and subscribe if you don’t want to miss anything.

  • Socotra Island Blue Baboon colony update

    April 8, 2021 by

    Finally, a proper update on my tarantula colony. It’s been a few months since I’ve seen all five specimens at the same time, so although I assumed all were still alive (if one had died or been killed, the others would have pushed its body out of the burrows), I hadn’t been able to see… Read more

  • First Spider News of 2021

    March 28, 2021 by

    I haven’t updated my blog since October, so thought it was about time I scared you all with some more spider pictures. Nothing very exciting has happened – Juanita, Orinoco, and Incy Wincey moulted successfully. The colony of five Socotra Island Blue Baboons is still doing well. They were all in their burrows today, but… Read more

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