P. irminia's are gorgeous spiders. I haven't owned any, but I've heard that they're a good transition between docile tarantulas and more defensive OW tarantulas.
I have a P. regalis sling. Can't really give you much advice on them yet, except for don't get bit. But you already know that.
Also, what kind of tarantula did you have? And why'd it die?
I had an A. Avicularia when I was younger that died for unknown reasons, but I'm talking about my G. Rosea here. It had trouble molting and got stuck in its old skin for a while. It eventually wriggled free but died shortly after.
Most likely a humidity problem with the molt. Higher humidy around molting time can do wonders. My scorpion would refuse to eat for quite a long time after a dry molt, but he was insatiable after an easy molt.
Because knowledge is power...
Hmm. A spider seems like a good pet. But what if they bite you or something?
^ Tarantulas are not poisonous to my knowledge.
I've always wondered what it would be like to have one as a pet. Are they difficult to care for?
All tarantulas are venomous, to varying degrees, but none can kill you. Unless you're a baby or like 10 of them bite you in the neck. You just have to show them the respect they deserve and the chances of getting bit are pretty low.
Depending on the species, they're very easy to keep. Very low maintenance and cheap to house/feed. But they're more like display animals than "pets". Kind of like fish, but a lot cooler.
I'm sure Morningside could chime in on this too.
Poisonous IS different than venomous, but I forgot for what reasons... I'm more of well rounded type than an expert in a particular phylum. If you can convince SHARP over at Zoklet to come over, he will have the answers.
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It was alive for a few years, I dunno exactly.
I would send him a message but I never made an account on zoklet. That dude knows his stuff.
2 ways to identify without resorting to a magnifying glass.
Were the palps enlarged and did it try to escape constantly? That's the more visible sign of males.
Females are a bit more docile and relaxed, smaller palps.
This for reference to the Rosea's. I'm not sure how it holds amongst other birdeaters.
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yep.Were the palps enlarged and did it try to escape constantly?