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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 3rd edition (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764138855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764138850
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Great book,very helpfull and loads of information.
jim
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in owning a tarantula or anyone keeping them.
njnolan
This book will tell you everything you need to know plus some.
Hrothmund of Astora

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 1998
Format: Paperback
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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Scott on February 5, 2000
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Payne on August 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Kendall on June 18, 2003
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tsuzuki on May 3, 2000
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This book contains more useful information than any otherTarantula book I have ever read. I learned something new on everypage! Beginner and expert alike would benefit from reading it.Everything that is known about tarantulas is in this book, including how toos on spider collection, disease treatments, identification, parasites and anything else I can think of. I loved this book
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sterlingspider on January 18, 2009
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I recommend every person who has or plans to have pet tarantulas buy and read this book *first*. It's absolutely invaluable for determining proper baseline care and will more then make up its asking price the very first time they have an emergency.

In our information drenched world its all too easy to think you can answer every question on the internet. Online discussion boards are great for working out the little nuances of care and finding other people in the hobby, but they are filled with people asking exactly the kind of beginner care questions they should have answered with this book *first*, and even worse, people talking about tragedies they could have avoided if they had informed themselves ahead of time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Sharma on February 26, 2009
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I read this cover-to-cover before I got my first tarantula. It is a really great book if you are trying to figure out if raising a tarantula is right for you - but if you read the book in its entirety, your answer will be yes! It has a lot of great information, and it isn't boring or overly scientific. It is a much quicker read than I would have thought, with many vivid photographs. The one problem with the book is that some of the information is somewhat outdated. For example it talks about coconut fiber as an experimental new substrate, but is now generally accepted as a suitable alternative to peat moss by the exotic pet community. It also does not list some species that are now common in the pet trade (Chaco Golden Knee, Pink Zebra Beauty) or go into much detail about any particular species. However, combined with the infinite wisdom of the internet, this book is all you need! I find myself using it often as a handy reference, and I recommend it to anyone who loves eight-legged creatures.
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