Lloyd Liebenberg wrote: It still amazes me when Uncle Stan pops out the woodwork for newbies on a South African forum. Thanks for always taking the time to reassure newcomers Stan, it is much appreciated!!
I was just as nervous when I bought my first T last year. After reading first your website and then your book really helped me to stop being such a papa bear and fussing all the time.
Thanks for the vote of encouragement!
One and all, a thought for the day:
Tarantulas have been around since the days of the dinosaurs. Their direct ancestors were among the first land animals. Before that, their distant marine ancestors were among the most vicious and feared carnivores of their time! They can trace their family history back more than 525,000,000 years! Even today, while we only know about 940+ kinds, there may be as many as 2,000 species out there.
By comparison, man in one form or another has been around only for maybe 3,000,000 years. And, while we number more than 7,000,000,000 individuals,
WE'RE THE END OF THE LINE!
LITERALLY THE LAST HURRAH OF THE GOLDEN HOARD !
(With kind apologies to Norman Spinrad .)
Do the math. Their family tree has been around more than 175 times longer than ours. And, there are perhaps 2,000 as many kinds of them as there are of us. We're the "weaker-thans." (With profound apologies to the rock group by a similar name.) When we're done and gone, the party's over. And, tarantulas will still be digging their burrows on our graves.
Stop fussing over them! ENJOY your little 8-legged buddies while you still can!
The Tarantula Whisperers!
Co-authors of the TARANTULA KEEPER'S GUIDE, now in its third edition!
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