Pennsylvania, United States
Posted Dec 11, 2012
I was very opposed to having a tarantula in the house! I am not a fan of spiders to begin with and I was convinced this would kill me in my sleep. Finally I read about it and found out that the kind traditionally sold as pets don't have the strength of venom to kill people (unless you happen to be allergic just like people can be to bees). So while the spider never escaped (and trust me I checked often), I still wouldn't call him a thrilling pet. This is absolutely a pet for adults (or maybe older teens). You have to be very careful handling the spiders not only so you don't get bit, but also so the spiders don't get hurt. When you do let them out to "play" with it's a good idea to keep them in a contained area. Ours didn't hide too much, so it was fun to watch. It was an interesting conversation piece, and fun to watch, but not really an interactive pet. My favorite part about having one was reading about it and learning things I didn't know about them before.