The large, usually hairy spiders known as tarantulas are unorthodox pets, but many people find them fascinating. As most are easy to keep and inexpensive, they have a wide following. Brightly coloured species, including many Mexican and Central American types, are easy to find as spiderlings and raise to adulthood, while advanced keepers enjoy the large species of the Old World. The Guide to Owning a Tarantula introduces this unique group of animals to hobbyists, covering all the essential information on setting up a terrarium, feeding and maintenance and including a chapter on the breeding and care of spiderlings. With its emphasis on common-sense care (including safety precautions), this is an excellent book for anyone thinking of buying a tarantula or wishing to know more about their pet.
JERRY G. WALLS is the author of over 300 articles and scientific papers on terrarium animals and natural history subjects from crawfishes to birds and particularly reptiles and amphibians. He has written more than 25 books on reptiles and amphibians, fishes, sea shells and birds and was editor of Reptile Hobbyist magazine. He holds an M.S. degree in biology and continues a long-term interest in insects and crustaceans.