My first I bought back in the late 80's. and the store called it a Mexican Brown though is body was black with brown hairs. Couldn't even try to guess its genus. Not knowing any better( I was young then) I put sand from my Grandmothers back yard in a aquarium and put her in. She did well for a few months, was a beast of an eater, and then started acting like she was flicking hairs when no one was even near her. She died shortly after this behavior started. I believe in hindsight it might have been parasites from the backyard sand. Very sad day as Ts were not easy to find then but she was a new world and very tame. About 6 years later I once again came across a "Mexican Brown" same as the aforementioned but smaller. Same temperament and all. Then I came across what they called a 'Mexican Rose Hair" which I assume was a Grammastola Rosea or Porteri. The 'Mexican Brown molted and her whole temperament changed. She would throw threat postures and no way would I attempt to hold her anymore and shortly thereafter she passed. The Grammastola lived a couple years more and was always docile. She met her fate when the cat I had at the time knocked her enclosure off the TV stand. I found her a few weeks later dead under the couch due to a ruptured abdomen. I was heart broken again! This was the late 90's.
Now to the present! I came across, how I don't remember, a You Tube channel called Exotics Lair which Im sure you've seen. I came to dig all the Baboon spiders he had and that Thailand Black Hapalopelma Minax maybe. Soooooo,I now have a sling King Baboon, a sling OBT, and a juvenile Monocentropus Balfori. If you ever liked Tarantula's it gets it your blood. It just took me a long time and a You Tube channel to realize it. Now Im raising my slings with my children. My daughter had to buy her own Grammastola Pulchra so it has become a family affair with my lovely wife abstaining and doing a lot of complaining!!!!!! Have a good one Tom!!!!
H.Lividum or w/e the genus is now. I definitely made a mistake. I hate that cantankerous little thing.
I started the hobby with a H. Incei. Not a beginner T because of its speed and skittis nature. But, handle with care and a beginner should have no problems
Our first was a tiny Nhandu chromatus,not really a beginner species,but since it was so tiny,it was ok
My first T was a A Genticulata I brought it a year ago and it's doing great my second was a B smithi and that one died after 4 months no idea why
My first 2 Tarantulas which I bought at the same time were a Gooty Sapphire, and a T. Stirmi, I loved them so much that literally a week later I bought a cobalt blue, and an obt....It's been crazy ever since lol
I started with 2 SAF's, an A genticulata and a L parahybana. 4 dozen tarantulas later and my collection continues to grow.
I started with Bumba cabocla shortly followed by a Tapinaichenius sp Colombia
My first was a pet shop G. porteri. Second adult was an A. chalcodes I ordered 2 months later (along with 4 slings..3 brachys and an LP).
B. Albo shortly followed by a B. Smithi
My first T was a Phlogius Crassipes
I started with two at once. B albopilosum and L parahybana.
My first T was A. seemani.