Second Edition (1998)

Tarantula Keeper's Guide, cover. 70K, JPG

LAST UPDATED ON 2013-June-30!

Please note that with the publication of a newer edition of
The Tarantula Keeper's Guide
this webpage is no longer being maintained.

Even before its official publication date the authors realized that THE TARANTULA KEEPER'S GUIDE (hereinafter called TKG2) would eventually become obsolete. And, sadly, there were several flaws that had crept in during the final phases of writing and publication. Thus, it was almost a foregone conclusion that a third version would someday be necessary.

Partly as after-market support and partly in preparation for the presumed third edition, the authors established a number of webpages to help the enthusiast. What you read now is the "cover page" for those subsidiary pages. Whether you have borrowed a copy of the TKG2 from a local lending library, acquired a copy for your own library or are only just a little interested, you are urged to review the following pages.

THE REAL INDEX to the TKG2 at https://werunique.us/schultz/appendc.html. The one that was published in the official book was chopped severely to save space and lacks a lot of key entries. This is the original one as it was submitted with the manuscript. Download and print off a copy of this page and keep it with your copy of the TKG2 for future reference.

THE ADDENDUM AND ERRATUM SHEET. This is an extensive list of changes that we think should be made to the TKG2, additions, corrections and updates. It's located at https://werunique.us/schultz/errata2.html. Download and print a copy of this one too, to keep with your copy of the TKG2. As you read through the Addenda and Errata Sheet, make cross-referencing notations in the margins of the TKG2. Visit this address every few months to check for updates. Of particular interest is that we are now beginning work on a third edition to the TKG2 and the contents of this webpage will form a core for a lot of the information that goes into it.

NOTE: These two are huge files. Print them using 10, 9 or even 8 point type and use very narrow margins. Even then, together they'll fill a 3" 3-ring binder!

COMPREHENSIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY. This is NOT the same bibliography that was published in TKG2! This huge bibliography, located at https://werunique.us/schultz/biblio.html, was never intended to be part of the TKG2, being a source listing of most of the references that we consulted in its preparation. It lists all tarantula books and articles from about the beginning of time to about 1985 or 1990. It may not be of interest to the casual hobbyist, but if you really are interested in finding out all you can about them, and don't mind spending days in dusty, old, university libraries, it can be a critical source list.

NOTE: This is also a huge file and therefore a slow connection nightmare.

Lastly, be sure to read Sam Marshall's book TARANTULA'S AND OTHER ARACHNIDS, also published by Barron's Educational Series. Keep it right next to the TKG2. With these two books (and our Index and Addenda and Errata pages), you'll effectively have the tarantula keeping hobby at your fingertips for years to come.


Both THE TARANTULA KEEPER'S GUIDE and TARANTULA'S AND OTHER ARACHNIDS are available for loan from most public libraries.

They are also available for sale "off the shelf" from perhaps one third or more of the pet shops in your area. Most can get them for you by special order if they're out of stock. In addition, these books are available by special order from every bookstore (the larger stores may even have copies in stock), directly from the publisher (Barron's Educational Series) and from any of the Internet based bookstores like Abe Books, Alibris, Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

Please note that with the publication of a newer edition of
The Tarantula Keeper's Guide
this webpage is no longer being maintained.


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