Choosing your pet
As a pet, the longer-living female is usually a better choice, simply because the males don't live more than a couple of years. Most pet store owners know how to differentiate between the sexes, and can help you with choosing. Don't believe anyone who tells you that the female is the one that has its hair neatly combed back - that's a lie!
Avoid tarantulas that are hunched with their legs curled underneath, or the ones that are housed without a dish of water. Ask the store attendant to tell you what the scientific name for the tarantula is, so that you can read up in more detail about this type of spider.
Your best bets are the Chilean Rose, Costa Rican Zebra, Mexican Redknee (my favourite) and the Curly Hair Tarantula.
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