Okay great, I will work on getting comfortable with the idea of handling it. Great thing to know by the way. I have a 15 gallon tub floating around in here that I should be able to convert to work for the tarantula. It already has air holes etc in it so if that size is good then I think it would be perfect for him/her. Eco Earth and coco bark are easy to get around here so I will work on that too. I'm going to take my time gathering things. I am definitely interested in getting one though. How often should I feed them? Any particular type of bugs etc? I have heard you can feed them the occasional pinky too? (not sure whether or not that is true, just read it at like 5 different sites).