This popular handbook for the captive husbandry and breeding of tarantulas, originally published in the German language, is now available in English. The taxonomy has been updated by the author, Peter Klaas. The text is in two sections. The first is an introductory section discussing tarantula anatomy and life
history, the relationships of tarantulas to other arthropods, and general information on vivarium setup and special requirements of tarantulas in captivity. Problems arising in captive care--such as disease and parasites--are discussed, as is the problem of tarantula bites to humans. The second section consists of individual accounts on 40 of the more commonly kept species from around the world. These are illustrated in the book's 123 color photographs. Peculiarities of each of these species
are discussed, with special attention to their requirements in captivity. Tarantulas are becoming increasingly popular as vivarium and zoo specimens. This book, based upon the author's extensive personal experience, will become an important reference on the topic, and will add greatly to the small amount of published information about them.
"This specific guide is a 'must' for anyone involved in the captive breeding of tarantulas…pairs excellent color photos with practical advise." -- The Bookwatch, June 2001.
"What makes the book really worthwhile for a British ecologist, is the stunning colour photograph illustrating each species. These are guaranteed to excite interest- negative or positive- and are
well worth the relatively small price for the book." -- Bulletin of the British Ecological Society, 2001
"In my opinion this book would be valuable to the practitioner who may see the occasional tarantula." -- Dr. Jörg Mayer, Exotic DVM, Vol. 3.4, August 2001
"The quality and price make this book a winner." -- Thane Johnson, Library News for Zoos and Aquariums, June 2003
"Anyone that has kept tarantulas knows that good reference material on
their captive husbandry is relatively scarce. Tarantulas in the Vivarium is certainly a basic resource any keeper working with eight-legged creatures should posses" -- Diane Barber, Curator of Ectotherms, Fort Worth Zoo, Animal Keepers' Forum, Vol. 30, No. 8, August 2003