Spiders are extemely scary to many people. There seems to be an instinctual fear at the sight of one. But not for me.
We have had tarantulas as pets since 1993. It all started as a contest to one-up my boss. He had a large marine salt water fish tank in his office with a couple of Morey eels. My husband bought me a tarantula as a Christmas gift to take into my office. It was the battle of the dangerous pets.
We eventually expanded our collection by purchasing small captive bred spiderling. At one time we had over 2 dozen tarantulas. We keep each spider in small 2 gallon aquarium and feed them live crickets every three weeks or so.
We purchased this spider as a baby in 1995 and we still have her. It is a Grammostola actaeon - Brazilian red rump. Female tarantulas can live over 20 years.