Tarantula Museum in Helen Georgia Review
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The last thing that I thought that I would be doing in Helen is playing with spiders, but when I saw the Tarantula Museum, I had to go check it out.
There is a $4.00 admissions to get into the place, which isn't that bad, if you're interested in something a little different than shopping and food. The guy who runs the place takes cash and credit cards, which was great because all I had was plastic.
Once you've paid your admission, you can just walk around and few the animals. There is a 60 minute video about spiders and tarantulas that you can sit and watch; I didn't stay that long, as it was a little warm and I had other people waiting on me downstairs. You can ask any and all the questions that you want to, and if you want to hold one of the tarantulas or reptiles in the building, you can (as long as you ask).
The reason the building is warm, is because the man who owns the tarantulas uses the heat of the room to warm the tanks (although each tank does have its own light). You can really tell that he loves his animals and cares for them to the best that he can.
The main gripe that I have is that the tarantulas are cared for much better than the other reptiles that are there. I guess because it is a tarantula museum, there's a reason why they're cared for better.
The green iguana that is in the front of the store has the best enclosure, whereas there are two others that live in small tanks that are probably no bigger than a 40 gallon tank each.
There are 2 adult bearded dragons that live in a 40 gallon tank, and another bearded dragon that lives in a 10 gallon tank.
The two iguanas and the one bearded dragon that are housed in small enclosures are not being housed to proper requirements by any means. Plus, I can't tell if the lights that the guy uses are UV and heat or just heat/basking lights. If it was just the lighting, then once again these animals need UV.
The burmese python was not only in a small enclosure that was kept very dry. The man dumped water on her because she was shedding, but from my experience that isn't going to cause near enough humidity for the snake to shed properly. I mean, she was already flaking versus shedding in one piece.
As for the tarantulas, I could tell that the man really cared for them. He said that he had been working with spiders and arachnids for about 25 years, which is plenty enough experience with inverts to know what he's doing.... Possibly...
But, in any sense, it wasn't like there was anything too terribly hard in the shop to care for. The bulk of the spiders in the museum consisted of fairly beginner tarantulas.
- Chilean Rose Hair (Grammostola rosea)
- Curly Hair Tarantula (Brachypelma albopilosum)
- Mexican Redleg (Brachypelma emilia)
Personally, the Tarantula Museum was just a means for a guy to keep all of his animals and try to make a profit. It sort of reminded me of my own reptile room, but I don't make a profit for people wanting to come look. Well, I actually don't let many people in to look, but I know I wouldn't make much money doing so.
I'd say this is an interesting place to go if you're not too experienced but you're interested in knowing more. I can see young boys and children finding this place cool and loads of fun.
If you want a picture with one of the animals in the Tarantula Museum, it's a $5.00 charge. Personally, I wasn't going to pay this, so I just held the curly hair tarantula and took pictures of them in their enclosures, as that was free.
I wish that I felt comfortable taking more pictures of all of the animals in the place, but since I was the only customer there, I felt weird taking tons of shots, especially since I had to take multiple pictures of some spiders to get a good one.