After looking through many of the most frequently recommended tarantula-related resources after a month or so, two clearly rose to the top.
The first was a surprise to me because it’s rarely mentioned. “Tarantulas in the Terrarium” is a homemade 95 minute video produced by Michael Jacobi, Sales Manager at tarantulas.com. You can access 22 minutes of YouTube video from the link above. I don’t think you’ll find a resource that is more information-rich than this one.
I certainly came away with a better appreciation for tarantula diversity, biology, husbandry, and captive breeding from viewing this video than I got from any other resource. “Tarantulas in the Terrarium” is downloadable in its entirety for $5. If you have any interests in arthropods of any type, I think you’ll find this to be a fascinating resource regarding one of the most diverse groups of spiders.
The second resource, “The Tarantula Keeper’s Guide: Comprehensive Information on Care, Housing, and Feeding,” is simply outstanding. Unlike books that cater strictly to pet owners, this regularly updated classic, is so well written and such a wealth of current cited scientific literature that the work will be of interest broadly to first time owners, hobbyists, pet shop owners, breeders, those who maintain tarantulas in zoos and education centers, and biologists interested in learning more about this group.
You can get a quick sense of the book by looking through the reviews at Amazon.com. Again, an outstanding resource for the price!