I think the Ts fits perfectly... Small home, doesn't need anything "extra" added (you said the room is warm enough), very inexpensive to care for/feed, can be handled, you probably have almost everything for one, isn't expensive up-front either, and you talk about them fondly. You could definitely take care of a Ts, and they have pretty long life spans (especially for being a spider!) and have personalities.
Well, the ones I want are cheap to own, maybe not to get..the Brazilian giant will be 50-75 dollars depending on how big it is when I get it (and the bigger it is the more likely it is a female!) and same goes for the green bottle blue, LOL! But they would be cheapest in the long run, and most of the others in this list are 50+ anyway. :)
I dunno..on the 17th of december is a reptile expo. There is also always a T guy there. Maybe I'll talk to some breeders and get more of a good idea of what I want!
I think that's an excellent idea! It will give you more insight and you can meet a few of the little fellas you want to get. I think once you get more information from another human being and get to handle, see, experience some of these pets it'll be easier for you to make your decision.
Just remember... don't rush into buying! I know you know that, but sometimes it's hard to remember when you're in a situation as exiting as that one and have the opportunity right in front of you! Maybe before the expo you should look at the items you have and make a list of things you have vs things you need for a Ts. That way you can browse/"window shop" and figure out cost estimates. And if you have everything.. well, then it isn't "rushing" to buy right then, is it?
Oh don't worry, I know not to rush. We rushed before and it was a mistake and we paid for it(our ball python maru came with mites, ticks, respiratory infection, parasites..lots of issues) I've been waiting on the perfect brazilian rainbow boa for 3 years now, and for a tokay for longer! :) We are honestly prepared for any of these pets, or a few more. We always have leftover supplies and heat pads laying around! And for anything insectivorous--we have insect colonies ready for food at our home at all times! :)
Might end up being the Ts and maybe something else.. I REALLY want the red eye croc skinks, but I want captive born and bred ones, and those are 150 each, and I'd like a pair. So that might wait. The rainbow boa I want is about 100 or a little more depending on the quality. Axolotls would be the cheapest, but then that's more water changes. I really might want the kenyan sand boa, if I can convince nathan that snakes don't have to be giant to be awesome
Oh there will be much debating going on!
Oh and if anyone else has other animal ideas, feel free to share pictures!! I could look at reptile pictures all day!