Beginners Guide for Pet Tarantula

Beginners Guide for Pet Tarantula


Whenever we hear the word spider, most of us become terrified. This all is due to the spooky appearance of spiders. However, many people love to have a pet spider, and most of them choose tarantula as a pet. There are more than 800 species of tarantulas present throughout the world that have somewhat similar requirements that you should know before considering them as a pet. Mexican Red-Knee, Chilean Rose, Costa Rican Zebra, Mexican Redleg, Honduran Curly Hair, and Pink Zebra Beauty are some docile species that a beginner can adopt.


Necessary Information and Arrangements

To consider a tarantula as a pet spider, first of all, you should have a legal permit of it, if it’s required in your state. As in different areas, there are different criteria to have a pet spider. Along with the legal license of a tarantula, you should also know about the necessary identification and behavior of your tarantula. Mexican Red-Knee is a docile and calm tarantula in the spider family, making it best for beginners. Females of this spider can live up to 30 years, and males have only a life span of 5 years. However, the average life span of this tarantula in captivity is about ten years.


Housing and Its Management

Arranging a favorable habitat for your tarantula is essential. A 5-10-liters/gallon tank will be enough for your Mexican Red-Knee. If you are using a fish tank, then try to cover the holes on the upper side of the tank. Only leave a couple of them that should be less than 4 mm so that proper respiration can occur. You should also tightly close the lid of the container, or you can place some heavy objects on it so that the pet spider doesn’t get out of the tank.

Bedding should be at least 4 inches thick for your pet spider. You can use a mix of soil, peat moss, and vermiculite for Mexican Red-Knee. You can also make the environment more favorable by using some hiding places and some pieces of extended objects. In this way, the tarantula will be more comfortable and stress-free because these things mimic its natural environment. The temperature should be no more than 30 ®C (85 F), and humidity should be around 60%, for most species you will keep the humidity up just by spraying it down once or twice a week depending on the species. The Mexican Red-Knee will do just fine with overflowing it’s water dish once per week.


Feed Management

Arranging and way of giving food to your pet spider is the next thing that you should know. Insects like crickets, grasshoppers, or roaches can be fed to your Mexican Red-Knee. Schedule a diet plan for your tarantula, feeding can vary, most spiders will eat once weekly but if in premoult or larger they can go for prolonged periods without any food. Use shallow dish as a water source for your pet spider. Always use live insects that you bought from the market, because wild insects may have parasites in it that may lead to other health problems.


Ways of Cuddling Your Pet Spider and Precautions

We keep a pet to play with them. However, it is a little bit different in the case of pet spiders, especially for tarantulas. It is advisable to watch your tarantula dwelling in the tank on different objects. You should not try to catch tarantula as they have a very fragile abdomen, and a little pressure can rupture it. Moreover, they can attack in the form of tiny urticating hair in the direction of the attacker. They can assume you’re an attacker when you try to touch them and they can start a shower of tiny hair from their back with the help of legs. This hair can lead to itching that can continue for many days.

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