The beautiful and exotic South American tarantula will catch everyone’s attention and can make a great pet. However, there are certain responsibilities that come with owning one. Before you take on this responsibility, there are several things that you need to keep in mind. How will you take care of it? What do they eat? Are they dangerous? Don’t worry, we’ve got you. In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know before getting a pet tarantula.
Deciding What Breed You Want
Did you know that there are more than 800 breeds of this exotic spider? Pretty epic, right? The downside of that is that only some of them are suitable to be kept as pets. Some of the common breeds that are beginner-friendly are the Chilean rose, Mexican red knee, Brachypelma albopilosum, which is a curly hair Tarantula, and many more. They make amazing pets because they are quiet and more adaptable than other spiders in their environment. The desert blonde tarantula, however, may be more aggressive than other species.
Feeding and Food Sources
Tarantulas are carnivores; they need to eat live insects to survive. Before getting one as a pet, make sure to do your research about what they eat and where you can get it. Several websites deliver live insects to your door. Tarantula food can also come in tubes. There are several alternatives, especially for crickets and locusts.
One key thing to remember is that you should not overfeed your tarantula. . For an adult, you should feed it every 3-6 days. Introduce the insects little by little to get them used to the taste. Do not leave out uneaten insects. They can go bad and cause health problems for your tarantula. It is a good idea to keep a journal to track their meals, changes in the skin, and molting.
Tarantulas Are Not Your Ideal Cuddle Buddy
Tarantulas are excellent pets that are easy to care for. However, they are not a cuddle buddy with whom you can snuggle. They can get anxious when touched and try to escape. Some breeds prefer to be left alone. Some owners need to clean the tanks in a bathroom to ensure that their spiders do not run away and hide. Although some can be venomous, most people do not react to their bite unless they are allergic, but it is always best to be careful. Leave them alone for your good.
Setting up the New Pet’s Home
The four most important things to consider when setting up a home for your pet tarantula are security, safety, heating, and size. Remember that tarantulas are cannibalistic; hence, spiders never should be kept together. Tarantulas are masters of escape. Get a water tank or terrarium with either a locking net lid and keep the lid closed at all times to ensure it remains in its lane. Your beloved spider should be kept in a reservoir with a minimum capacity of five gallons. Tarantulas do not need plants or decorations, but they can be implemented to increase the attractiveness of your pet’s house.
Silk or plastic plants are far longer lasting than living plants and do not cause the substratum (the layer under the floor) or the tank to get too moist due to humidity. There is also no need for light as tarantulas prefer dark cages. Remember that tarantulas are active at night and require a place of safety or a hideout. Cork bark, hollow logs, and driftwood are appealing decorative elements and provide a welcome hiding place for your spider.
Avoid objects with sharp borders or a rough texture. When considering using outdoor decorations or materials, always ensure that they are free from pesticides, fertilizers, or any other dangerous materials. Remember to sterilize all items before placing them in the terrarium. When designing your tank, remember that terrestrial tarantulas like a deeper substratum and more soil, while arbored tarantulas need a bigger enclosure with a cork cask or a similar item for climbing and fastening silk nests.
Looking for Places To Buy Tarantulas Who Can Provide Advice
When tarantulas first became popular with spider enthusiasts, most of them came from the wild. As with any other exotic animal, over-exporting can lead to the species becoming endangered. This was the case with some breeds of tarantula, including the red knee tarantula of Mexico. A few of these breeds are now under certain import limits, prohibiting the export from their native habitats. These protected species can still be obtained, but you must buy a tarantula that is raised from a reputable source in captivity, with proper conditions to ensure maximum longevity and wellness.
Commitment to Your Little Friend – It Is a Long One!
Are you ready to commit to your lovely little one? Trust me, it is a long one. To be exact, around 20 years. Not only that, but during this time, it will require regular food and water, a proper heat and humidity environment, and regular terrarium cleaning to ensure a healthy lifestyle as they age. You cannot just take it out and let it go. If you think you may get tired of taking care of your pet tarantula, don’t get it. Be certain that you’re ready for the long haul. If you are, they are the most low-maintenance animal you can get!
Tarantulas are low-maintenance pets, and it is easy to keep happy. These amazing creatures are beautiful and fascinating to have around. We hope this article helped you make your decision, and if you get one, make your pet tarantula journey easier. Remember to research your breed and discuss with the seller everything you need to know. Ease into it and have fun. Thank you for reading! Now go; your pet tarantula is waiting to be held!
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