If you have just purchased or are thinking of getting a pet tarantula, you are definitely at the right place to get some help to provide the best care for it. In the following article, you will get a basic guideline highlighting the vital aspects regarding the care and feeding of a pet tarantula. If you follow these simple tips, you will be one step further to embarking on an exciting journey with your spider friend.
There are as many as 900 different species of tarantulas scattered around the world. There are great differences in their sizes and appearances. Some of them are little more difficult to look after, based on their housing and feeding requirements but the majority of them are fairly easy to care for. It is best to have a good understanding about the basics of caring for your pet tarantula and also aware of any special considerations which is important for their health before you decide to get one.
Feeding Your Pet Tarantula
Crickets are ideal for them, but their diet must provide them with the vitamins and nutrients that they need, so you may need to mix other foods in. The adult tarantulas will require food once a week, as opposed to the growing ones which require several meals. In addition to crickets, you can feed them mealworms, insects, super worms, lizards and cockroaches.
Keep in mind that the food size should always be small compared to the tarantula’s body. Get rid of any uneaten meals after twenty four hours, particularly during times when your spider is molting. You can keep their water in a low bowl with pebbles to help protect them from drowning.
The place where they live will be an essential part of your pet tarantula’s care and well being. One of the good things about having this pet is that they will not require large housing, which means that a tank that is roughly three times the size of their leg length will be ideal. Make sure you have a tank that can be shut securely to safeguard against them escaping and to keep things from getting in, but make sure there is a sufficient air flow. Give them a hideout area, which can be a short length of plastic pipe, hollow log or something similar. They need to be kept warm so the temperatures should be set at about 25-29C. You can use the heating strips or pads instead of incandescent lights.
Basic safety Considerations
First thing to be aware of is that there is a possibility of your pet tarantula biting you. Even though the bite won’t be lethal, they might trigger allergy symptoms, particularly if you react badly to bee and wasp stings.
Another thing you need to be aware of, is that tarantulas do have very thin skin, particularly around their abdomen, which could rupture or break easily if they fall. It’s probably a good idea to not provide them anything in their home where they could get very far above the ground to prevent any injuries from falling.
By feeding your pet tarantula a good diet and providing them with a good home you will keep them healthy and happy. The healthier your pet is the more active they’ll be and thus more interesting. Even though you really can’t play with them like other pets they will crawl around on you and appear to enjoy interacting with you. Because they are so easy and cheap to care for a tarantula will make a great pet.