For tarantula enthusiasts, giving your beloved pet arachnid a unique name is often important, as many owners love their spiders as much as they would love a more traditional pet, such as a dog or cat. However, choosing a name that is appropriate for a tarantula is not always an easy feat for a number of reasons. It can be tricky trying to decide if you want to give you spider a tough or endearing sounding name. Many owners may also be unsure of the sex of their tarantula, as it can often be difficult to distinguish if your spider is a male or female. Here are some different names you may consider giving to your tarantula.
I named my first tarantula, a Greenbottle Blue Charlotte after the spider from the popular childrens novel “Charlotte’s Web.” This name is appropriate for female tarantulas of any species, but is especially true if your spider is an arboreal or semi-arboreal species known for spinning intricate webs. If you name your tarantula Charlotte before you are sure of the sex, only to later find out that your spider is a male, you can always change his name to Charlie.
Bitsy is an adorable and endearing name to consider naming your tarantula. Inspired by the childrens rhyme “The Itsy, Bitsy Spider,” this sweet name will showcase the more sensitive side to your eight-legged friend. Bitsy may be an appropriate name for dwarf species of tarantulas, but can also be a unique, somewhat ironic name for larger species such as the Goliath Birdeater.
Rosie is another cute name to consider naming a female tarantula, especially if you own a Chilean Rosehair tarantula.
For a male tarantula, Rover is a unique name idea to consider, as this name is commonly used for dogs. Naming your tarantula Rover can be an interesting conversation starter with guests and can even make friends and family who are uneasy around your spider see how special your connection with your spider truly is.
Harry Potter fans will quickly forge the connection between this name and the book “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.” This name is perfect for any male tarantula, but is especially great for larger species.
Dracula is another great name for male tarantulas. Since tarantulas possess large fangs that they eat through, this name is entirely appropriate especially if you want a more creepy, typical name for your arachnid.