Tarantulas As Pets

Over the last couple of years, tarantulas have become quite popular pets. Keeping tarantulas as pets are considered to be a fascinating hobby, and although it sounds quite scary (especially to people who have arachnophobia), it is actually a quite easy thing to do. The reason why is because not only are tarantulas quiet and unique, but they don’t need a lot of space as well. What this means is that you don’t need to have a big house or flat in order to keep a tarantula as your pet.

How many tarantula species are there today? More than 800 tarantula species belong to the family known as Theraphosidae. They can be found in many different areas and climates, including tropical, arid, and subtropical. These tarantulas can be divided into two different categories. One of them is known as the new world, and the other one is known as the old world. The new world comes from the western hemisphere, while the old world comes from the eastern hemisphere. Grammostola Rosea (also known as Chilean Rose) is one of the more popular tarantula species kept as a pet.

Is It Dangerous
Some tarantulas can be pretty dangerous, and the reason why is because they can bite. Their bite is actually quite dangerous, so make sure to avoid it at all times. However, most tarantulas’ bites are not any more dangerous than bees’ or wasps’ bites. Such bite can cause things such as pain, redness, and swelling, but it is not lethal.

Choosing the Right One
There are many different tarantula species available on the market today. So, how to choose the right one? Basically, there are six specific species that are the best for the first time owners – Costa Rican Zebra, Chilean Rose, Mexican Redknee, Curly Hair Tarantula, Mexican Blonde, and Mexican Redleg.

How to Feed Them
Crickets combined with other insects is something that your pet tarantula would enjoy eating. Tarantulas don’t eat very often, so finding some food for them shouldn’t be a problem since you have a lot of time on your hands. However, a growing tarantula needs to eat a couple of times per week, so keep this in mind if you have a growing tarantula.