Tarantulas

Far from the fearsome creatures of Hollywood movies,

tarantulas are one of the most fascinating groups of pets available…

Over 800 different species of tarantula are now recognised, ranging from tiny specimens right up to giants like the Goliath Birdeater. 

While tarantulas may make some people sweat, take a closer look at this amazing group of animals and you’ll find a fascinating world reveals itself.

From tree-dwelling tarantulas to burrowing species, from fast moving species to plodders perfect for holding. No matter what your desires you’ll find there’s a tarantula right for you.

If you’re looking for tips and advice on caring for tarantulas as pets then read on…

Start Your Adventure Here!

Simply select from the following options to start learning all you need to know about keeping tarantulas as pets…

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Housing Tarantulas

A critical part of keeping tarantulas as pets is providing them with suitable housing. Here we discuss some of the options available to you, including recommendations for specific models.

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Heating Your Tarantula

Tarantulas tend to come from the warmer parts of the world, and need artificial heat throughout much of the year. This article discusses your options, together with recommendations for temperatures.

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Humidity for Tarantulas

Getting the humidity right in your tarantula tank is of critical importance. Here's how to do it right...

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Tarantula Substrates

What's the best material for the floor of your tarantula's cage?

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Feeding Tarantulas

In this article we introduce the topic of feeding tarantulas, covering a range of different sizes and types of spider, so that you can apply these techniques to any species you decide to keep.

What are the best beginner tarantulas? Read on for a detailed list of the top tarantula types if you're new to the hobby...

Best Tarantulas for Beginners

As the hobby has grown, so too has the range of spiders available in the pet trade. These days there are dozens of different tarantulas which are available to hobbyists; but which is the best pet tarantula for beginners?

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Rearing Tarantula Spiderlings

Rearing tarantulas from spiderling to adulthood is one of the most satisfying feelings around.

Is your tarantula coming up to moult? Essential advice to keep your spider safe during this difficult period.

Tarantula Moulting Tips

One of the most challenging parts of keeping a pet tarantula is caring for it before, during and after a moult.

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How To Control The Growth Rates Of Tarantulas

While some species of tarantula grow far faster than others it is possible within reason to control just how quickly individual tarantulas grow in captivity.

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How To Sex Adult Male Tarantulas

Sexing mature tarantulas is something that anyone can learn very quickly and easily.

Types of Tarantula

While no website can ever hope to describe every species of tarantula available, read on to find our ever-growing list of tarantula care sheets covering a multitude of species…

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Goliath Birdeater Care Sheet

The Goliath Birdeater is well-named, as it represents both the largest and heaviest spider in the world.

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Mexican Fireleg Care Sheet

Brachypelma boehmei, commonly known as the Mexican Fireleg or Mexican Rustleg is truly one of the most beautiful tarantulas in the world.

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Salmon Pink Bird Eater Care Sheet

The Salmon Pink Birdeater – Latin name Lasiodora parahybana – is known as one of the largest species of spider in the world.

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Venezuelan Sun Tiger Care Sheet

Originally described by biologist Saager as recently as 1994, this close relative to the Trinidad Chevron is one spider that all keepers should have in their collection…

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Mexican Red Rump Care Sheet

Words can hardly describe just how stunning a freshly moulted adult Brachypelma vagans really is; that incredible glossy velvet black background, with the abdomen clothed in bright scarlet hairs.

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Trinidad Chevron Care Sheet

Possessing a subtle beauty, the Trinidad Chevron (Latin name Psalmopoeus cambridgei) is one of the “original” pet tarantulas, having been kept and bred for decades.

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Fringed Ornamental Care Sheet

Poecilotheria ornata, commonly known as the Fringed Ornamental, is considered to be the second-largest species of Indian ornamentals (Poecilotheria genus) and may routinely grow to a legspan of 9-10″ across.

The stunning Cobalt Blue Tarantula is one of the worlds most attractive tarantulas. Full care guide provided.

Cobalt Blue Care Sheet

Under artificial lighting this tarantula can appear quite plain and dull, being clothed in black and gray hairs. Closer inspection however – especially in natural sunlight – reveals that this species has incredibly irridescent deep blue legs.

Green bottle blue tarantula (Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens).

Greenbottle Blue Care Sheet

Growing to around 5″ in legspan as adults these aren’t the largest of tarantulas, but this is definitely made up for by their orange rumps, metallic green carapace and almost unbelievable metallic blue legs.

Adult Aviculuria verisolor resting on bark in its cage.

Antilles Pink Toe Care Sheet

There can be few who would deny that the Antilles Pink Toe is truly one of the most beautiful tarantulas known to science.

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Rose Hair Tarantula Care Sheet

The Rose Hair Tarantula is the single most popular tarantula available in the pet trade.

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Orange Bitey Thinh (OBT) Care Sheet

The much-loved “Orange Bitey Thing” (or OBT for short) is the stuff of legends. A brilliant bright orange tarantula with a serious attitude!

The Indian Ornamental tarantula.

Indian Ornamental Care Sheet

The Indian Ornamental tarantula has been a mainstay of the pet trade for years. Even today, with so many new species discovered by scientists, it is considered one of the most beautiful tarantulas of all.

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Mexican Red Knee Care Sheet

The Mexican Red Knee is in many ways the “perfect” tarantula. It grows to a healthy 5-6″ legspan, has a chunky look that is almost “cute” (to some people at least) and is brightly coloured.

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Brazilian Black Care Sheet

Clothed in velvet black hairs it looks sleek and glossy, especially after a fresh moult. The general body shape is chunky and thick-set, giving it a sturdy appearance overall; quite different to how leggy many tarantulas are.

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Curly Haired Tarantula Care Sheet

Brachyplema albopilosum, the Curly Haired Tarantula, is considered one of the very best species for beginners. Slow-moving and docile, it is safe to handle. It is easily cared for in captivity, and is very forgiving of a wide range of different conditions.

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Mexican Red Leg Care Sheet

Closely related to the Mexican Red Knee, Brachypelma emilia is an undeniably stunning spider. The combination of glossy black background, highlighted with bright on the carapace and legs, makes this one of the more colorful species.