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Love them or loath them, nobody can deny just how fascinating giant, hairy tarantulas truly are.With over 800 recognized species, and ever more of these being kept in captivity each year, keeping tarantulas as pets represents a fascinating opportunity to learn about these much-maligned creatures.Be careful though - my own experience suggests that once you own more than just a couple of spiders it's easy to become obsessed and end up with literally hundreds of them. You have been warned!

Humidity for Tarantulas

One of the most important keys to success when keeping tarantulas is getting their environmental conditions correct.This means that they must have the correct...

Mexican Red Leg Tarantula (Brachypelma emilia) Care Sheet

The Mexican Red Leg tarantula, Brachypelma emilia, is a chunky, slow-moving and docile tarantula.Closely related to the Mexican Red Knee, Brachypelma emilia is an...

Honduran Curly Hair Tarantula (Brachypelma albopilosum) 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....

Brazilian Black Tarantula (Grammostola pulchra) Care Sheet

The Brazilian Black, Grammostola pulchra, is one of my favourite tarantula species of all.I barely know where to begin singing it's praises.Lets start with...

How to Care for Tarantula Spiderlings

As with all invertebrate pets, young tarantulas are altogether more fragile and sensitive than larger specimens.While it can be much cheaper to purchase spiderlings,...

Tarantula Cages & Housing

Tarantula cages have come a long way in recent years.When I first started keeping tarantulas in the 1990's (how old do I feel now?)...

Mexican Red Rump (Brachypelma vagans) Care Sheet

Brachypelma vagans, the Mexican Red Rump, is a tarantula very close to my heart.It's the first species that I ever bred, back in the...

Venezuelan Sun Tiger (Psalmopoeus irminia) Care Sheet

The Venezuelan Sun Tiger, Latin name Psalmopoeus irminia, is a truly stunning spider.A mid-sized species, typically reaching around 5-6" in legspan, it has bright...

Mexican Red Knee Tarantula (Brachypelma smithi) Care Sheet

Brachypelma smithi, better known as the Mexican Red Knee tarantula, is one of the best-known of all theraphosid spiders.Tremendously popular in the early days...
The Indian Ornamental tarantula.

Indian Ornamental Tarantula Care (Poecilotheria regalis)

The Indian Ornamental tarantula has been a mainstay of the pet trade for years. Even today, with so many new species discovered by scientists,...

Salmon Pink Birdeater Care (Lasiodora parahybana)

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

The Beginners Guide to Feeding Tarantulas

Feeding tarantulas isn't difficult, but there are a number of basic lessons that need to be understood.In this article we're going to introduce the...