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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!

Mexican Fireleg (Brachypelma boehmei) Care Sheet

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

Orange Bitey Thing (OBT) Tarantula Care

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

Goliath Birdeater (Theraphosa blondi) Care Sheet

The Goliath Birdeater is well-named, as it represents both the largest and heaviest spider in the world.The Guinness Book of World Records reports that...
The Chilean Rose Hair tarantula is one of the best pet tarantulas for beginners. This complete caresheet teaches you everything you need to know to keep this amazing exotic pet in captivity.

Rose Hair Tarantula Care (Grammostola rosea)

The Rose Hair Tarantula is the single most popular tarantula available in the pet trade.They are naturally very docile and can be safely and...
This is Aviculuria versicolor, the Antilles Pink Toe tarantula. Full care sheet is provided for this species.

Keeping Avicularia Versicolor – The Antilles Pink Toe Tarantula (Care Sheet)

Originally described in 1837, Avicularia versicolor is the thing of legends; it's not uncommon for new tarantula enthusiasts to quickly add it to their...
A close-up of the stunning green bottle blue tarantula.

Greenbottle Blue Tarantula (Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens) Care Sheet

The Greenbottle Blue tarantula is one of the most stunning tarantulas in the world.While "blue" tarantulas are always popular in the hobby, I would...
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 Beginner Tarantulas: What Are The Best Pet Tarantulas for Beginners?

There are estimated to be over 800 different species of tarantula known to science, so choosing your first pet tarantula is no easy task.As...
Is your tarantula coming up to moult? Essential advice to keep your spider safe during this difficult period.

How Do I Know If My Tarantula Is Going To Moult?

One of the most challenging parts of keeping a pet tarantula is caring for it before, during and after a moult.A pet tarantula is...
The stunning Cobalt Blue Tarantula is one of the worlds most attractive tarantulas. Full care guide provided.

Cobalt Blue Tarantula (Cyriopagopus lividum) Caresheet

Cobalt Blue tarantulas are one of the most impressive tarantulas available in the pet trade.It gained notoriety from its incredible coloration. Under artificial lighting...
The Indian Ornamental tarantula.

Tarantula Substrates: What’s Best?

Tarantula keeping has come a long way since its early days.We now have more species available, new types of cages and a better understanding...

Symptoms Of Urticating Hairs In Tarantulas

It's essential that any animal can protect itself from predators in the wild and tarantulas are no different. They spend much of their lives...
tarantula facts

The 10 Most Astonishing Tarantula Facts Ever

Tarantulas are truly amazing creatures that have captured human imaginations over the centuries.However there's a lot more to these giant hairy spiders than initially...