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How Fast Do Tarantulas Grow?

One of the things that surprises many people is just how slowly tarantulas actually grow. Unlike many of the arthropods crawling around our gardens, tarantulas don’t reach maturity in a…

Do Tarantulas Eat Mice?

Tarantulas are carnivorous invertebrates that survive by catching and eating other animals. In nature tarantulas most commonly eat suitably-sized insects, however they are known to eat almost anything that comes…

Can Two Praying Mantis Live Together?

Generally speaking praying mantis are solitary insects. The vast majority of praying mantis are not just carnivores, they are also cannibals. This means that attempting to keep two more praying…

Do Praying Mantis Have Venom?

It is well-known that many carnivorous animals have venom. Spiders and scorpions would be two great examples. So do praying mantis have venom too? No, praying mantis do not have…

Why Are Praying Mantis Different Colors?

Praying mantis come in a surprising range of different colors. Even within a single species you may find different colors in a single population.  The most common colors are green…

Do Tarantulas Like Being Handled?

One of the first questions I get when people find out that I keep tarantulas is whether I handle them. The answer to that is almost exclusively “no”. And part…

Do Tarantulas Drink Water?

Tarantulas do drink water. Without suitable moisture tarantulas can become dehydrated and may in extreme circumstances even die of thirst. In nature tarantulas may drink water from puddles or from…

When Do Praying Mantis Mate?

In temperate regions like the USA praying mantis mate in the summer. After a successful mating an adult female praying mantis will then continue laying eggs until her eventual demise…

Can You Hold a Praying Mantis?

The alien-like appearance of praying mantis, and their ability to sit motionless for hours on end, has resulted in all manner of myths and legends surrounding them. Many of these…