Do Tarantulas Shed Their Skin?

Tarantulas are arthropods – a group of animals characterised by their tough outer skeleton. While this exoskeleton provides support and protection, it also makes growth very difficult indeed. Tarantulas shed their skin regularly. The process of shedding their skin is necessary for the tarantula to grow. It is also an opportunity for the tarantula to …

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Do Tarantulas Bite?

Tarantulas are known for being big, hairy predators. Every time they appear in a movie or a newspaper they’re made out to be dangerous killers. But what is the reality? Do tarantulas bite? And are they dangerous to humans? All tarantulas have fangs that they use to subdue their prey. As a result, all tarantulas …

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Do Tarantulas Jump?

Tarantulas can jump, but this is almost-exclusively confined to arboreal (tree dwelling) tarantulas. Some of these specimens can be surprisingly adept at jumping. Most common terrestrial species of tarantula are too heavy and chunky to jump. It is therefore very unlikely that these tarantulas will jump very much at all.  Should I Worry About My …

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Why Do Tarantulas Molt?

Molting is important to tarantulas for a variety of reasons. Possibly the biggest reason why tarantulas molt is to allow them to grow larger. However molting also offers an opportunity to regrow missing body parts, including urticating hairs that have been kicked off in the past. Lastly, molting is necessary for male tarantulas to reach …

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Can Tarantulas Change Gender?

As far as we are aware tarantulas do not change gender. It is possible to sex tarantulas from quite a young age, and once the gender has been identified this does not change during the lifetime of the spider. The only potential issue with sexing immature tarantulas is that the process requires a degree of …

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Do Tarantulas Eat Their Babies?

While female tarantulas may carefully tend their eggsac to ensure the best possible conditions for hatching, once the spiderlings emerge they are indeed at risk of being eaten.  It is safe to say that tarantulas do eat their babies if the opportunity arises. In the wild, baby tarantulas will leave the safety of their mother’s …

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Kingsnake Care Sheet

KIngsnake care sheet

King snakes are a large family of non-venomous snakes, many of which can make ideal pets. Generally speaking king snakes are very hardy in captivity, grow to a very modest size, and many will become docile enough to handle with ease.  Like any pet reptile, however, keeping your king snake successfully is rather more involved …

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