Cyriopagopus sp. Hati Hati (Purple Earth Tiger) Care Sheet

Cyriopagopus sp. Hati Hati is a popular and beautiful arboreal tarantula. It displays rich blue/purple legs and abdomen in natural light, coupled with rich abdominal patterning, making it a very attractive species to keep.  Maximum size is around 5-6” in diagonal leg span, making it an average-sized theraphosid.  This species is easily bred and fast-growing, …

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Thrixopelma ockerti /Peruvian Flame Rump Care Sheet

T ockerti

Thrixopelma ockerti, sometimes known by the common name of the Peruvian Flame Rump, is an unusual and interesting New World tarantula.  While there are numerous tarantulas that possess red hairs on the abdomen, Thrixopelma ockerti is in my opinion the most visually stunning of all. This is because the colors are so much brighter than …

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Nhandu chromatus (Brazilian Red & White Tarantula) Tarantula Care Sheet

Nhandu chromatus

Nhandu chromatus is a stunning ground-dwelling tarantula from Brazil and Paraguay. It grows to a good size, is brightly colored, easily cared for and is typically very reasonably priced. For these reasons it has become a very popular pet tarantula over the years.  Back when I first started keeping tarantulas in the mid 1990’s there …

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Idiothele mira / Blue Foot Baboon Care Sheet

Idiothele mira

Idiothele mira, also sometimes known as the Blue Footed Baboon, is a mid-sized burrowing tarantula from Africa. To my eyes, they’re one of the more exciting species currently in the hobby, owing to a great combination of attractive appearance and fascinating behavior.  Appearance  As the common name of Idiothele mira would suggest, this tarantula species …

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Leopard Gecko Care Sheet: Best Cages, Heating & Feeding

Leopard gecko care sheet

Leopard geckos are one of the most popular pet lizards of all. This is not without reason. They are beautiful reptiles, with their leopard-like patterning and rounded, cute faces.  Leopard geckos are easily cared for when you address a few basic requirements. They can also become tame enough to be handled safely. If you’re considering …

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What Do Tarantulas Need in Their Cage?

Tarantulas are quite simple to keep as pets and only need a small number of things within their cage. At a bare minimum larger tarantulas should be provided with a suitable substrate, somewhere to create a hide, and water bowl so they can drink at will. They should also be provided with suitable ventilation holes …

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Poecilotheria rufilata / Red Slate Ornamental Care Sheet

Poecilotheria rufilata, commonly known as the Red Slate Ornamental, is an arboreal (tree dwelling) tarantula from the Indian subcontinent. It is generally considered to be the largest member of the Poecilotheria genus, with some keepers claiming a potential legspan of 8” or more. In appearance Poecilotheria rufilata broadly mimics it’s cousins like P. regalis and …

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Harpactira pulchripes (Golden Blue Leg Baboon) Care Sheet

Harpactira pulchripes - the golden blue leg baboon.

The 19th of May 2019 was a very special day for me. It was the day I collected not just one – but four different specimens – of Harpactira pulchripes. Also known by the common name of the Golden Blue Legged Baboon, this is a tarantula that I’ve had my eye on for years. Finally, …

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Crested Gecko Care Sheet – Vivariums, Feeding, Heating & More

The crested gecko was once feared extinct, until the species was rediscovered in the 1990s. Since then it has become one of the most popular pet lizards in the world. There are a number of reasons for this including: Ease of Feeding – A major concern among new reptile keepers is what their pet will …

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Blue Tongue Skink Care Sheet

The blue tongue skink has become one of the most popular pet lizards in the world. If you’re currently doing your research before purchasing your first blue tongue skink then read our detailed blue tongue skink care sheet for all the key information you need to know… Blue Tongue Skink Cages Blue tongue skinks are …

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