Togo Starburst Baboon (Heteroscodra maculata) Care Sheet

Are tarantulas aggressive?

The Togo Starburst Baboon tarantula is quite different to many of the more popular pet tarantulas. Whilst species like the Blue Baboon and King Baboon have gained in popularity at least thanks to their coloration, the Starburst Baboon is rather more muted. Look a little more closely, however, and this subtle appearance is actually very …

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Mexican Pink Tarantula (Brachypelma klaasi) Care Sheet

The Mexican Pink tarantula (Brachypelma klaasi) fits the standard Brachypelma tarantula profile; chunky appearance, docile temperament and bright colors. As the common name suggests, the Mexican Pink is clothed in bright hairs over a black background. While keepers disagree about whether these really look pink, nobody would deny what a beautiful tarantula species this is. …

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Socotra Island Blue Baboon (Monocentropus balfouri) Care Sheet

Back when I first started keeping tarantulas in the mid 1990’s there was really only one tarantula in the hobby that might be considered as “blue” – the Cobalt Blue tarantula from Asia. Soon afterward came others, however, such as the stunning Greenbottle Blue and the Martinique Pinktoe. The Socotra Island Blue Baboon, however, was …

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Mexican Flame Knee Tarantula (Brachypelma auratum) Care Sheet

At first glance the Mexican Flame Knee tarantula (Brachypelma auratum) closely resembles the far better-known Mexican Red Knee (Brachypelma hamorii/smithi). Look a little closer, however, and subtle differences start to become clear… Whilst both species have vivid orange or red stripes on their “knees” it is the background color that effectively separates these two species. …

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Friendliest Tarantula Species: What are the Most Docile Pet Tarantulas?

Tarantulas can vary significantly in how “friendly” they are. The friendliest and most docile species can make an ideal first pet tarantula for beginners, significantly reducing the chances of losing your tarantula or getting bitten.  Before we look at the friendliest tarantula species it’s worth quickly discussing exactly what I mean by this word. Essentially …

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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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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 matter of weeks or even months. Tarantulas can take several years to go from spiderling to adult spider.  In a Nutshell It’s very difficult to …

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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 within range and is small enough to subdue. This can sometimes include lizards and baby birds if the opportunity arises. But do tarantulas eat mice? …

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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 the bases of plants. Alternatively many smaller tarantulas can drink from raindrops that have settled on plants and other surfaces. In captivity it is important …

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