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 of the reason for that pertains to whether or not tarantulas actually like being handled. Broadly speaking tarantulas don’t like being handled. Some calmer and …

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Neoholothele Incei (Trinidad Olive) Tarantula Care Sheet

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The Trinidad Olive tarantula is a popular pet tarantula, despite its diminutive adult size. There are a couple of reasons for this… Color Forms Neoholothele incei is found in two different color forms. Firstly there is a traditional form consisting primarily of an olive background color with attractive striped markings on the abdomen. The carapace …

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Ybyrapora diversipes (Amazon Sapphire Pink Toe) Tarantula Care Sheet

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Ybyrapora diversipes must be one of the most colorful tarantulas currently available in the hobby. From the metallic green/blue base color to the red/pink stripe on the abdomen this is really a spider for people (like me) who appreciate really vibrant tarantulas. It’s little wonder their common name is the “Amazon Sapphire”. Understandably such a …

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Hapalopus sp. Colombia Large (Pumpkin Patch Tarantula) Care Sheet

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Hapalopus sp. Colombia Large is a small ground-dwelling tarantula with unusual orange markings on the abdomen. These markings have led to the surprising common name of “Pumpkin Patch”.  Hapalopus sp. Colombia Large has yet to be properly scientifically described, hence the rather unwieldy “scientific” name it is normally given. Hapalopus means “soft foot”. The Colombia …

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Cyriocosmus elegans (Trinidad Dwarf) Tarantula Care Sheet

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Cyriocosmus elegans is a dwarf burrowing tarantula species with a unique and most attractive appearance. Cyriocosmus elegans is the total opposite of what most people think a tarantula should be. Big? Nope. Brown? No way. Aggressive? Negative. It’s the very fact that Cyriocosmus elegans is so “different” to more common species like Curly Hairs or …

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Thrixopelma ockerti /Peruvian Flame Rump Care Sheet

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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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Do Tarantulas Need Heat?

Tarantulas are cold-blooded creatures that are unable to produce their own body heat. Instead, they absorb this warmth from the environment around them. For this reason, most tarantulas are found in warmer parts of the world.  This warmth is important for a variety of biological processes, and a tarantula that is kept too cold for …

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Do Tarantulas Make Webs?

Tarantulas have two pairs of spinnerets that are used to produce silk. This silk can be used for a variety of purposes. Tarantulas can and do use silk to make webs, however these look very different to the traditional spiders webs seen in your home or garden.  Do All Tarantulas Make Webs? While all tarantulas …

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What Do Tarantulas Do When They Are Scared?

Despite their fearsome reputation among the general public, tarantulas are actually quite shy and retiring creatures. Most would far prefer to run away and hide. Only when they are cornered and feel threatened will a tarantula potentially use a range of defensive mechanisms to protect itself.  Some examples of what tarantulas do when scared include: …

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Can Tarantulas Die During Moulting?

Tarantulas can and do die during moulting. The process of moulting is one of the most dangerous times for a tarantula for many reasons. As a result many tarantulas sadly pass during this period. It also represents one of the most common reasons for pet tarantulas to die.  What are the Dangers of Moulting? There …

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Do Tarantulas Legs Grow Back?

Tarantulas are able to grow back legs. This means that a tarantula that has lost a leg due to a difficult moult or having been attacked by a predator are able to make themselves whole once again in the future.  Tarantulas are also capable of regrowing their pedipalps, fangs and chelicerae if they can manage …

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