Mexican Fireleg (Brachypelma boehmei) Care Sheet

Brachypelma boehmei, commonly known as the Mexican Fireleg or Mexican Rustleg is truly one of the most beautiful tarantulas in the world. Hailing from the Western Pacific coast of Mexico, this is a “chunky” looking spider with brilliant orange legs and carapace, contrasted against black femurs and abdomen. Originally described by taxonomists Schmidt and Klass …

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Mexican Red Leg Tarantula (Brachypelma emilia) Care Sheet

The Mexican Red Leg tarantula, Brachypelma emilia, is a chunky, slow-moving and docile tarantula. Closely related to the Mexican Red Knee, Brachypelma emilia is an undeniably stunning spider. The combination of glossy black background, highlighted with bright on the carapace and legs, makes this one of the more colorful species. Combine this with their reasonably …

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Tliltocatl albopilosus / Curly Hair Tarantula Care Sheet

The Curly Hair Tarantula, Latin name Tliltocatl albopilosum, is considered one of the very best species for beginners.  The Curly Hair tarantula is slow-moving and docile, particularly as an adult. It is therefore easily handled.  Growing to a legspan of some 5 – 6 inches, it has only modest requirements in captivity. The common name …

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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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How Often Do Tarantulas Molt?

How Often Do Tarantulas Molt?

Molting is an important part of a tarantula’s life. When a tarantula molts it is able to regenerate lost or damaged body parts, including legs and hair. It is also the process through which a tarantula grows. But there are also risks – molting is a dangerous time for a tarantula, where it is almost …

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What Do Baby Tarantulas Eat? What To Feed Tarantula Slings?

What Do Baby Tarantulas Eat?

Tarantulas are carnivorous invertebrates that will eat almost any live animal they can subdue. While this can include small birds, reptiles or even mammals, in reality this means tarantulas almost exclusively eat other suitably-sized invertebrates. Baby tarantulas, being so tiny when they hatch, most commonly eat very small insects.   For baby pet tarantulas the most …

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Should I Remove My Tarantulas Molt?

Should I Remove My Tarantulas Molt?

Tarantula molts should always be removed from the cage if possible.  If a tarantula molt is left in the cage for too long it not only looks unsightly, but more importantly it can attract mites. Mites in a tarantula cage are always bad news, so it’s quicker and simpler to just remove a molt when …

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What Are New World Tarantulas?

What Are New World Tarantulas?

New World tarantulas are those that come from the Americas. Namely North American, Central America and South America, together with the Caribbean Islands. This is in contrast to Old World tarantulas which come from the rest of the world, particularly Africa and Asia.  While there are always exceptions to any rule, New World tarantulas are …

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Can Tarantulas Eat Mealworms?

Can Tarantulas Eat Mealworms?

Mealworms are an incredibly popular feeder insect for many pets, so understandably many people wonder if tarantulas can eat mealworms.  Tarantulas can eat mealworms without problem.  Mealworms are also easy to work with for most tarantula enthusiasts; for example they don’t jump about like crickets or try to fly away like fruit flies.  However before …

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Do Tarantulas Eat Their Molt?

Do Tarantulas Eat Their Molt?

Tarantulas don’t usually eat their molt.  Normally, once a tarantula has molted, you will find the molted skin still within their cage. For tarantulas that choose to molt out in the open, this skin will be almost instantly visible.  However in tarantulas that molt down a burrow, or in a piece of cork bark, it …

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Can You Overfeed A Tarantula?

Can You Overfeed a Tarantula?

Feeding your tarantula correctly is crucial to their long-term health. Some tarantulas seem to have an insatiable appetite, willingly eating anything you drop into their cage. Understandably this leads to some keepers asking if you can overfeed a tarantula. Can tarantulas get obese, and if so will it shorten their lifespan or cause other health …

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Do Tarantulas Need A Heat Lamp?

Do Tarantulas Need a Heat Lamp?

Tarantulas are cold-blooded – meaning that they are unable to generate their own heat. Instead, they absorb warmth from their environment.  At the same time we know that most tarantulas come from the warmer parts of the world, so it is natural to ask whether tarantulas need a heat lamp to remain healthy.   The answer …

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