Should I Clean My Tarantula Cage?

Should I Clean My Tarantula Cage?

One of the benefits of keeping tarantulas as pets is how seldom they need cleaning out. Tarantulas are generally clean, hygienic and scent-free pets requiring very little maintenance.  But that isn’t to say tarantulas require zero cleaning.  It is wise to spot-clean your tarantula from time-to-time in order to avoid it getting too nasty. Some …

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Can Tarantulas Climb Walls?

Can Tarantulas Climb Walls?

If your tarantula has escaped and you’re wondering if it can climb up walls then you’ve come to the right place. The answer to this question is quite simple if we split tarantulas into two distinct groups; the arboreal tarantulas that live in trees, and ground dwelling or burrowing tarantulas. Some arboreal tarantulas are able …

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Are Rose Hair Tarantulas Friendly?

Are Rose Hair Tarantulas Friendly?

Rose hairs are considered to be some of the most friendly tarantulas available.  Rose Hair tarantulas are often recommended as the ideal first tarantula due to their gentle and calm disposition, slow movement, ease of care and long lifespan. That said, there are a few downsides to keeping rose hair tarantulas. These are: Slow Growing …

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Why Won’t My Tarantula Eat?

Why Won't My Tarantula Eat?

It can be very stressful for a new tarantula keeper when your spider stops feeding. The first bit of good news, however, is that most tarantulas can go for weeks – if not months – without eating and suffer no ill effects. So this is not yet the time to start stressing.  There are a …

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Can Tarantulas Climb Glass?

Can Tarantulas Climb Glass?

Tarantulas can easily climb glass, which means that a secure-fitting lid is essential when they are kept as pets.  They manage this thanks to the microscopic hooks on their “toes”, combined with many fine hairs to be found on their legs.  The ease and speed with which a tarantula climbs glass can vary, however. Arboreal …

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Can You Cross Breed Tarantulas?

Can You Cross Breed Tarantulas?

It is possible to cross breed tarantulas, but this is very much frowned upon within the tarantula keeping community. Cross breeding is generally only possible between closely-related species.  The reproductive organs of tarantulas vary quite significantly in design. Furthermore, different species of tarantula have varying mating dances/calls. Therefore a distantly-related male may not be able …

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Tarantula Molting Or Dead?

Tarantula Molting Or Dead?

One of the most pressing questions for new spider keepers is whether their tarantula is molting or dead. Fortunately, it is generally pretty easy to tell the difference when you know what you’re looking for.  At the time of writing my own personal tarantula collection consists of over 250 specimens, so I get molts pretty …

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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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