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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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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Costa Rican Zebra Tarantula (Aphonopelma seemanni) Care Sheet

The Costa Rican Zebra is one of the “original” tarantulas in the hobby. When I first started to keep tarantulas in the 90’s this was one of the few commonly-available species in reptile stores. While there seem to be fewer around these days, they’re still a popular and beautiful species. The Costa Rican Zebra (also …

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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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Brazilian White Knee Tarantula (Acanthoscurria geniculata) Care Sheet

I’m embarrassed to admit that when the Brazilian White Knee tarantula started to enter the hobby I was far from impressed. At the time I was focusing my attention on the more colourful species of tarantula such as the Greenbottle Blue, the Cobalt Blue and the Indian Ornamental. Then along comes a tarantula that 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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