What Does a Tarantula Eat?

Tarantula food

Tarantulas are carnivorous arachnids that catch and eat any animal they are able to subdue. They are “generalist” predators and do not focus on one single source of food. In the wild, tarantulas will most commonly feed on other invertebrates that they encounter, but they may also eat smaller vertebrates such as lizards or rodents …

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Do Male Tarantulas Die After Mating?

Do male tarantulas die early?

Male and female tarantulas live very different lives after maturity. Depending on the species, female tarantulas can live for decades, hidden away in burrows or tree crevices. For male tarantulas, however, the clock starts ticking as soon as they reach maturity. Male tarantulas roam far and wide in search of receptive females. But what happens …

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Columbian Giant (Megaphobema robustum) Tarantula Care Sheet

The Columbian Giant, also known as the Columbian Giant Redleg, is a tremendously attractive spider. The most eye-catching specimens have a black carapace with bright orange/red hairs on the abdomen and legs. This contrast really makes them an appealing pet spider. Despite their name, however, I have found that they’re often not really “giants”. Certainly …

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Can a Tarantula Kill You?

Can a tarantula kill you?

Many of us have an innate fear of tarantulas, seeing them as scary, dangerous or even deadly. But how much truth is there behind the myth? Is a tarantula dangerous to humans? Can a tarantula kill you? Or is the reality really rather different? Let’s find out… Tarantula Defences Tarantulas might look scary to many …

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Is a Tarantula a Good Pet?

Are tarantulas good pets?

I’ve been keeping pet tarantulas for roughly 25 years so I obviously think they’re pretty neat. That said, still to this day I have people asking me whether tarantulas are really a good pet.  The answer, of course, is that it depends.  In this article I’m going to break to the good and the bad …

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Tarantula Cages & Housing

Tarantula cages have come a long way in recent years. When I first started keeping tarantulas in the 1990’s (how old do I feel now?) we had to try and make do with whatever was at hand. In recent times, however, as interest in the hobby has grown, so too have the number of cages …

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5 Golden Rules for Positioning Your Tarantula Cage

Most articles about keeping tarantulas focus specifically on the cage itself; what size it should be, what it should be made from and so on. While all these elements are important, many articles miss a crucial element; where to place your tarantula tank in your home. In this guide, therefore, we’re going to take a …

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Things to Consider Before Buying a Tarantula

So you’re planning to buy your very first tarantula? If so, welcome to the hobby! However, before you take that giant step to tarantula ownership there are a number of things you should carefully consider… Based on my experiences of chatting to new tarantula keepers over the years I thought it would be useful to …

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Can Tarantulas Recognize Their Owners?

Can tarantulas recognise their owners?

Many common pets like cats and dogs learn to recognize their owners. They respond differently to the person they associate with the provision of food, water and shelter to other unknown people. An obvious question asked by those new to tarantula keeping is therefore “can tarantulas recognize their owners?” Tarantulas are very simple animals and …

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