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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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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