Can Tarantulas Eat Fruit?

Tarantulas do not eat fruit. They are carnivorous predators that rely on catching and eating live prey. Most typically this consists of insects, but in some instances may expand to include small lizards, amphibians or even rodents.  There have a few very isolated cases of tarantula enthusiasts reporting that they have observed tarantulas “eating” fruit. …

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Do Tarantulas Shed Their Skin?

Tarantulas are arthropods – a group of animals characterised by their tough outer skeleton. While this exoskeleton provides support and protection, it also makes growth very difficult indeed. Tarantulas shed their skin regularly. The process of shedding their skin is necessary for the tarantula to grow. It is also an opportunity for the tarantula to …

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Do Tarantulas Bite?

Tarantulas are known for being big, hairy predators. Every time they appear in a movie or a newspaper they’re made out to be dangerous killers. But what is the reality? Do tarantulas bite? And are they dangerous to humans? All tarantulas have fangs that they use to subdue their prey. As a result, all tarantulas …

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Do Tarantulas Jump?

Tarantulas can jump, but this is almost-exclusively confined to arboreal (tree dwelling) tarantulas. Some of these specimens can be surprisingly adept at jumping. Most common terrestrial species of tarantula are too heavy and chunky to jump. It is therefore very unlikely that these tarantulas will jump very much at all.  Should I Worry About My …

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Why Do Tarantulas Molt?

Molting is important to tarantulas for a variety of reasons. Possibly the biggest reason why tarantulas molt is to allow them to grow larger. However molting also offers an opportunity to regrow missing body parts, including urticating hairs that have been kicked off in the past. Lastly, molting is necessary for male tarantulas to reach …

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Can Tarantulas Change Gender?

As far as we are aware tarantulas do not change gender. It is possible to sex tarantulas from quite a young age, and once the gender has been identified this does not change during the lifetime of the spider. The only potential issue with sexing immature tarantulas is that the process requires a degree of …

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Do Tarantulas Eat Their Babies?

While female tarantulas may carefully tend their eggsac to ensure the best possible conditions for hatching, once the spiderlings emerge they are indeed at risk of being eaten.  It is safe to say that tarantulas do eat their babies if the opportunity arises. In the wild, baby tarantulas will leave the safety of their mother’s …

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Do Tarantulas Climb?

Tarantulas can be surprisingly good climbers. They are able to easily scale most vertical surfaces so can climb up walls, trees and so on. However just because tarantulas can climb doesn’t necessarily mean that they will.  Tarantulas are often divided into those that have evolved to live off the ground, and those that spend most …

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Do All Tarantulas Have Urticating Hairs?

Urticating hairs are a defense mechanism used by tarantulas. Urticating hairs are finely barbed and cause irritation when they come into contact with the skin, eyes or nose of potential predators. Tarantulas can kick these hairs off, creating a cloud of irritants if they feel threatened.  Not all tarantulas have urticating hairs. Urticating hairs are …

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