Keeping tarantulas as pets are becoming increasingly more common all the time, but not every species of tarantula is suitable to keep as a pet. So, as a beginner tarantula pet owner, how do you know what species is right for you?
Out of over 900 species of tarantula, only about ten of them come highly recommended for the beginner; this article will cover some of the basics of Tarantula Care so you know what to look for when choosing a species qualified to you as an owner and will introduce you to five of them.
Tarantula Care Basics
If you have been thinking of buying a spider for a pet, these are some of the care needs you will need to consider:
Enclosure – where are you going to keep your new pet? How big should your enclosure be?
Food – not only what is your pet going to eat, but how much and how often.
Décor – what should your enclosure contain, and what items should you avoid.
Humidity – How much humidity does my spider need?
Water – Do tarantulas need to drink?
Different species of tarantula have slightly different care needs. Obviously, the easier their care needs, the easier they are to keep for the beginner. Below are 5 species that are recommended for the beginner based on heir care needs and their availability.
Brazilian Black (Grammostola pulchra) – coming from the grasslands of Brazil this spider is often considered the best tarantula species for any beginner.
Mexican Red-Knee (Brachypelma smithi) – named after its country of origin and most distinctive feature, this rather docile spider is another great choice.
Curly Hair (Brachypelma albopilosum) – the dark brown carapace and golden hairs make this a very beautiful spider to look at, and it’s easy to care needs make it a great starter species.
Chaco Golden Knee (Grammostola pulchripes) – one of the larger recommendations, this is another beautiful looking spider that makes for a great display pet.
Chilean Rose or Rose Hair (Grammostola rosea) – one of the most common choices for those getting into the hobby of keeping tarantulas as a pet, these species comes in two different color variations.
Each of the species mentioned above was chosen for their easy care needs, docile temperament, and general availability. There are specific care needs for each that you will need to know about in more detail before you decide which is the right tarantula species for you.
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