Things to know

Things to know

A few species of spiders make exotic pets. Though they cannot be taken for a walk or used for a stick, they still are quite interesting to watch and care for. Breeding and moulting stages of the pet spiders is an exciting activity. Tarantulas, wolf spiders are general pets with the former being more attractive and most coveted for. Spiders are clean, quiet, need less caring, excrete fast drying liquids which do not leave foul odours, require less space and above all are less costly and highly docile.

A few considerations when having a pet spider include the space available for the pet. The terrarium selected for the spider should be much larger than the spider. There are arboreal and terrestrial spiders, so when going for a cage it is necessary that twigs and logs are provided for arboreal and mud beds are made for terrestrial species. Research for the toxicity of the venom of the spider is one of the most important factors. A few like the black widow spider are absolutely not suitable as pets as their venom is highly toxic.

Healthy spiders and generally the females are advised as better pets as they have longer lifespan. The Latin name of the species is another factor which is required as care sheets and food regulations depend on the species.

Tarantulas as pets

Most commonly reared spiders are the Tarantulas. They are numerable species available for pets but a few most attractive are the Pinktoe tarantulas, Chilean rose hair, desert blonde, Honduran curly hair, Chaco golden knee, Red knee, Red leg and Red rump. All these species are very gentle, attractive and less messy for food and water. A few like the Pinktoes are suggested to the highly experienced masters and Red knee and Red rump go well with the novice owners. A few display exciting emotional attitudes like shooting hair when frightened.

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