When we tend to think about pets, most people likely envision dogs or cats. However, there are many animals that make excellent pets. In fact, many people enjoy caring for a pet tarantula. These spiders make excellent pets, but most people don’t know a lot about them. Let’s look at why tarantulas are an amazing species and why you should consider a tarantula for your next pet.
Fun Facts about Tarantulas
Tarantulas are an amazing nature balancing species. They play a critical role in their environments that help sustain an equilibrium that leads to a stable environment. This is one of the major reasons why we only sell tarantulas bred in captivity.
When many people think of tarantulas, they likely picture a specific spider. However, the reality is that there are over 850 different species of tarantulas in the world. Most of them live in desert, tropical, or subtropical climates and the vast majority are native to South America. However, tarantulas can also be found in much of North America, nearly all of Africa, and parts of Europe and Asia.
Tarantulas are nocturnal creates and generally hunt at night. They feed on other insects as well as an occasional small lizard. A particularly interesting fact about tarantulas is that they shoot silk from their feet, like Spider-Man, often using it to stay attached to shaky ground. How cool is that!?
What Are the Types of Tarantulas?
Tarantulas fall into three major categories: terrestrial, fossorial, and arboreal. These categories correspond to the environment in which the tarantula makes its home. Terrestrial tarantulas live on the ground. When keeping one of these as a pet, they often prefer to have somewhere to hide such as a piece or cork bark. Types of terrestrial tarantulas include the Brachypelma Smithi Guerrero and the Aphonopelma SP Gris which is one of the most recently discovered specie.
Meanwhile, fossorial tarantulas live their lives underground. They dig burrows where they live, often ambushing their prey from below. Keeping these species as pets requires giving them lots of substrate so that they can dig their home. However, since they spend most of their time underground, their appearances will be rare. Often, you’ll just see their legs sticking out as they wait for prey. The Magnacarina Primaverensis is an example of a fossorial type.
Finally, arboreal tarantulas live above the ground, making their home in trees. Keeping these types of tarantulas requires giving them a habitat with greater height. Additionally, you’ll want to provide lots of branches or bark for them to climb on. The Psalmopoeus Victori is an example of an arboreal tarantula.
Why Do Tarantulas Make Good Pets?
Tarantulas make wonderful pets for many reasons. One of the biggest benefits of having a tarantula is their lifespan. Female tarantulas tend to live between 20 to 25 years (males have much shorter lifespans), so you will be able to have your pet for a long time.
Additionally, it often surprises people to learn that tarantulas tend to become fairly affectionate. They respond well to daily handling and will readily crawl freely when placed on your arm. Most species are very timid creatures that will not bite unless provoked.
Tarantulas are also budget-friendly pets that are relatively easy to care for. They do not require expensive food and do not eat very often. This is because they have slow metabolisms. In fact, you can feed them insects such as worms and crickets or splurge and purchase some tasty roaches. Most tarantula species are not picky and will eat virtually any type of insect.
Additionally, tarantulas do not require much space. They are easy to keep even in the smallest of apartments. They do not move a lot, meaning that a medium sized container will usually suffice for most types. Additionally, they are low maintenance pets that do not need a ton of daily attention.
Finally, tarantulas are very fun to observe. Different species have different habits and people who have several types often enjoy noting the differences in behavior. Some are more active than others, so doing some research into different species can help you determine which type you may prefer.
How Do I Get a Pet Tarantula?
If this is your first time owning a tarantula, it is important to get a specie that is good for beginners. VIP Tarantulas has many different types that are great for beginners. Take a look at our current offerings and learn more about their characteristics, ideal terrarium size, and how often they need to be fed. You’ll love owning your own tarantula!