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Caring For A Tarantula

Caring For A Tarantula

Tarantulas can make fascinating and low-maintenance pets, but it is important to provide them with proper care to ensure they thrive. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at caring for a tarantula


Tarantulas require a secure and well-ventilated enclosure that mimics their natural habitat. A terrarium with a screen top is ideal, as it allows for proper ventilation while also keeping your tarantula secure. The enclosure should be at least 3-5 times the length of the tarantula’s leg span and should provide plenty of hiding places.


The substrate, or the material that lines the bottom of the enclosure, is important to consider when caring for a tarantula. A suitable substrate should mimic the tarantula’s natural habitat, typically a mixture of moss and coconut fiber is a good option. It’s important to keep the substrate moist but not wet, to prevent mold or bacteria growth.

Temperature and humidity

Tarantulas require specific temperatures and humidity levels to thrive. The ideal temperature range for most tarantulas is between 75-85°F (24-29°C) with a humidity level of 60-70%. It’s important to monitor the temperature and humidity levels in the enclosure to ensure your tarantula stays comfortable.


Tarantulas are predators and require live prey to survive. Crickets, roaches, and mealworms are common food options for pet tarantulas. Feeding should be done once or twice a week, depending on the size of the tarantula, and the prey should be no larger than the tarantula’s abdomen.


Tarantulas can be docile, but it is important to handle them with care. Never grab or squeeze a tarantula, as this can cause injury or harm to the tarantula. When handling a tarantula, use a soft brush or use a pair of tongs to coax it onto your hand. But it’s best to let the tarantula walk on your hand without pushing it.


Tarantulas shed their exoskeleton as they grow. This is a natural process known as molting. During this time, tarantulas will be vulnerable and may become reclusive. It’s important to provide a humid hide during this process to make the molt easier.


In conclusion, tarantulas can make fascinating and low-maintenance pets, but it is important to provide them with proper care to ensure they thrive. From proper housing and substrate to temperature and humidity, each aspect of caring for a tarantula plays an important role in its well-being. Caring for a tarantula as a pet is easy. 

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