Guest Author; Lee Arden of The Spider Shop (to celebrate us becoming a distributor of TSS products)

The keeping of Tarantulas is becoming more and more popular. They are noiseless, often docile and none time consuming pets. A pet Tarantula requires very little space, they are also easy to feed and care for. Unlike other smaller pets they are long lived, with some of the more popular species living 10 – 15 years. Tarantulas make a good alternative to traditional pets are a suitable for under 18’s as long as parents supervise during feeding and maintenance.

Unlike Reptiles and Fish very little specialist equipment is needed to house a tarantula. Just an enclosure, furnishing and a heat source.
They are noiseless creatures that do not smell. – Low Maintenance! As little as once a week feed and water.
They take up little space; majority of adult Tarantulas should need an enclosure bigger than 30 x 20 x 15cm.
They are long lived and fascinating creatures.
Tarantulas are predators and you will need to feed living animals to your spider. If you think this might pose a problem, please reconsider your decision to keep arachnids.
Tarantulas can’t be handled and stroked like Traditional Pets.
Tarantulas keepers rarely end up keeping just one, expect to end up having a room full of spiders. It’s an addictive hobby!

Before you purchase your first Tarantula research how to care for them and make sure you understand it fully before buying. It is recommended that you buy a good book and read the care articles on this site. Next stage is to research the species you would like to own to make sure it is suitable. We always have a selection of ideal beginner’s species available so there’s no hurry to order. Make sure you are fully committed to looking after your new pet. Also make sure members of your household would happy with this new addition.

We always recommend first time keepers start with a Spider that is juvenile (approx 8cm) too adult size. Spiderlings are best avoided as these have a lot more margin for error and will require small pot sized enclosures. Spiderlings of majority of the popular pet species tend to be slow growers and will take a few years to grow before they start looking like a Tarantula. Most of the popular pet species can usually be supplied in Juvenile and Sub adult sizes (SA). These are usually around half adult size and still have years of growing left. It is also best to start with a Terrestrial species, rather than arboreal.

Generally the calmest and most docile spiders that make the best pets are found in Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Mexico and the USA. Anything from anywhere else especially Africa or Asia should be avoided as these will be defensive pet species.

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