Tarantulas are nocturnal animals, so do not worry that your pet has little light. On the contrary, the less light, the better! The terrarium should be in a darkened place. For full visibility inside the terrarium, you can use moonlight lamps. They will create an imitation of the night savannah or the tropics. In this case, you can watch the spider without creating a stressful situation for it. They can also perform a heating function. In no case should you put the terrarium in direct sunlight, because they are fatal to a spider! Do not use ordinary lamps to illuminate the terrarium!
Tarantula spiders are carnivorous animals. That is, they eat meat. Food for the tarantula is any creature that is suitable for its size. Adults can even feed on frogs, mice or lizards. The main thing to remember is that food in size should not exceed half the body of the spider, otherwise the spider will be afraid of food, which will lead to constant stress and further rejection of it. Feeding live animals are certainly not suitable for everyone, because is not humane and creepy. Therefore, there are special feed insects for terrarium animals that are suitable for all stages of spider development. Do not feed the tarantula with insects or animals from nature, as they can be carriers of diseases and/or treated with chemicals! Remember! Do not leave a feeder insect for more than a day with a spider, as it can cause stress and a failure to eat! Do not leave the rest of the meal in the terrarium, as this can lead to mold and parasite development! Do not force the tarantula to eat before / after / during molting!
A little tarantula needs to be fed as much as he wants. For good growth, he needs constant feed availability and high temperature. An adult spider can be fed once a week / two. The main thing is not to overfeed, because, in captivity, the spider can eat as much as it wants, and overeating can lead to rupture of the abdomen. In nature, a heavy spider will not be able to keep up with prey, thereby ensuring a normal diet. A spider may not eat for a very long time (according to the research results, a spider may not eat for 1 year and 9 months), the most important thing is access to water! Nevertheless, the lack of food will adversely affect him, so feed him balanced! Remember, the more the spider eats, the faster it grows, but also gets older faster!
Spiders are stressed. It can be caused by moving, sudden shaking, falling, large feed insects, lack of shelter (in underground species), bright light and many other factors. Under stress, a spider can refuse food for a long time. Constant stress can lead to the death of your pet!
After buying a spider, most people certainly want to take it in their hands, like an ordinary pet. But we do not recommend it! And not even because of fear that the spider might bite you, but because of the danger to the spider itself! The spider can break and get a tear of the abdomen, which can lead to its death. But if you still want to hold it, then we will try to explain how to do it more correctly. Many tarantulas have a calm character, are quite slow and can be picked up. Such species in our list of tarantulas spiders come with a description of the “complexity of the content is a beginner.” Spiders “complexity of the content – experienced” can also be picked up, but we do not recommend this. We prohibit picking up spiders of “high complexity of content” even for professionals because they can be dangerous to human health and are extremely aggressive. In any case, before you take the spider, you need to make sure that he is peacefully tuned. If the spider is nervous, becomes in a pose of threat, combes hairs or makes sounds (such as Anoploscelus lesser, Phlogius crassipes, Citharischius crawshayi, Theraphosa blondi, Pterinochilus spp. And some others), you need to leave him alone.
When handling spiders, the following rules must be observed:
- do not make sudden movements, do everything smoothly and slowly;
- do not blow on a spider, because he can suddenly run and fall from his hand;
- keep quiet;
- avoid sharp flashes of light;
- do not press it;
- Do not do something that can cause a stressful situation for the spider;
- in any case, you must be extremely careful.
The fall of a spider (especially an adult and fattened) even from a height of 30 cm can lead to the rupture of the abdomen and slow death. The probability of a tarantula surviving after a break is quite low, and even with a good outcome, problems with molting are possible, because the rupture site sticks to the old exoskeleton and the spider cannot get out of it, which can also lead to its death. The safest and most proven way is to gradually push the spider onto a hand lying on a flat surface so that the spider crawls into the palm itself. To return the spider, it is necessary to do the same operation only in the reverse order.
A spider transplant is necessary for transportation, cleaning the terrarium and other activities. Therefore, for a safe transplant, you must use a container of a suitable size. It is placed in front of the spider and with careful movements, you push it inward. After completing the necessary actions, by gradually tilting the container, you release the tarantula to the place prepared for transplantation.