Spiders re probably the most popular of all invertebrate species, we can distinguish between many types of spiders but the bird eating spider or tarantula is most common. Tarantulas are also very divers, but there are some kinds that become quite easy to handle which makes them even more popular.
The tarantula spiders live in moderate and tropical climates all around the world but the species from South America, Africa and Asia are bred most frequently and are therefore better available.
Their behaviour varies between species, some are burrowers, other climbers and some make very complex webbing. Temperament is also very different between species and even individuals of the same species.
Almost all spiders, with only a few exceptions are venomous and should be treated with respect. Although most are not dangerous to humans, the utmost respect must be shown, while moving or handling any spider.
Tarantulas are mostly nocturnal, and the housing should provide adequate cover, they also hunt during this moment and food items usually consists of small to medium size insects, but larger spiders do take small mammals and birds as prey.
To grow, all spiders must shed their skin, this is a very vulnerable time for the animal. Normally they retreat to cover and lay on their backs after they’ll throw of their old skin. After the shedding the spider needs to harden its new exo skeleton and this takes about 4 to 7 days. Only after this time new food items can be presented.
When buying a spider, always get the right information about the temperament and toxicity of the animal so that your animals fit your experience and housing capabilities.