Should I buy a baby (spidering or “sling”) or adult tarantula?A:
We’d recommend starting with something in the 1-inch legspan range (the diameter of a U.S. quarter) if you’d like to watch the tarantula grow to an adult.
The only “issue” with buying adult tarantulas is that you never really know their age—if it’s a male, does it only have a year or two left?Q:
Is there a difference between male and female tarantulas?A:
Aside from some nearly imperceptible physical differences, they generally act and look identically. However, as mentioned above, the males do have considerably shorter lifespans.Q:
Can tarantulas be handled?A:
Sure. There are some species that are generally much more handleable than others, such as the Mexican Redknee and Mexican Fireleg, among others.
They usually are non-aggressive, slow-moving, and calm. Read my article “How to handle a tarantula
” to learn more.Q:
What size enclosure do I need for my pet tarantula?A:
Tarantulas prefer smaller, cozier enclosures and actually don’t thrive in large cages. Even the biggest tarantula in the world can comfortably be kept in a simple 10-gallon tank, and most species would prefer something even smaller than a 10-gallon.
Try to provide a cage that is around 3-4 times the legspan of your tarantula. Make sure it’s secure.Q:
Can I keep more than one tarantula together?A:
It’s really not recommended, and you’d probably witness some nasty fighting, resulting in the demise of one of your prized tarantulas. The only exception I can think of is when you’re trying to breed them, but that’s a more advanced topic. Q:
Where do tarantulas live?A:
They occur naturally in plenty of places, including the United States, but are most prevalent in Mexico, Central America, South America, and Africa.
Read my article, “Where do tarantulas live
” to learn more.Q:
Is it true that daddy-longlegs would be one of the most poisonous spiders if they could bite?A:
No, this is a commonly believed myth. They don’t have venom or fangs.