Funnel Web Care Guide

Simple Guide For Keeping Your Funnel-Web

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HOUSING

ENCLOSURE

  • Plastic or Glass terrariums, containers and tubs can all make suitable enclosures.
  • Ensuring they have enough soil (substrate) which varies on the size of the spider. Slings and juveniles need about 8cm and adults need about 10cm or more.
  • A 500ml container is a great option for housing slings and is suitable for them until they are juveniles (40-50mm).
  • A secure enclosure lid is required as a safety precaution

SAFETY

IMMEDIATELY SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IF BITTEN

These spiders are highly venomous and are potentially deadly. They primarily bite in defense when harassed, however usually choose to retreat into the safety of their burrow. Luckily they cannot climb smooth surfaces, making them easier to handle then tarantulas. Please read the Safety Information (Click here) on our website for more info. If bitten seek immediate medical attention.

SAFETY

SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IF BITTERN

These spiders are highly venomous and are potentially deadly. They primarily bite in defense when harassed, however usually choose to retreat into the safety of their burrow. Luckily they cannot climb smooth surfaces, making them easier to handle then tarantulas. Please read the Safety Information (Click here) on our website for more info. If bitten seek immediate medical attention.

SUBSTRATE

 COIR PEAT AND SPHAGNUM MOSS

  • Coir peat mixed with sand in an 80/20 ratio is recommended as it holds burrows well.
  • Sphagnum moss should be scattered across the surface providing some structure for the spider to hide in, and retains moisture.

MOISTER

 NOT TOO DAMP, NOT TOO DRY

Moisture is essential for the tarantula’s survival. This can be provided by ensuring a high humidity is maintained inside their enclosure, usually around 60-80%. The best way to do this is to ensure the substrate is moist. It must be wet enough to clump together when compacted but not so wet it releases excess water when squeezed. The tarantula’s enclosure can also be misted weekly to help maintain humidity.

MOISTER

 NOT TOO DAMP, NOT TOO DRY

Moisture is essential for the tarantula’s survival. This can be provided by ensuring a high humidity is maintained inside their enclosure, usually around 60-80%. The best way to do this is to ensure the substrate is moist. It must be wet enough to clump together when compacted but not so wet it releases excess water when squeezed. The tarantula’s enclosure can also be misted weekly to help maintain humidity.

REHOMING

TRANSFERRING YOUR SPIDER TO A NEW HOME

  1. Place the container in a larger tub to contain the event of an escape. 
  2. Have a back-up catch cup nearby in case it needs to be re-captured. 
  3. Gently dig up its existing burrow, taking caution not to injure it. 
  4. Wear  thick gloves and ensure hands are distant at all times.   
  5. Lure it into smaller container and gently place it in its new home.
  6. Making a starter burrow and coaxing it using feeding tongs directly into it will make the spider feel safe and reduce the chance of it running out of its new enclosure.
  7. Close the lid As funnel Webs cannot climb 

VENTILATION

 ALLOW FOR AIRFLOW

  • Ventilation is not essential to provide the tarantula with oxygen
  • A lack of ventilation in a moist environment may cause mould growth which is not pleasant for the tarantula and may cause harm.
  • If mould occurs either remove the affected substrate all entirely replace it depending on severity.
  • Too much ventilation may cause the substrate to dry out.

VENTILATION

 ALLOW FOR AIRFLOW

  • Ventilation is not essential to provide the tarantula with oxygen
  • A lack of ventilation in a moist environment may cause mould growth which is not pleasant for the tarantula and may cause harm.
  • If mould occurs either remove the affected substrate all entirely replace it depending on severity.
  • Too much ventilation may cause the substrate to dry out.

FEEDING

GENERALLY 1-3 TIMES PER WEEK

  • Smaller individuals tend to eat more frequently.
  • Monitor your funnel-webs behavior to look for signs they might be hungry.
  • Sitting at its burrow entrance with its legs outstretched or wandering around the enclosure, are signs it is hungry.
    Food can include wood roaches, crickets, and mealworms, although crickets are the most popular choice.
  • It is advisable the prey is no larger than half the size of the spider.
  • If the live insect is not eaten overnight it is best to remove it the next day

TEMPERATURE

NOT TO HOT, NOT TO COLD

  • Funnel-webs are found in alpine, tropical and arid parts of Australia and can tolerate a wide range of temperatures.
  • Cannot be kept below 14 degrees or above 28 degrees for long periods of time.
  • Keep your spider out of direct sunlight.
  • Never directly heat the enclosure, if you live in a colder region, heat the room.

TEMPERATURE

NOT TO HOT, NOT TO COLD

  • Tarantulas are found in warmer parts of the country and should be kept at room temperature, around 21-25 degrees.
  • During the winter they may feed less and activity will slow. During this time they can tolerate lower temperatures.
  • Cannot kept below 14 degrees or above 28 degrees for long periods of time.
  • Keep your tarantula out of direct sunlight.
  • Never directly heat the enclosure, if you live in a colder region, heat the room.

LIFESPAN

HOW LONG DO TARANTULAS LIVE?

  • Female Funnel-webs may live for around 15-20 years
  • Males live for around 3-5 years

MOULTING

TARANTULAS MOULT OFTEN TO GROW

  • Before they moult they will cease eating and usually block off their burrow
  • After they moult they will require up to a week for their exoskeleton to harden before they start eating again.
  • For larger spiders, pre-moult and post-moult tend to take much longer
  • Abdomen size is a good indicator of when your spider might be ready to moult, their abdomen will often be very swollen before moulting.

MOULTING

TARANTULAS MOULT OFTEN TO GROW

  • Before they moult they will cease eating and usually block off their burrow
  • After they moult they will require up to a week for their exoskeleton to harden before they start eating again.
  • For larger spiders, pre-moult and post-moult tend to take much longer
  • Abdomen size is a good indicator of when your spider might be ready to moult, their abdomen will often be very swollen before moulting.