Tarantula Care Guide

Simple Guide For Keeping Your Tarantula

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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 5-10cm and adults need about 15cm 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 a required as tarantulas can climb smooth surfaces.

SAFETY

SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IF BITTERN

While Australian tarantula venom is not fatal it is potent and may cause severe effects (envenomations).

SAFETY

SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IF BITTERN

While Australian tarantula venom is not fatal it is potent and may cause severe effects (envenomations).

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. Lure it into smaller container and gently place it in its new home.
  5. Making a starter burrow and coaxing it directly into it will make the spider feel safe and reduce the chance of it running out of its new enclosure.
  6. Quickly close lid of container to prevent escape

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 tarantulas 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

  • 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.

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 Tarantula’s may live from 15-20 years
  • Males live for around 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.