Spider-pet, spider-pet: Some advice before trying to raise an amazing arachnid

  • Animals
  • Friday, 10 May 2019

Pet spider tip: Don't keep more than one spider at once - it can lead to cannibalism. Photo: Daniel Maurer/dpa

Some may find them terrifying, but others find them beautiful and fascinating. If you're in the latter category and are considering taking on a pet spider, it's good to start off with a species whose needs aren't too big to handle.

A good choice is the Mexican Red-Knee Tarantula, a popular pet for spider lovers. Before getting a new companion, be aware that it could live for up to 30 years – at least if you have a female.

Also: don't try and keep more than one spider at once, as they prefer to live alone. Keeping more than one tarantula together can lead to cannibalism.

Building the right kind of home for your new pet also depends on the species of spider you intend to keep. Some tarantulas like to climb and live in self-spun caves in the trees. For these species, you need to get a terrarium that is tall.

Others prefer digging in the ground and like to make caves underground. These spiders need to live in terrariums filled with earth and sand.

When it comes to feeding spiders, these are easy pets, as they like to take their time. For most tarantulas, all you need is to give it a couple of crickets or grasshoppers a week, and it'll be set. – dpa

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