Among the world’s 900+ tarantula species (Family Theraphosidae) we find spiders of every conceivable size, description and lifestyle, some of which make interesting, long-lived pets. I had the chance to work with many during my zoo career, and most of the supplies that I relied upon are now readily available to hobbyists. Whether you are just starting out or looking to add additional species to your collection, the following information will assist in your decision. Please be sure to post any questions or observations about pet tarantulas below.
Setting up the Terrarium
Tarantulas are best kept in screen-covered aquariums, reptile cages or plastic terrariums. “Extra high” styles are best for Pink-Toed Tarantulas and other arboreal species. Be sure to use cage clips on the cover, as tarantulas can climb glass and are incredibly strong. A 10-15 gallon aquarium is adequate for all but the largest individuals.
All tarantulas require a dark hiding spot. Burrowing species such as the Goliath Bird-Eating Spider will dig their own caves if provided deep substrate. Sri Lankan Ornamental Tarantulas and other arboreal species will utilize the underside of an upright piece of cork bark. Most also accept inverted flower pots and plastic reptile caves. Read More »