How would you look after a 8 legged friend? Need a care sheet? Have a look inside!

How would you look after a 8 legged friend? Need a care sheet? Have a look inside!

Here's a care sheet for keeping arachnids as pets, with a focus on tarantulas as they are among the most popular arachnid pets. Keep in mind that there are many different species of arachnids, so specific care requirements may vary depending on the species you choose. Always research the specific needs of your particular arachnid species to ensure proper care.

1. Housing:

Terrarium Size: The size of the terrarium depends on the species and size of the arachnid. Generally, for tarantulas, a 5 to 10-gallon enclosure is suitable for most species. Some larger species may require larger enclosures.
Substrate: Use a substrate of coconut coir, peat moss, or a mixture of both for burrowing species. The substrate should be kept slightly moist but not waterlogged.
Hides: Provide hides or burrowing opportunities with cork bark, half-log hides, or other suitable materials.
2. Temperature and Humidity:

Temperature: Most tarantulas prefer temperatures between 75°F to 85°F (24°C to 29°C). Provide a heat source, such as an under-tank heating pad, to maintain this temperature.
Humidity: Humidity requirements vary by species. Research the specific humidity needs of your arachnid. For many species, a humidity level of 70% or slightly lower is suitable.
3. Lighting:

Arachnids, including tarantulas, do not typically require special lighting. They are generally low-light creatures, and natural ambient light from the room is usually sufficient. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can overheat the enclosure.
4. Feeding:

Diet: Arachnids are carnivorous and primarily feed on insects, such as crickets, roaches, mealworms, and occasional small vertebrates (for larger species).
Feeding Schedule: Feed your arachnid 1-2 appropriately-sized prey items per week. Adjust the frequency depending on your pet's size, age, and appetite.
Gut Loading: Ensure the prey insects are well-nourished by feeding them a nutritious diet before offering them to your arachnid. Dusting prey with calcium powder can also help provide essential nutrients.
5. Water:

Provide a shallow water dish with clean, dechlorinated water. Ensure the dish is small enough to prevent your arachnid from drowning.
Mist the enclosure lightly to maintain humidity and provide drinking water for arboreal species that prefer to drink from droplets.
6. Handling:

Many arachnids, especially tarantulas, are best kept as display animals rather than handling pets. Their bites can be painful or even medically significant, and handling can stress them.
7. Maintenance:

Regularly clean the enclosure by removing uneaten prey, molts, and feces.
Monitor the temperature, humidity, and health of your arachnid.
8. Research:

Always research the specific needs of your arachnid species, as care requirements can vary widely.
Remember that arachnid care can differ between species, so it's essential to research and understand the specific needs of the arachnid you plan to keep as a pet. Additionally, consult with experienced arachnid enthusiasts or breeders for species-specific advice and care tips.
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