What are you doing here?
Just for kicks and giggles? Well Either Way, I want to send you off with some valuable information! Even experts can learn a thing or two when looking in the right places!
This section will be a little different. We're going to explore different things think an expert should know!
Hands On Experience
There's no shame in taking a long time to become an expert in something. Especially when it has to do with caring for the life of another thing. The longer you take your time, the more you have a chance to explore deeper and deeper into the world of Tarantulas! While caring for your Tarantulas, you've learned a lot, I'm sure! But lets go over some topics that are the most important when keeping Tarantulas at an Expert Level.
Proper Climate Control
This is a topic that has the potential to make everything go swimmingly or completely wrong! Most of the time, when a Tarantula suddenly passes and it hasn't been dropped, our first guess is improper climate control. Having a good idea of what type of climate each tarantula genus is able to live in is a huge part of keeping tarantulas. Experts that I know can look at a tarantula and either know or make an educated guess on their best care. Eventually Climate control becomes of the easiest parts to keeping the tarantula once you've got it down!
Climate Control includes humidity levels, temperature, and even air flow. If any of these are off balance, the tarantulas life is in danger.
Here are some Psycho Tips to maintaining a proper Climate
1.) Having The Right Substrate
With the right substrate, it can help maintain a proper humidity level for a longer period of time
2.) Use a heat pad with a thermostat attached
We personally just keep the bug rooms at the minimum temperature our creature like it, which is perfect for the tarantulas, but if you can't do that, using a heat pad can help with keeping them warm
Put the heat pad on one side of their enclosure, that way they can regulate their temp as needed. Having a spot to warm up or cool down is very important to their well being
Using a thermostat allows you to set a specific temperature you want them to maintain
3.) For Air Flow, we actually have a funny story! Did you know that Tarantulas can BITE THROUGH METAL SCREENS? Now it is a long process to do so, however, if you're not paying close enough attention- they can move the small metal screening around enough for them to escape. It even happened to us!! We actually found the Tarantula loose so we had to catch her and find the empty enclosure she broke out of. So here's some tips to maintaining enough airflow without allowing them to escape or suffocating them
We personally suggest our vented screen lids. They have two layers of ventilation so they can't escape but can still breath!
Otherwise, you could just poke enough holes in the side or the lid of their enclosure, however this isn't a very good long term set up since holes can either clog or can let the clean up crew escape
Dos and Don'ts of Molting
We have seen a lot of people who end up witnessing their T acting differently and get worried that they're going to die. They reach out for advice and frantically list off all the things the Tarantula is doing or isn't doing. However, more often than not, we end up deducing that it's just in premolt!
The first thing to look for when you Tarantula enters the first stages of molting is thinning of hair or bald spot.
Next sign would be a lack in appetite. You may be trying to feed it but it just curls up, runs away, or hides. This is your T trying to communicate that it's about to molt, thus meaning not to leave the feeder in their enclosure.
Additionally, they may also look sluggish or slow. That's just because they are getting ready to molt! So no worries there
Also, they may eventually lie on their back. DO NOT DISTURB IT. No feeding, no water, and NO TOUCHING. They are extremely fragile in this state and you can seriously harm them with the slightest of touch.
Now if you notice these signs, one way to help your T is to make sure the humidity is at a good level. Also, be sure there's no uneated feeders within the cage! That goes for a few days after the molt as well, as it takes a few days for the exoskeleton to fully harden
Depending on their age, they can molt anywhere from twice a month to once a year. The younger they are the more they grow, the older they are the less they grow.
Even with the amount of Tarantulas we've handled, we don't even consider ourselves Experts yet. We've been working with Tarantulas for only about 5 years, and we still want to learn more before we even coming close to calling ourselves experts.We don't feel any type of way about not being experts either! We're just happy to have the experience we have had, and truly look forward to what comes in the future!
How Many T's Have You Worked With?
When we say worked with, that doesn't necessarily mean owned. Maybe a friend or a mentor asked for some helping caring for their Tarantula(s) or something along those lines. By working with different Tarantulas, Old World, New World, Terrestrial, Arboreal, and whatever other things that help set them apart, it gives you a wide understanding of what to do in different situations. Each Tarantula is different, however caring for them may have similarities or differences from one to another. An Expert understands this and does what the Tarantula needs to live the best life possible.
You can either expertise in small sections of Tarantula keeping, which is the easiest way, so to speak, in becoming an expert. Or you can try to gain a wide range of information and skills to be and overall expert of the Tarantula World as a whole.
No matter what path you take to become an expert, there's a lot of work, research, and real world experience that goes with it. Mainly really pin pointing the husbandry needed to best care for a Tarantula
Now, Here's Some Tarantulas That Even We Are warry About Owning!
Our Number One Suggestion is A Dwarf Tarantula!
Now we suggest these to Experts because they are REALLY hard to care for. Especially if you start from sling and raise them to adulthood. Husbandry can be pretty tricky simply because of their size. From feeding to climate control, it takes a sturdy hand and a strong arm to care for them.
So We Leave It To The Professionals!
Average Lifespan Differs Between Male and Female
Male- 2 years
Female- 7 years
They're not necessarily any more dangerous than your average Tarantula. They are usually pretty skittish and can run incredibly fast. If anything they rely on their flighting rather their fighting abilities.
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