Some What Experienced
Which Means You've Owned Tarantulas Before
But, there's still some things you'd like to learn and be able to keep and care for them more comfortably
Here's Some Good Base Things To Consider When Choosing Your New Amazing Critter
There are two main types of tarantulas. Old World and New World. We've noticed that if people begin with one or the other, they are more comfortable diving into the world of Tarantula they are accustomed to.
Old World Tarantulas are mostly from the Eastern Hemisphere. Places like Asia, Africa, Europe, and even Australia. These are known to be more aggressive due to the fact that they don't kick hairs, they resort to biting when they feel threatened. Most new Tarantula Keepers stray away from this type and are eventually lured in by their beauty once they're more comfortable with Tarantulas as a whole.
It's completely acceptable to take such a path, because if you feel threatened by a Tarantula, its safer for everyone to go at your own pace and stay within you bubble until you are ready to adventure the old world.
Why don't they kick hairs? Simply put, they weren't designed to do so. Since they can't resort to kicking hairs, they often have more potent, medically significant venom. Additionally, they are faster, much more nervous, and defensive than the New World species.
Overall, be sure to do your research, because these we like to leave to the experts to keep due to their dangerous temperament.
We Love New World Tarantulas, and they love us. Well... We love all Tarantulas, but they don't always love us.
New World Tarantulas are found in the Western Hemisphere, such as North America and South America.
These are a great Tarantula for keeping because they're bites won't necessarily send you straight to the Emergency Room! Due to their bite being comparable to a bee sting. They also don't resort to biting as their first defense mechanism. They are the Tarantulas that like to majestically throw their hair at you! All jokes aside, they kick hairs, which are slightly venomous enough to cause skin irritation which includes itching and burning sensation. This can happen while handling your tarantula, tending to it, or even touching things in its enclosure. To remedy it, all you have to do is wash your skin off and use tape to pull the remaining hairs out. Whatever you do, DON'T RUB YOUR EYES!! Their hairs have been known to cause blindness.
New World Tarantula live in typically tropical and desert habitats. Fun Fact: They do not spin webs unless they live in a tunnel. When they do, they line their tunnel with web to catch wandering prey. Due to not usually having a web to catch their prey in, they rely on their hunting skills! Which makes for a fun experience when you get to feed them their meals.
Flavor is a sillier way to say Pattern, Size, and Color. Once you've gotten used to the basic idea of how to care for a Tarantula, you can kind of pick out the characteristics you like and don't like. Maybe you want one that's super fluffy, or one with a really unique and intriguing pattern, or whatever else you may want in your next Tarantula. There's thousands of options and plenty to choose from! So now we're going to go through some options you may want to consider when looking for your perfect aesthetic.
What is your favorite color? Chances are, there's a Tarantula that has that color somewhere on them! From Reds to Greens, the options are astounding. Their pattern can be on their body, on their legs, or both!
Not just that, but some people enjoy a fury tarantula to a bald one. However, with fur comes the lesser chance of being bit. So while being on the newer side of Tarantula Keeping, fluffy may be your better bet. Even so, there's still a good chance you can find a more docile adult tarantula that's not so furry. So you're not completely out of luck.
Even beyond Color and Fluff, there's also a wide range of sizes a Tarantula can be. Perhaps you already have an empty enclosure you want to fill, so you need one that'll be a good size to comfortably live in there its whole life. Tarantulas can range is sizes starting at about 3 inches from leg to leg, fully grown all the way up to a foot long from leg to leg! It all depends on what you want to commit to and have room for.
Maybe you have a specific set up in mind that you want. You can choose from Tropical, Desert, or Forest. Including real plants or fake plants make their enclosure more comfortable and visually appealing for your new little friend.
It can be a lot of fun decorating a new enclosure. Get creative and find what you like. Just be sure to include some substrate and a hide.
If you want a Tarantula that'll spin you a big beautiful web, be sure there's a lot of space for it to have fun with! One of our favorite webs we've had is from our Psychedelic Earth Tiger!
Check it out! Our Psychadelic Earth Tiger Sling did that all by themself!
Now's Time For The Fun Part
Here's some Tarantulas that may be a bit harder to care for but we think you're ready for!
Our Number One Suggestion is A Brachypelma!
Now, this is a large branch of Tarantulas.
This can include
-Mexican Red Knee
-Mexican Red Rump
-Mexican Rose Grey
And about 17 other kinds as well.
We suggest this genus as a whole because they are moderately simple to keep, have a ton of options in colors and patterns depending on what you're looking for, and they're new world, so you can still feel more comfortable with caring for them!
Average Lifespan Differs Between Male and Female
Male- 3 years
Female- up to 30 years
Our Second Suggestion is A Pink Toe!
Their Scientific Name is Avicularia Avicularia
Pronounced aye-vic-yoo-lair-ia x2
I love that their scientific name is like a chant or a cheer!
We've found Pink Toes to be a fan favorite.
Whether it's because of their manicured little toes or due to their care level, they make an awesome pet!
Their venom is pretty mild, even for the new world species as a whole. But of course, the possibility of a dangerous reaction is always possible, and you will not know if you are susceptible until after bitten.
Average Lifespan Can Range From 4 to 8 Years
Our Third and Last Suggestion Is Aphonopelma
This is another Full Genus We Wanted To Highlight
For this one, we honestly couldn't pick between a couple we wanted to feature and just decided that they're all great!
- Arizona Blonde
- Texas Brown
- Rio Grande Gold
These Tarantulas are found mostly in North America, and some stretch down to Central America. They usually get pretty big, up to about 6 inches.
Now fair warning this genus is usually very docile; but not calm. Additionally, their temperament can even differ between individual tarantulas or molts of the same tarantula. Though they tend to be relaxed, they can be defensive. Resorting to kicking hairs, showing a mighty threat pose, and even chomp on whatever they feel threatened by.
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