Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

Anya Allein
19.09.2015

Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

The most popular question asked about this obligate predator: is the spider tarantula poisonous or not? We will respond to it, as well as tell you how to feed the bird spider and how to keep it without risk to your own life.

What are bird spiders?

The Latin, scientific name of these predators is Theraphosidae. They belong to the family of spiders, which are characterized by bright color. Bird spiders are quite large. The scope of their paws can reach 20 centimeters.

On the kind of this exotic pet, conditions of keeping, type of feeding and how much your pet will live in your house depend. Two main species - terrestrial and arboreal tarantula. They are also divided into types.

Tree Bird Spider

He likes to live on tree trunks. Little spiders live on the ground, and also dig small holes.

Tree Bird Spider

Semi-wood tarantula

She loves thick branches of plants as shelters. Hiding in the bushes, trees, crawls under the bark.At the same time produces an amazing amount of web.

Ground Bird Spiders

As partisans, they hide in shelters, which they themselves burst into the ground. Or crawl into the already ready, but abandoned by someone earthen mink. This is the most dangerous type of spider, because it tends to actively hunt, suddenly attacking the victim. Among them may be stray individuals, which burrows are not very necessary.

Bird Breeding Spiders

The name speaks for itself: predators living in burrows belong to this type. They rarely leave them, because the underground way of life is more comfortable for them.

How long will the bird spider live in your apartment?

It depends on the gender. Have you decided to buy a female bird spider? She can live 10-20 years. And the male dies much earlier: in a year or two of life. The life expectancy of the bird spider is affected by the conditions you provide for it:

  • the temperature of the apartment;
  • the amount of food and mode of delivery;
  • the presence of other animals on the territory of the spider.

Tarantula

If there is a wild cold in your room, you will get sick and weak. A tarantula spider - on the contrary: it feels better than ever. A minimum of food will allow him to live longer. And a surplus is the opposite.This arthropod lives on all continents of our planet. The only exception is Antarctica. The optimum temperature of its content is 20 degrees.

How to deal with tarantula?

Is the bird spider poisonous? Yes. But this poison is not fatal for an adult. Although there are cases when he died from cats or small children. Therefore, be careful when taking the tarantula in your arms. It is not recommended to do this for pregnant women and especially for those who are prone to allergies to poison.

How to handle a tarantula

If the tarantula still bites you, the poison may not penetrate the skin. This is the so-called dry bite. Feels like - as if you were just stung by a bee. The result may be a sudden rise in temperature, muscle cramps, and acute pain.

Big and small dangers to the spider

No need to touch the tarantula for other reasons. The animal will experience severe stress and will certainly bite you while defending. And it will “experience” itself: it will lose its appetite, become sluggish and inactive. Do you like your tarantula? Leave him alone.

Some species of these arthropods are provided with extremely poisonous hairs on the body and legs.As soon as he was disturbed, the nervous bird spider starts to scratch its legs and comb brittle hairs from them.

Getting on your palm, they will cause unpleasant itching and burning. It should be at least a few hairs get into your eyes - you can lose sight for a long time. You need it?

How to behave with a tarantula

Do you adore him so much that you take it in your hands? Be sure to wash them after this "communication". Do not lean too low over the terrarium, as you may be suddenly attacked. Domestic spiders of this type are cunning and unpredictable.

Spider habitat

Use gloves and tweezers when cleaning the spider's habitat. Desirable long. There is no time to relax, cleaning in the terrarium, and leave it unattended. The tarantula can take advantage of your absent-mindedness and break free. If there is a cat, dog or hamster in the house, such a celebration will result in the sudden death of pets.

Bird spiders cannot be tamed. They are ready to bite even the attentive and loving owner, it is enough for them to imagine at least a shadow of danger. Even the most peaceful domestic spiders of this breed are unsafe.

What and how to feed a tarantula

The ration includes crickets, cockroaches, frogs. The tarantula doesn’t mind the tender meat of newborns of mice, reptiles. Chicken or beef is also great. The bird spider loves fish.

All that you include in the diet of the furry-legged pet, pre-grind into pieces. While the tarantula is still small, feed it once every 2-3 days so that the baby is full. But adults should not overeat. Treat them no more than once every 14 days to avoid over-saturation and deterioration of arthropod health.

Feed Bird Spider

Be sure to remove the remnants of food from the territory of the spider. They can deteriorate and cause infections in your pet. The digestion time for a spider is three days or more.

But even if you forgot to feed the bird spider, it's okay. In nature, it can remain without food for more than a year. The main thing is that the water was constantly. It should be clean, so change it as it clouding. Then the domestic tarantulas will be satisfied and happy.


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    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive

    Your first tarantula: how to start and stay alive