Keeping a tarantula for a pet certainly is not for everybody, but a few species will make amazingly good Pest Control. The most popular type is the Rose Hair Tarantula, also called the Chilean Rose Tarantula. This is mostly because they are appealing, docile and easier to care for than most of the more run of the mill pets out there – looking after them is extremely straightforward in contrast to dogs or cats for example.
If you have never had an exotic pet before, a Rose Hair Tarantula would be an exceptional option. This is not only due to the aspects mentioned previously, but also due to the wealth of accessible information about them in books, online and elsewhere. They strike a good balance between being unusual enough to be different but being retained by enough people to make them economical, easily available and well researched.
1 natural concern about caring for a pet arachnid is the possible danger involved. This species is more inclined to run away from a threat than to behave defensively, and will only very rarely bite. If they do sting, the quantity of venom injected is very little and it’s not particularly powerful, so this is not serious unless you’re allergic.
Because these creatures come from the hills and scrubland of South America (Bolivia, Chile and Argentina to be particular ), they need to be kept in a warm environment and they may be held in relatively low humidity. Catering for all these requirements is simple – a simple heating pad may control the temperature simply and efficiently, and letting the water dish to overflow a few times per week should provide adequate humidity.
Rose Hair Tarantulas do not take up very much space and can easily fit into all but the very smallest of flats. A 10 gallon terrarium should definitely be large enough, and they’re frequently kept in smaller tanks also.
They do not have regular feeding schedules, and may even be fed only once a fortnight and then left alone, as they’ll naturally gorge themselves when they have the chance in the event of a famine to come.
The decision to obtain a Chilean Rose Tarantula shouldn’t be dismissed, as some will endure for twenty years or longer, but rest assured that they are easy to care for and are extremely unlikely to cause you some issues. They are also a brilliant talking point, and will be an ideal arachnid for your initial exotic pet.