Keeping a tarantula as a pet certainly isn’t for everyone, but a few species will make amazingly good pets. The most popular kind is the Rose Hair Tarantula, also known as the Chilean Rose Tarantula. This is mostly because they are attractive, docile and easier to care for than most of the more run of the mill pets out there – looking after them is extremely straightforward compared to cats or dogs for example.
If you have never had an exotic pet before, a Rose Hair Tarantula would be an exceptional option. This is not only because of 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 kept by enough people to make them cheap, readily available and well researched.
1 natural concern about caring for a pet arachnid is the possible danger involved. Lots of people don’t realize that tarantulas are often far less dangerous than much smaller spiders, and the Chilean Rose Tarantula is no exception. This species is more inclined to run away from a threat than to behave defensively, and will only very rarely bite. If they do bite, the amount of venom injected is very small and it isn’t especially potent, so this is not serious unless you are allergic.
Because these creatures come from the deserts and scrubland of South America (Bolivia, Chile and Argentina to be specific), they should be kept in a warm environment and they can be held in relatively low humidity. Catering for all these requirements is simple – a simple heating pad can control the temperature simply and effectively, and allowing the water dish to overflow a couple of times per week should provide sufficient humidity.
Rose Hair Tarantulas do not take up very much space and can easily fit into all but the very smallest of apartments. A 10 gallon terrarium should definitely be large enough, and they’re frequently kept in smaller tanks as well.
The normal diet for a pet Rose Hair is gut-loaded crickets, two or three of which should be given to an adult tarantula every week. They don’t have regular feeding schedules, and may even be fed just 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 buy a Chilean Rose Tarantula should not be taken lightly, as some will live 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’re also a brilliant talking point, and are an ideal arachnid for your initial exotic pet.