Keeping a tarantula for a pet certainly is not for Centurian Pest Control, 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 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 compared to dogs or cats for example.
If you’ve never had an exotic pet before, a Rose Hair Tarantula would be an excellent option. This is not only because of the aspects mentioned previously, but also due to the wealth of available 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 studied.
1 natural concern about caring for a pet arachnid is the possible danger involved. Many folks 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 sting, the amount of venom injected is very little and it isn’t particularly potent, so this is not serious unless you are allergic.
Because these creatures come from the hills and scrubland of South America (Bolivia, Chile and Argentina to be particular ), they should be kept in a warm environment and they may be held in relatively low humidity. Catering for 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 adequate humidity.
Rose Hair Tarantulas don’t 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 are often kept in smaller tanks also. Many Rose Hairs will use burrows in the wild, and therefore a simple small shelter should be provided to keep your pet happy – even a coconut shell or flower pot will do well.
They don’t have regular feeding schedules, and may even be fed only once a fortnight and then left alone, as they will naturally gorge themselves when they have the opportunity in the event of a famine to come.
The decision to obtain a Chilean Rose Tarantula should not be dismissed, as some will endure for twenty years or longer, but rest assured that they are easy to care for and are very unlikely to cause you any issues. They’re also a brilliant talking point, and are the perfect arachnid for your initial exotic pet.