The Top 10 Tarantula Species for Pets

Tarantula Species to Keep as Pets

Tarantulas are a popular pet spider with over 800 different varieties ranging in color, size, and personality. They have placid demeanor and take their time moving. Beginner tarantulas should be burrowers or ground dwellers. Many of these creatures can live in captivity for 10 years or more with good care. The following are ten tarantula species that make excellent pets.

Tip

Tarantulas are capable of biting, and their bites are poisonous. However, the toxicity of most species is comparable to that of a bee sting. A tarantula bite, like a bee sting, can cause significant allergic responses in certain people.

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    Mexican redknee tarantula on a white background

    For many spider aficionados, the Mexican red-knee is their first pet. Females can live for 20 to 30 years, but males only survive for roughly ten. These tarantulas may be kept in a 5- to 10-gallon aquarium. They're usually easy to handle because they're so docile.

    Species Overview

    Length: 5 inches

    Weight: 0.5 ounce

    Physical Characteristics: Red-orange knees; black body with brown hairs

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    Chilean Rose

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    This spider, often known as the Chilean fire tarantula, is popular with novice arachnophobes. Females have a lifespan of up to 20 years, whereas males have a lifespan of just around 5 years. The Chilean rose is a typical burrowing spider that prefers a warm, humid habitat and is considered to be extremely tranquil.

    Species Overview

    Length: 4 to 5 inches

    Weight: 0.5 ounce

    Physical Characteristics: Primarily black to brown; rose-colored hair on upper body

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    Costa Rican zebras are slow-moving tarantulas that live on the ground. They aren't suitable for anyone who want to handle their spider pets. Females can live up to 20 years, but males only survive for around 5 years. This spider thrives in a warm, humid 5- to 10-gallon tank.

    Species Overview

    Length: 4 to 5 inches

    Weight: 0.5 ounce

    Physical Characteristics: Black body; deep red hairs; white stripes on legs; orange spinnerets

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    Mexican redlegs can live up to 30 years in females and 5 years in males. These ground-dwelling spiders are usually calm, although they may be shocked quickly. Temperatures of 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit (24 to 29 degrees Celsius) with 65 to 70% humidity are ideal for this species.

    Species Overview

    Length: 5 to 6 inches

    Weight: 0.5 to 1 ounce

    Physical Characteristics: Dark body; pink, red, or orange on second joint of legs; light upper shell with black triangle at front

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    Honduran Curly Hair

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    This spider, sometimes known as the curly hair or wooly tarantula, is sturdy, slow-moving, and fast-growing. It's a ground spider that just requires a tiny containment, like a 5- to 10-gallon aquarium. Females live for around 10 years, while males survive for about 4 years.

    Species Overview

    Length: 5.5 inches

    Weight: 0.5 to 1 ounce

    Physical Characteristics: Round body; short, dark bristles; long, golden bristles

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    Pink Zebra Beauty

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    The pink zebra beauty, like many tarantulas, is a South American native with a tranquil demeanor. This resilient starter spider is sometimes mistaken with the Chaco golden knee, a little bigger species. Females have a life expectancy of up to 25 years, while males have a life expectancy of roughly 10 years.

    Species Overview

    Length: 5 to 6 inches

    Weight: 0.5 to 1 ounce

    Physical Characteristics: Primarily dark brown; yellow striped markings

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    Pink Toe

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    Consider the pink toe tarantula if you're seeking for a tree-dwelling species. The Guyana pink toe, common pink toe, South American pink toe, and pink-toed tree spider are all names for the same spider. Females live for around ten years, while males survive for about five. This tree-loving spider requires a 10-gallon tank with considerable height, as well as branches and other climbing things.

    Species Overview

    Length: 3.5 to 5 inches

    Weight: 0.5 ounce

    Physical Characteristics: Primarily black; pink-orange coloring at ends of furry legs

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    Brazilian Black

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    The Brazilian black tarantula is a remarkable pet since it is a velvety black spider with a long leg spread. Females of this species live for around 20 years, while males survive for about 5 years. Each week, these spiders will consume around a half-dozen crickets. They love temperatures in the 70s with a humidity level of roughly 60%.

    Species Overview

    Length: 7 inches

    Weight: 0.5 to 1 ounce

    Physical Characteristics: Primarily solid black; velvety hair

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    Mexican Red Rump

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    The Mexican red rump tarantula is a placid and slow-moving spider. Females live for around 15 years, while males survive for 5 to 6 years. These spiders like to dwell alongside other Mexican red rumps in the wild. If you want to keep numerous tarantulas, this may be a fantastic alternative.

    Species Overview

    Length: 6 inches

    Weight: 0.5 to 1 ounce

    Physical Characteristics: Primarily jet black; dark red hairs on abdomen

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    Desert Blonde

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    Mexican or desert blonde tarantulas are a decent alternative for persons with less arachnid knowledge, despite being slightly more aggressive than many other starter spiders. Females can live up to 30 years, whereas males only survive for 5 to 10 years. Unless a person is sensitive, the venom from these spiders is minimal.

    Species Overview

    Length: 5 to 6 inches

    Weight: 0.5 to 1 ounce

    Physical Characteristics: Blonde hairs on upper shell and lower legs; black hairs on femurs; brown hairs on abdomen

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