Written by Kyrstie Waters (last updated May 18, 2009)
Many people may be wondering, "Why on earth would I want a spider as a pet?" Despite what many people think about spiders, some of them make excellent pets. They are very entertaining to watch, easy to care for, and require little or no attention from you. If you have already decided that you want to be the new proud owner of an exotic animal, you may now be wondering what type of spider would make the best pet for you. True? Read on...
The Chilean Rose tarantula would make the best pet spider, especially for beginners. They are quite easy to care for and do not have many housing requirements. When housing your eight-legged friend, keep in mind that its original habitat is on the ground. Therefore, you will need more ground than height inside your tarantula's cage. Be sure to provide the cage with plenty of rocks and logs for climbing, and an overturned pot or cardboard box to provide a hiding place for your tarantula. Water should always be accessible to your pet, so double-check and provide fresh water daily. You can use a small dish to provide your tarantula with water. Keep your pet's tank out of direct sunlight. In fact, because these creatures are ground-living animals, the less light shining in on their cage the better.
The Chilean Rose tarantula can live up to 15 or more years. Wow! Deciding to own a spider takes as big a commitment as owning a cat, dog, or any other animal. Don't make the decision to own one of these creatures on a whim. Take the time to think about the commitment you would be making to being responsible for this creature's life.
You should feed your tarantula crickets and occasionally a pinky mouse. Please note that pinky mice should only be fed to full grown adult spiders. During feeding, remove any food your tarantula did not eat. Your pet may not be interested in eating or may not be hungry at that particular time. Keeping the food inside the cage can make your pet sick if ingested when not hungry.
Chilean Rose tarantulas are often recommended for beginning spider owners. They are quite easy on the pocket and are easily attainable at many pet stores. Chilean Rose tarantulas are considered to be tame. Because of this, they can be handled by their owners. Be careful when handling your pet. If the spider feels threatened, it may bite you. Overall, the Chilean Rose tarantula would be a great pet spider to own. These little creatures are quite unique and fascinating to watch. Enjoy caring for and getting to know your new Chilean Rose tarantula!
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