Pet Tarantula Spider Food Water & Diet | Tarantula Guide
What do tarantulas eat? Here are the top list of foods they enjoy. Also includes mistakes to avoid when feeding your pet tarantulas / tarantula.
Unlike most other pets, I have not seen an obese tarantula. They just stop eating when they are full. I have even heard of ravenous tarantulas eating 20 crickets in a few days. Then they stop to digest their food for awhile.
Food: Pet tarantulas will feed on crickets purchased at a pet store. If you buy a baby tarantula, make sure to ask for tiny "pinhead crickets." As a general rule, always give your spider crickets that are no larger than one-half the body length. Offer the spider a few crickets (3-5) at a time, but only 1-2 times per week. If the spider doesn't eat the crickets in an hour or so, remove the crickets and offer them again in a few days.
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Grammostola rosea and G. porteri, moderately-sized obligate burrowers commonly and collectively known as the Chilean Rose or Rose-hair, has become the most common tarantula in the American hobby. Current taxonomy describes two similar species: the common brownish-pink Rose hair as G. porteri and its reddish-pink cousin as G. rosea, but both species will be treated as one spider here—the ubiquitous pet trade Chilean Rose. It is still wild-collected and imported into the US pet trade in large numbers, and is the species most frequently encountered by beginning hobbyists whose introduction to the tarantula keeping hobby is via their local pet store. Unfortunately, although attractive, hardy and comparatively easy to care for, the "rose" often frustrates the keeper unaware of some tendencies this spider has, especially its tendency to refuse food for extended periods. This page will briefly discuss some of these aspects of Chilean Rose behavior. Please also refer to our page.Although tarantulas acquire most of their water from their food, it is a good idea to provide a small, shallow dish of fresh water to adult tarantulas. The natural evaporation will also provide beneficial humidity. It is more difficult to provide a water dish to small tarantulas, but a spider with a legspan of a 50-cent piece or so is large enough for a simple tiny water receptacle such as a 2-liter soda bottle cap. Provide clean tap water—do not use "cricket gel" or sponges, which just get dirty and funky with bacteria and mold and do not provide sufficient moisture. Water can also be provided by lightly misting the substrate and/or sides of the enclosure. Never spray the spider directly and take care to not create overly damp conditions. Most pet tarantulas are grassland or desert species that should have a mostly dry cage, although having a small, damp area near the water dish can be helpful [see Substrate above]. Tropical species require elevated humidity. Research your pet's needs and provide accordingly.Chilean Rose tarantulas are readily available and inexpensive. Because they tend to have docile dispositions they will always be popular and pet shops will promote them. Unfortunately, for every one that ends up being a treasured pet for a beginner keeper, there are another two that will frustrate their new owner by refusing food or becoming injured due to a fall. Even more frustrating is buying a tarantula only to later find out it was a mature male with only months to live or an old specimen with deteriorating health. Hopefully the above information will help you properly house your tarantula with a short cage or sufficient substrate depth to minimize the risk of injury to a fall, and will reduce your worry about a tarantula that doesn't feed often.One advantage of a tarantula as a pet is that it is so easy to feed. All tarantulas feed on living animal foods, generally insects and other invertebrates that wander too close to the burrow opening at night and touch the “trap” line of silk. When the line is vibrated, the spider decodes the characters of the vibration as either food or a predator. If food, it waits until the insect comes close enough for a fast jump to allow it to grab the prey, inject it with venom, and then (usually) cover it with silk and start external digestion. If the spider finds a cricket while moving around the cage at night and the cricket freezes, the tarantula may not even recognize it as food. As a rule, if you place dead crickets in the terrarium, the tarantula will ignore them.