Keeping a tarantula for a pet certainly isn’t for everyone, but some species will make Centurian Pest Control good pets. The most popular type 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 very straightforward in contrast to cats or dogs for example.
If you have never had an exotic pet before, a Rose Hair Tarantula would be an exceptional choice. This is not only due to the aspects mentioned above, 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 economical, readily available and well studied.
One natural concern about caring for a pet arachnid is the potential danger involved. This species is more inclined to run away from a threat than to act defensively, and will only very rarely bite. If they do sting, the quantity of venom injected is very small and it’s not particularly potent, so this isn’t serious unless you’re allergic.
As these creatures come from the hills and scrubland of South America (Bolivia, Chile and Argentina to be specific), they should be kept in a warm environment and they may be kept in relatively low humidity. Catering for all these requirements is straightforward – a simple heat mat can control the temperature simply and effectively, and letting the water dish to overflow a couple of times per week should provide adequate humidity.
Rose Hair Tarantulas do not take up very much space and can easily fit into all but the very smallest of flats. A 10 gallon terrarium should definitely be large enough, and they are frequently kept in smaller tanks as well.
The standard diet for a pet Rose Hair is gut-loaded crickets, two or three of which should be given to an adult tarantula each week. They do not have regular feeding schedules, and can even be fed only once a fortnight and then left alone, as they’ll naturally gorge themselves when they have the chance in case of a famine to come.
The decision to buy a Chilean Rose Tarantula shouldn’t be dismissed, as some will live for twenty years or more, but rest assured that they are easy to look after and are extremely unlikely to cause you some issues. They’re also a brilliant talking point, and will be the perfect arachnid for your first exotic pet.