If you are in the market for an extremely easy to care for animal, then you should be considering an 8 legged animal, yes, a tarantula.
Tarantulas are not as scary and creepy as many people think they are, most just want hang in their webs or dig a nice little hiding spot. There are some that can be nasty that only an experienced tarantula owner should be dealing with; this article won’t cover the ins and outs of those species.
We will talk about a few really easy to care and easy to handle spiders. When handling a tarantula you need to be very careful, yes for yourself, but also for the the tarantula, as falling from a few feet could really hurt the tarantula or even kill it. Make slow, calculated movements when approaching to pick it up and while holding it. If the tarantula moving suddenly will make you jerk and drop it, it would be best to wait until you are more comfortable.
1. Pink toe tarantulas- These are arboreal tarantulas, which means they won’t be spending much time walking on the ground, they will use the sides of the tank to hang out and make webs. Pinktoes don’t get very big, just a few inches – maybe up to 4 inches if you got a really big one. They have slender bodies and lanky legs that make them look a little bigger than they are. This is an extremely easy to handle species, when threatened this spider will run away, not attack. Pink toes do need rather high humidity for a tarantula, so get yourself a spray bottle to keep the humidity up.
2. Mexican red knee- Probably the most famous tarantula in the world, you have seen it in a dozen or so movies. Really beautiful vibrant orange coloring on all 8 legs. This is a terrestrial species, that means walking on the ground and not making tons of webs. This is a medium sized tarantula, adults can reach 6 inches. Another easy tarantula to handle, this species is one that can and will flick hairs. If the hairs hit you they can be itchy and uncomfortable.
3. Rose hair – Personally, not a fan of this tarantula. Tends to be very moody which makes handling a no go for me. However most tarantula people will tell you this is a great beginner species, and these can be handled, so we will put it on the list. Another medium sized around 5 inches as an adult, this is also a terrestrial species.
4. Brazilian black- If you can get your hands on one of these as a sling or an adult, get it, you will not regret it. As you can guess from the name it is a black tarantula, but the jet black look on this spider is amazing. This is closer to the large range for size, adult leg span can reach up to 8 inches. Do not be intimidated by the size, this is an incredibly docile tarantula. If you stop into our store ask whoever is ringing you up to pull this spider out.
5. Chaco golden knee- Similar to the Red knees in look but with a smaller amount of color, similar in size as well, although some chaco’s have grown to the rather large 8 inches. This is a slow mover and docile attitude spider, that is usually what you are looking for from your first tarantula. These guys can be hair flickers which is really the only down fall, but it is rare for them.
There are plenty of other great starter tarantulas out there and some really cool more advanced tarantulas as well. Jabberwock Reptiles carries a wide variety and great selection of tarantulas. If you are looking for a tarantula or are just curious about them, Jabberwock is the place to go.