How to choose a tarantula

While many people may see tarantulas as unpleasant or terrible creatures, you may be one of the few who finds them fascinating. If you have ever wanted to have a tarantula as a pet, in this article we guide you a bit in your purchase so that you know how to choose a tarantula and know the types and manner in which they are usually bred.

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Some tarantulas are easier to care for than others. If you have not owned a tarantula before, you may want to start with one that is easy to care for and not very aggressive. The ideal species for beginners are:

  • Pink-footed tarantula (Avicularia avicularia)
  • Costa Rican zebra tarantula (Aphonopelma seemanni)
  • Chick spider (Grammostola rosea)
  • Honduras wavy tarantula (Brachypelma Albopilosum)
  • Tarantula of red rings (Brachypelma smithi),
  • Other species of the family Brachyphelma

All of them are great pets to start with because they are generally quite docile and do not require much special attention.


Some of the most interesting tarantulas require previous experience with tarantulas but can be more interesting as pets. These species are:

  • The Goliath Tarantula (Theraphosa Blondi)
  • The Cobalt Blue tarantula (Haplopelma lividum)
  • The orange baboon tarantula (Pterinochilus murinus)

They are all beautiful species of tarantulas. However, along with many other species, they can be very aggressive and require a lot of special attention. Some species of tarantulas have a highly dangerous poison . Side effects vary but are generally limited to itching and swelling at the site of the bite and severe pain. Some blisters may also come out.

People with asthma should be cautious when it comes to spiders because another side effect is shortness of breath and can trigger an asthma attack. There have been reports of heart failure as a result of the bites of some tarantulas. If you have no experience in keeping tarantulas, please look for the basic, docile species named above.


Most tarantulas do not need much space . If you buy your baby tarantula you can live for months in a jar of medium-sized pills or a small cup. As your tarantula grows, you may want to move it to a larger container.

Another thing to consider is if you are buying an arboreal (tree dweller) or terrestrial tarantula (inhabitant of the earth). Arboreal fish need larger and larger fish tanks with "trunks" to be able to climb. The terrestrial ones will make a small burrow in the material of the soil that you choose. It is recommended that beginners begin with terrestrial ones.


Tarantulas that huddle in the corner of the fish tank or have their legs folded underneath them (their death pose) are not very healthy. If you see a tarantula standing on the plate of water, then there are two possibilities: you are taking a drink and you will be able to see what it takes, or it is too dry and the tarantula is trying to get moisture from the water. Tarantulas that sit on their backs with their legs in the air should be fine, as they are probably preparing to move (change skin).

You should probably wait a few days before buying a tarantula that has moved, since added stress is not necessary. Tarantulas (depending on the species) should stand with their legs evenly distributed around them in a circle, or with their legs pointing forward and backward.

In this article we tell you how to feed a spider.


Captured tarantulas, especially wild ones, are easily injured when caught or sent to stores. Some captured wild tarantulas may have parasites so it is almost always a better idea to get a tarantula bred in captivity .

Make sure your tarantula has 8 legs and 2 pedipalps (like arms) in the front. Check for injuries to the body and abdomen of the tarantula. If the pet store has experience with tarantulas, they should be able to help you with this.


If you want to buy a tarantula you should know that there are some tarantulas that are cheap and others that are very expensive. The young are much less expensive than a fully grown tarantula. Different stores usually have different prices for the same species of tarantula. You may want to start with a less expensive species while you are learning, then move to a more expensive one.

Try to buy a female tarantula . In general, they live longer than males. Some species of tarantulas can live up to 30 years, but males can only live 2 to 5 years or more.