Users' questions

How do you feed a pet tarantula?

How do you feed a pet tarantula?

Tarantulas in captivity are very easy to feed and can live their whole lifespan on nothing but a diet of insects. Crickets are the most common food for these spiders. The majority of tarantulas require only one or two crickets to be fed to them per week. Some of the larger species can eat up to six crickets a week.

Is it OK to feed my pet tarantula?

Crickets are always a safe bet, as all tarantulas are insectivores. Some tropical tarantulas will eat larger worms, like earthworms, and some larger tarantulas will accept live baby rodents, mice, lizards, and snakes. You can buy live crickets and other prey online or in pet stores.

What do tarantulas need in their cage?

Basic Care Tips for a Pet Tarantula Your tarantula will be happiest living in a 10-gallon terrarium or aquarium. (More on that below.) Your spider will also need an area to hide in, such as a half-log, as well as branches, rocks and leaves to make your tarantula feel more at home.

How long can a tarantula go without eating?

Tarantulas Without Food: An Incredible Outlier While small, common house spiders may live for about 2-4 months without food, tarantulas are able to live for much, much longer. In fact, tarantula owners commonly report that their tarantulas haven’t eaten for 6 months to 2 years!

When is the best time to feed a tarantula?

Things to remember when feeding your tarantula: Fresh, clean, chlorine-free water should be available at all times; may not drink from a bowl but will rely on moisture on plants. Feed juveniles daily, adults every other day. Since they are nocturnal, feeding should occur at night.

How often should I Fill my tarantula’s water bowl?

Fill water bowl daily. When tarantulas molt, they lie on their back with their feet up in the air; juveniles molt about four times a year and adults once a year. May stop eating up to two weeks before a molt; do not disturb during this time. Be sure to remove all live food from enclosure as even a cricket could harm them during this period.

What kind of animal does a pet tarantula eat?

All pet tarantulas are insectivores, meaning they eat insects! However, do keep in mind that they are also opportunists, meaning, if given the chance, some tarantulas are able to subdue small lizards, snakes, birds and even mammals such as mice.

What happens if you don’t feed a tarantula?

In extreme cases, it has been know that preys can even damage / kill the tarantulas if not eaten. Always remove any remains of the prey so that it does not create an unhealthy environment for your tarantula. As a rule, live prey is generally required, however, some tarantulas (younger ones) will scavenge on dead animals.