Spiders as Pets

An eight-legged pet?? Is adopting a dog not exotic enough for you? What about a pet spider?!

While the typical pets include furry critters, such as cats and dogs, it is not unheard of for someone to keep an arachnid as a pet. I know what come of you might be thinking:What the heck is an arachnid [pronounced ah RACK nid]?” Well, it’s a spider! I am sure the next question is, “Well, what kind of spider can I keep as a pet?” Let’s find out!

  • Grass spider: these are neat creatures that weave very large, matted webs. They are harmless to humans, but their venom causes rapid paralysis in their prey. They grow to be about 1-3 inches. You’ll need a 15-20 gallon tank to bring one of these critters home.
  • Wolf spider: this is the most common spider in North America. It is the easiest spider to catch while in its natural habitat. They are easy to keep in a cage, and their venom is no worse than a mosquito bite to humans. Their diet consists of moths, ants and other small insects. They live to be about five years old.
  • Chilean Rose tarantula: this is the most popular pet spider because it is one of the easiest to take care of. They are the least venomous of the tarantula family, and they can be handled fairly well. They eat crickets, mealworms and other small insects. They grow to be about 2-6 inches, and can live for up to fifteen years. They require a 15-20 gallon tank to make their home.

When considering adopting a spider as a pet, speak with a veterinarian about the best way to care for them. And remember: spiders can still be harmful, so you should be aware of all the dangers involved.

Do you ahve a pet spider? What type? Tell us about it in the comments!

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