Tarantula makes an interesting pet because of its exotic looks. Rose-Haired Chilliens always come to mind first when thinking of keeping a tarantula as a pet. Due to its docile nature, ease of care, and low maintenance needs, Rose-Haired Tarantula became a popular pet among all pet lovers. However, it’s not a suitable pet for everyone, as it’s not domesticated like cats and dogs. So before you opt to buy one from the pet shop, you need to understand how to take proper care of them. There are a whole bunch of care routines that you may follow. However, in this article, we are going to mention some of the necessary considerations that will be useful.
Rose Hair Tarantulas Care Guides
Before starting with a care guide, let’s know a little bit about rose-haired tarantulas first. In the wild, tarantulas usually live in grassland regions in the deserts of Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina. They are alone living and a nocturnal hunter that only comes out from their moist and cool burrows at night to find food or a potential mate.
However, in captivity, male rose-haired tarantulas can live only 2 to 5 years, whereas a female Tarantula has a lifespan of 20 years or more. So, it’s generally recommended to take a female Tarantula pet rather than a male one. Now, that you know which rose hair Tarantula to pick, let’s jump into the care guide.
Choosing The Habitat
First, you must pick a secure and well-ventilated enclosure for your tarantulas. A mature female tarantula only grows a body length of 3 inches and a leg span of 5 inches, so a 10-gallon glass aquarium will be big enough for your adult spiders to span their legs. And if you want to buy a smaller aquarium, the requirement is to buy a tank that is at least three times larger than the tarantula’s leg lengths. So, an ideal enclosure for tarantulas should be big enough for them to roam around but not overly exposed.
So you have to be very careful while picking the habitat. Also, ensure that the tank has a secure escape-proof mesh top so your tarantula doesn’t come out for adventure in your house.
Substrate & Decoration
Now that you picked the habitat, you have to set the perfect surrounding for your tarantula to live in your house. Though they don’t dig burrows in captivity, you have to give a thick layer of safe and ideal substrate that can hold onto humidity. For that, our recommendation is to spread a two to three-inch of Josh’s Frogs Dig-It substrate on your tarantula habitat.
This is a pet-friendly substrate and provides behavioral enrichment for your pet. Also, it can hold onto the moisture of the air, so your tarantulas will feel happy to stay inside the tank. With that, you have to set a hideout for your eight-legged baby as it gives them more comfort zone and safety inside the house.
Usually, it’s best to pick a cork bark for your tarantula, and it should have some space inside to hide. Along with that, you can add more decorations like artificial leaves or skulls. But make sure those decors are safe for your tarantula and will cause no injury.
Water & Humidity
It is essential to keep a check on your tarantula to maintain the humidity. Though they don’t need high humidity, when you observe your tarantula standing near or in the water bowl for a long time, you have to flow a little bit of water inside the tank. You may think of misting, but that will horrify your spirit. So it’s suggested to overflow a bowl of water from the side of the tank. It will keep the area of the tank moist and maintain the humidity of the terrarium.
However, only distilled or Spring water should be used for the overflowing. And if you want to use tap water, use a high-quality water de-chlorinator for your pet’s safety. There should always be a bowl full of water for your tarantula. The bowl should be kept at the opposite end of the hideout.
Heating & Lighting
There is no requirement for extra lighting or heating for Tarantulas. They can live well under room temperature and ambient room lighting. But if you live in a dark place, it’s recommended to use basic lighting for the tarantula.
A tarantula diet is generally full of gut-loaded cricket or dubia roaches. Those insects should be similar or smaller in size to your tarantula’s abdomen. Just offer 3 to 5 crickets or roaches in a week and your tarantula will be happy. However, when you bring your tarantula home, they are already scared and trying to adapt to the new environment.
So, it is recommended not to feed your tarantula for at least 1 week after you bring them home. Also, when your tarantula is in a molting process, you should avoid feeding them. Molting is a process of growing and regenerating the new skin of the tarantula. A prey can hurt their new skin. In addition, usually, they have a lack of appetite during molting.
Handling is the most tricky part of petting a rose-hair tarantula. Though they are very docile and tolerant in nature, excessive handling can cause stress to them. They can even bite you when they are stressed. Though the tarantulas are not venomous, the bite may cause pain, burning, and itching. So it’s best to handle tarantulas less and also avoid handling them when your tarantula is in a molting process.
So, here is our Rose Hair Tarantulas Care Guide for Beginners. Hope you have found this article insightful. We have tried to cover almost everything you need to know before buying a tarantula for the first time. You may have to need a few more advanced pieces of information which you will learn gradually once you start keeping it as a pet.