The most frequently asked questions by novice breeders.
1. What spider is recommended for a novice tarantula breeder as the first tarantula?
All breeders agree on this issue. The first tarantula should be a spider of the species Brachypelma spp. This means that all spiders whose name begins with the word Brachypelma are very well suited for the first spider. These are m.in such species: Brachypelma albopilosum, Brachypelma vagans, Brachypelma angustum, Brachypelma smithi, Brachypelma boehmei, Brachypelma klassi, brachypelma emilia, Brachypelma auratum, Brachypelma annitha, Brachypelma albiceps, etc. They are recommended because of their resistance to poor maintenance and weak venom comparable to bee venom. The most of those listed I recommend to be albopilosum, vagans and angustum. In my opinion, they are the most resistant to breeding bugs and poor conditions. The second thing is that these three species are the cheapest tarantulas compared to the rest of the brachypelms. There is one more thing. It is easier to keep a spider that is already a little older, namely L4-L6. Then there are no more problems with feeding because such a tarantula can cope with mealworm or a small cricket. Small L1-L3 tarantulas can be fed with pinks from the fishing shop. These are larvae of flies and should be kept in the refrigerator so that they do not turn into flies. Nice overgrown tarantulas at a low price very resistant to breeding errors.
2. I bought a tarantula, he came to me whole and healthy but does not want to take food what to do?
Fears in this situation are really not needed. It must be remembered that spiders do not eat often. Young tarantulas can be fed 2-3 times a week, however, the spider may not feel like it and will not eat. This is completely normal behavior. In addition, tarantulas about a week before the molt preparing for it do not eat anything. After molting, also about a week you should not give food so that its skin and canines have time to harden. Also, the new environment has an impact on the fact that the tarantula will not eat. For the sake of curiosity, I will say that adult tarantulas can do even a two-year fasting for no reason. So if your spider doesn't eat anything, stop throwing food at him, wait a few days try again and see if he eats then. Nothing else can be done in such a situation.
3. What conditions to provide for a new spider?
It all depends on the species we have acquired. I invite you to the section "Descriptions of species", there you will learn what humidity and temperature this tarantula requires. In general, every tarantula needs the right temperature, humidity and décor. The temperature can be ensured by installing a heating bulb next to a container or terrarium or by spreading a heating cable under the terrarium. Perhaps it is enough to set the terrarium closer to the heater. Everything must be checked by placing the terrarium in a given place by controlling the temperature with an appropriate thermometer. you also have to remember that in the case of a light bulb you can not give it too close so that the tarantula could not get burned. In the case of a cable, it should be unfolded only under a part of the terrarium so that the tarantula can choose a place to stay at the moment. Once it can bask and when it is too hot it can go to the cooler part of the terrarium. As a substrate, you should use a special substrate is a terrarium that can be purchased from me or in any pet store. The substrate should be about half of the surface moist so that the spider can choose for itself whether it wants to stay in a damp or dry place. Through a moist substrate, adequate humidity is also obtained in the terrarium. Humidity is controlled by placing a hygrometer in the terrarium. I offer thermometers, hygrometers and substrates.
4. Can a small tarantula be given to the target terrarium from time to time?
No. This cannot be done because a small birdset of L1 can escape through the gaps in a large terrarium, will have trouble finding food and in general we will have less control over it. The spider will bury itself somewhere and we will not even know if it is still in this terrarium at all. The tarantula should be transferred to a larger container every few molts as it grows until it reaches dimensions of 5-6cm in total. Then you can put it in the terrarium. Young tarantulas can be kept in various plastic containers, plates, salad containers, etc.