Pet tarantulas are both hated and loved as the world’s biggest spiders. These hairy, nocturnal arachnids come in over 850 different varieties. Tarantulas are found mainly in tropical, subtropical, and desert environments around the world, with the bulk of them in South America.
However, tarantulas should be at the top of the list if you’re thinking about getting a pet spider! Some of which make better pets than others. Beginner tarantulas can be burrowers or earth dwellers. They are slow-moving and have docile personalities. Many of these animals will survive in captivity for 10 years or longer with careful treatment.
1. Chilean Rose (Grammostola rosea)
This spider, also known as the Chilean fire tarantula, is common with novice arachnophobes. Females have a lifespan of up to 20 years, while males have a lifespan of just around 5 years. The Chilean rose is a common burrowing spider that prefers a wet, humid atmosphere and is considered to be very quiet.
The hairs of these Chilean spiders are pink-tinged and have a dark brown hue. Other color forms exist, according to the University of Calgary; they may also be grey or reddish copper.
2. Mexican Red Knee (Brachypelma smithi)
For many spider lovers, the Mexican red-knee is their first pet. Females can live for 20 to 30 years, while males only live for around ten. These tarantulas can be held in a 5- to 10-gallon tank. They’re usually easy to handle because they’re so docile. Their knees are red-orange, and their bodies are black with dark fur.
3. Mexican Redleg (Brachypelma emilia)
They are not to be confused with Mexican Red-knees. They have a dark body with pink, red, or orange on second joint of legs. They also have light upper shell with black triangle at front.
Mexican Redlegs can live up to 30 years in females and 5 years in males. This ground-dwelling spiders are usually still, but they can be frightened quickly. Temperatures of 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit (24 to 29 degrees Celsius) with 65 to 70% humidity are ideal for this species.
4. Chaco Golden Knee (Grammostola pulchripes)
The Chaco Golden Knee is a stunning terrestrial species that can grow up to 8 inches in length. This one is a slow grower that takes a long time to mature. However, they are known for possessing a calm behavior, making them an excellent choice for a first tarantula. Many people consider this animal to be one of the easiest to handle.
This golden-striped beauty prefers to hang out in the open, ensuring that your new pet is still visible. Adults can be housed in an enclosure with more floor space than height, as well as a water dish and a hiding place. There are no particular humidity standards for these guys, and they can be held at room temperatures between 70º F and 84º F.
5. Costa Rican Zebra (Aphonopelma seemanni)
The Costa Rican zebra tarantula, also known as the striped-knee tarantula, is a tarantula genus that can be found in western Costa Rica and Central America. Costa Rican zebras are slow-moving tarantulas that live on the grass. They’re perfect for people who just want to look at tarantulas. Females can live up to 20 years, while males only live for around 5 years. This spider thrives in a wet, humid 5- to 10-gallon tank.
They have a black body with deep red hairs, but unlike the Red-knee, they have white streaks on their legs with orange spinnerets.
6. Honduran Curly Hairs (Brachypelma Albopilosum)
Honduran Curly Hair, also known as the curly hair or woolly tarantula, is a hardy, slow-moving, and fast-growing spider from Honduras. It’s a land spider that only needs a small habitat, like a 5- to 10-gallon tank. Females live for about 10 years, while males live for about 4 years. You can easily identified them by looking at their appearances. Honduran Curly Hairs have round body with short and long bristles with dark and golden colors respectively.
7. Pink Toe (Avicularia avicularia)
Find the pink toe tarantula if you’re hunting for a tree-dwelling animal. The Guyana pink toe, common pink toe, South American pink toe, and pink-toed tree spider are all names for the same spider. Females live for about ten years, while males live for about five. This tree-loving spider needs a 10-gallon tank with some height, as well as branches and other climbing objects.
These little Caribbean tarantulas have pinkish bodies and dark-colored feet to begin with. They “undergo a reversal of their coloration” as they get older, according to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. The common name comes from the fact that mature pink toes have black bodies and pinkish feet.
8. Mexican Red Rump (Brachypelma vagans)
The Mexican red rump tarantula is a docile and slow-moving spider. Females live for around 15 years, while males live for 5 to 6 years. These spiders like to live around other Mexican red rumps in the wild. If you want to keep multiple tarantulas, this might be a decent idea. They are primarily jet black in colors with a red hair on the abdomen.
9. Mexican Golden Red Rump (Brachypelma albiceps)
Another version of Mexican Red Rump but with a brightly golden colors. The Amula Red Rump is also known as the Mexican Golden Red Rump. The belly is black and coated with long red hairs, and the carapace is bright golden in color. Females live for about 15 years on average. Like most tarantulas, they will eat anything they can overpower, which is usually insects, but small lizards and rodents may also be consumed.
10. Brazilian Black
The Brazilian black tarantula is a striking companion because it is a 7 inches velvety black spider with a wide leg range and can weigh from 0.5 to 1 pounds. Females of this genus live for about 20 years, while males live for about 5 years. Per week, these spiders will consume about a half-dozen crickets. They enjoy temperatures in the 70 degrees Fahrenheit with a humidity level of about 60%.
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