Some species of tarantula are known for their docile nature and are handled by some keepers. Others have defensive dispositions and are quick to bite. We do not recommend handling any tarantulas, primarily for the safety of the spider. Tarantulas are extremely fragile creatures that can easily be injured from a fall or other mishap. In addition, all tarantulas are venomous and have the ability to bite. Their venom may not be life-threatening, but it can cause severe pain and several days of muscle spasms and cramps. Tarantulas are untamed animals and unpredictable. They are terrarium pets like tropical fish or frogs and are best enjoyed through observation and care, not interaction.
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When deciding what type of substrate you want to go with, it really boils down to preference. Sand is generally not recommended, the only exception would be using it as a small part of a mixture that contains mostly soil. Things like gravel, perlite or corn cob or any other type of small animal bedding, especially cedar shavings should always be avoided. This is why the above ones are the only ones I would recommend. At TarantulaPets, we have experimented with many and found that this works the best for the Tarantulas that we recommended here for beginners. Most of which are burrowers and are not a fan of high humidity. If you choose to go with something else, please ensure that it is chemical and pesticide proof, this can potentially prove to be fatal for you pet tarantula.
My List of Great Tarantulas for Beginners - YouTube
There are many different species of tarantula spider available to buy as pets, but for the purpose of this article I will stick to just three: the Pink toed tarantula, the Curly haired tarantula and the Chile rose tarantula. These three, in my opinion, present the best choice for a beginner, because they all share a rather placid nature and are therefore less likely to bite – if you choose to handle them that is, and not all spider keepers do.
My List of Great Tarantulas for Beginners