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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-22-2012, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Question Karma the Tarantula ...

Well i'm really sad to be posting this my boyfriend has a tarantula he barely takes care of and it's still alive. he's just uneducated about it. but i was talking to him and he told me that if i figure out what i need i can take care of it however i want so i'm gonna take light of said opportuinity and maybe look into getting one myself they seem easy enough i know they eat crickets and they need fresh water. he's in like a shallow kritter keeper . my boyfriend didnt give him a name so i named him Karma. any help would be greatly appreciated , thanks in advance(:


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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-23-2012, 10:34 PM
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There are hundreds of species of tarantula from all over the world. Each has its own requirements for temperature humidity, etc. Knowing what species you have is the first, most important step in finding out what you will need for it to thrive. Can you provide a few good photos?

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Sight unseen, if you keep it in the 80's and fairly humid (no mold), that's a fair start.

They dry out very easily, so humidity is very important.

Try the forums at: http://atshq.org/

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Also, don't overestimate how much care they need. Proper temperatures and humidity for the species, a clean enclosure, a hiding place, and a supply of water (usually gel or a sponge, or very small shallow dish, for safety), and they're good. Food should be offered less often than you would probably assume. Female tarantulas are very long-lived animals with slow metabolisms.
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Also, don't overestimate how much care they need. Proper temperatures and humidity for the species, a clean enclosure, a hiding place, and a supply of water (usually gel or a sponge, or very small shallow dish, for safety), and they're good. Food should be offered less often than you would probably assume. Female tarantulas are very long-lived animals with slow metabolisms.
No "gels", no sponges. Just a reasonable sized water dish for the enclosure.

To keep crickets from getting in there and drowning, you can put some stones in to make is shallow, or float a couple of wood chips for them to crawl out on.

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No "gels", no sponges. Just a reasonable sized water dish for the enclosure.

To keep crickets from getting in there and drowning, you can put some stones in to make is shallow, or float a couple of wood chips for them to crawl out on.

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Agreed...gels are mostly useless, and sponges tend to grow nasty things you do not want in there.

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Thanks for the correction. (I don't keep Ts, we have just one desert hairy scorpion--he has a small water dish as well. My roach colony gets gel).
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ill try and get some photos next timee im over there. what size enclosure is best


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Size of the enclosure depends on how big the spider is.

A 2 1/2 gal tank with a glass lid will hold many small to medium spiders. However, if it's an arboreal spider I tend to like side/front opening enclosure rather than top opening. ..fewer instances of the spider going "walkabout".

Some people like the critter keepers, I don't. They I find them hard to keep humid. YMMV.

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Speaking of tarantulas walking out...this is one of my all-time favorite tarantula videos.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYwSt2uxmCs

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