If you’re not the type of person who gets squeamish around spiders, you may have bounced around the idea of keeping one as a pet.
Their behaviors are intriguing to observe, and they’re completely silent, so they won’t bother your housemates or neighbors unless, of course, they manage to escape and run loose in your home.
The desert blonde tarantula is probably one of the cutest and fuzziest spiders out there, the best candidate for possibly winning over someone with a fear of anything creepy and crawly. They are docile in nature, making them easy to take care of, especially for first-time tarantula owners.
The females are tan, while the males have red abdomens and black legs that span roughly five inches long. Females can live for up to 30 years. In contrast, males live for five to ten years. So, before you decide to purchase one, keep its life expectancy in mind.
These spiders are native to the southwestern U.S. and parts of Mexico. They will require housing that closely resembles their natural habitats as well as live prey.
In the wild, desert blonde tarantulas like to dig long, deep burrows, covering the entrances with silky thread. They are mostly active at night and are known for being quiet, solitary creatures.
Keep your desert blonde tarantula in its own enclosure of a five to ten-gallon plastic or glass tank with a secure top. Make sure the tank is not too tall, as these spiders can get injured if they fall from a great height.
The tank should be between 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Inside the tank, add cork bark and a small hollow log that your spider can use as shelter. You’ll also need to add at least three inches of peat moss, soil, or vermiculite, replacing it every four to six months.
Desert blonde tarantulas like to eat live crickets, mealworms, and roaches. The insects they consume must be smaller than the spider’s body.