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Need a Low-Maintenance Pet? Try a Tarantula!


If you're like me, then you don't really have the luxury of keeping a high-maintenance pet such as a dog. Even a less demanding pet such as a cat might be beyond your time constraints. Fish tanks can be difficult too, since it's easy to under-estimate the time and effort involved in keeping them clean. So what options do you have?

Well, you could try a snake or one of the hardier lizard varieties. My personal favorites, however, are tarantulas. That's right-those big, hairy, eight-legged freaks.

Contrary to popular belief, tarantulas are really not deadly; in fact, there are no known instances of anyone dying from a tarantula bite. In addition, most of the pet store specimens that you'll encounter are exceedingly docile, and will generally not bite unless they are severely provoked.

The most common variety available is the Chilean rose hair tarantula (Grammastola rosea), which is notoriously gentle and easy to handle. It is also known to have fairly mild venom, and almost never bites. Other docile and readily available species include the Honduran curly hair tarantula (Brachypelma albopilosum) and the Guyana pinktoe tarantula (Avicularia avicularia).

Unlike a dog or a cat, these animals do not require much care. They can go for weeks without food or water, although regular care is still recommended. They do not generate much waste either, and so cleaning their cages is easy as well. Some species do have rather specific humidity requirements, but the most common pet store varieties are not so demanding. They also require very little space, and most of them can be kept in plastic shoebox-sized containers. Make sure that their lids fit tightly though, since these animals can be quite good at escaping.

I do recommend reading up on tarantula care, so as to learn the proper care requirements for the specimen that you choose. Be aware that some species can be quite aggressive, and are not recommended for beginners. These species are less commonly available though, and are generally obtained via mail order. If in doubt, start with a Chilean rose hair, as this is an excellent beginner species.

Owners should be aware that even within docile species, there can be some individuals that are more aggressive than others. In addition, there is always the possibility of an allergic reaction if you are bitten. In theory, this could result in a potentially fatal anaphylactic shock, although I am not aware of any circumstances in which this has actually happened. For these reasons, new owners should learn how to read a tarantula's body language, and should stay away from species that have a reputation for biting without provocation.

Also, do remember that you never have to actually hold the tarantulas-just as you never have to actually hold your aquarium fish. I recommend reading up on handling techniques, so that you can move the animals around without having to touch them. This can be helpful for those who are squeamish, or who simply wish to be cautious. When in doubt, err on the side of safety.

If you're not intimidated by the prospect of keeping one of these wondrous creatures, then I recommend them highly. They can be quite addictive, and they never fail to entertain.

About The Author

V. Berba Velasco Jr., Ph.D. is a senior electrical and software engineer at Cellular Technology Ltd (http://www.immunospot.com, http://www.elispot-analyzers.de, http://www.elispot.cn). The neighborhood children have referred to him as the "Crocodile Hunter" though, due to his impressive menagerie of magnificent arachnids.


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Telehealth for Pets: Petzey Launches First-of-its-Kind Virtual Network of On-Demand Pet Healthcare - dallasinnovates.com
Telehealth for Pets: Petzey Launches First-of-its-Kind Virtual Network of On-Demand Pet Healthcare  dallasinnovates.com

Tips to avoid separation anxiety in pets once routines return - Baltimore Sun
Tips to avoid separation anxiety in pets once routines return  Baltimore Sun

Pets of the Week at Pasadena Humane Society – Pasadena Weekendr - Pasadena Now
Pets of the Week at Pasadena Humane Society – Pasadena Weekendr  Pasadena Now

New Survey Reveals Effects Stay-at-Home Order May Have on Pets and their Owners - Chinook Observer
New Survey Reveals Effects Stay-at-Home Order May Have on Pets and their Owners  Chinook Observer

First-ever national virtual pet super adoption hopes to place thousands of pets - KUTV 2News
First-ever national virtual pet super adoption hopes to place thousands of pets  KUTV 2News

Pets of the Week - - WBKB-TV
Pets of the Week -  WBKB-TV

Pets can get coronavirus, but vets say no cause for concern - Carolinacoastonline
Pets can get coronavirus, but vets say no cause for concern  Carolinacoastonline

Meals on Wheels, The Arboretum hold 3-day food drive for pets of seniors amid COVID-19 pandemic - KVUE.com
Meals on Wheels, The Arboretum hold 3-day food drive for pets of seniors amid COVID-19 pandemic  KVUE.com

Protect your pets from summer heat as you would yourself - WKBN.com
Protect your pets from summer heat as you would yourself  WKBN.com

Pawsing 4 Pets: Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe During the Summer | River City Live - WJXT News4JAX
Pawsing 4 Pets: Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe During the Summer | River City Live  WJXT News4JAX

How to prevent separation anxiety in pets as you head back to the office after Covid-19 - KVIA El Paso
How to prevent separation anxiety in pets as you head back to the office after Covid-19  KVIA El Paso

Pets of the Week: Wilbur and Orville - Chesterfield Observer
Pets of the Week: Wilbur and Orville  Chesterfield Observer

Hot weather safety tips for pets - WXXV News 25
Hot weather safety tips for pets  WXXV News 25

Don’t let ticks bug your family and pets this season - WWLP.com
Don’t let ticks bug your family and pets this season  WWLP.com

After two months in coronavirus lockdown, how will we ever leave our pets? - NorthJersey.com
After two months in coronavirus lockdown, how will we ever leave our pets?  NorthJersey.com

Local organization fosters pets for deployed military - WCTV
Local organization fosters pets for deployed military  WCTV

Pets can provide positives for seniors | Seniors - Elizabethtown News Enterprise
Pets can provide positives for seniors | Seniors  Elizabethtown News Enterprise

How to prepare your pets for your return to work - WISHTV.com
How to prepare your pets for your return to work  WISHTV.com

Next Normal: Animal control’s new protocols when retrieving pets exposed to COVID-19 - KLTV
Next Normal: Animal control’s new protocols when retrieving pets exposed to COVID-19  KLTV

Austin Pets Alive! asking for donations after kennels flood over Memorial Day weekend - KVUE.com
Austin Pets Alive! asking for donations after kennels flood over Memorial Day weekend  KVUE.com

How to tell your dog or cat that Beshear said it's OK to leave and go back to work now - Courier Journal
How to tell your dog or cat that Beshear said it's OK to leave and go back to work now  Courier Journal

An Essential Veterinarian Keeps Working Because 'Pets Don't Know There's a Pandemic' - New England Public Radio
An Essential Veterinarian Keeps Working Because 'Pets Don't Know There's a Pandemic'  New England Public Radio

Free pet food distribution - Chadds Ford Live - Chadds Ford Live
Free pet food distribution - Chadds Ford Live  Chadds Ford Live

Festival to match food programs for humans, pets up to $25,000 - News8000.com - WKBT
Festival to match food programs for humans, pets up to $25,000  News8000.com - WKBT

Pets of the Week: May 25 - White County News
Pets of the Week: May 25  White County News

Global Pet Food Packaging Industry (2020 to 2025) - E-Commerce and Online Delivery Channels Present Opportunities - ResearchAndMarkets.com - Business Wire
Global Pet Food Packaging Industry (2020 to 2025) - E-Commerce and Online Delivery Channels Present Opportunities - ResearchAndMarkets.com  Business Wire

Family pets killed in house fire - newschannel20.com
Family pets killed in house fire  newschannel20.com

House Shoppers Don't Want to See Your Pets -- or Smell Them - Motley Fool
House Shoppers Don't Want to See Your Pets -- or Smell Them  Motley Fool

Local veterinarians seeing an increase of pets with snake bites - WBRC
Local veterinarians seeing an increase of pets with snake bites  WBRC

Lost And Found Pets In Metro Denver, Boulder: Week Of May 25 - Patch.com
Lost And Found Pets In Metro Denver, Boulder: Week Of May 25  Patch.com

Roice-Hurst Pet of the Week: 'Meet Mildred' - KKCO-TV
Roice-Hurst Pet of the Week: 'Meet Mildred'  KKCO-TV

Balancing humanization, sustainability trends to best serve pets and planet - Pet Food Processing
Balancing humanization, sustainability trends to best serve pets and planet  Pet Food Processing

Coronavirus News: Paw it Forward Pet Pantry in need of donations in Valley Stream - WABC-TV
Coronavirus News: Paw it Forward Pet Pantry in need of donations in Valley Stream  WABC-TV

Fewer pets being left at shelters | Local | Journal Gazette - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Fewer pets being left at shelters | Local | Journal Gazette  Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Need help? Animal shelter to hold pet food giveaway on Saturday - The Daily Journal
Need help? Animal shelter to hold pet food giveaway on Saturday  The Daily Journal

The best pet insurance companies for your beloved cats, dogs, and more - Business Insider - Business Insider
The best pet insurance companies for your beloved cats, dogs, and more - Business Insider  Business Insider

Boulevard Veterinary Clinic Pet of the Week: Ranger - TAPinto.net
Boulevard Veterinary Clinic Pet of the Week: Ranger  TAPinto.net

Cornerstone Animal Hospital -Our pets are an important part of our families and they receive quality care (052220) - KSNF/KODE - FourStatesHomepage.com
Cornerstone Animal Hospital -Our pets are an important part of our families and they receive quality care (052220)  KSNF/KODE - FourStatesHomepage.com

Humane Society of Louisiana distributing pet food across state - KALB News
Humane Society of Louisiana distributing pet food across state  KALB News

What to know before taking a pet to the groomer in Massachusetts during the coronavirus pandemic - MassLive.com
What to know before taking a pet to the groomer in Massachusetts during the coronavirus pandemic  MassLive.com

Back to work: What does the routine change mean for your pets? - WKBN.com
Back to work: What does the routine change mean for your pets?  WKBN.com

Animal Humane Society hoping families adopt pocket pets who still need a home - KSTP
Animal Humane Society hoping families adopt pocket pets who still need a home  KSTP

There's still time! The best extended Memorial Day deals for pets — starting at just $2 - Yahoo Lifestyle
There's still time! The best extended Memorial Day deals for pets — starting at just $2  Yahoo Lifestyle

How Seasonal Allergies Affect Your Pet | Tufts Now - Tufts Now
How Seasonal Allergies Affect Your Pet | Tufts Now  Tufts Now

Let's be honest. Our pets have been the real MVPs of this quarantine - they've b... - Portsmouth Press
Let's be honest. Our pets have been the real MVPs of this quarantine - they've b...  Portsmouth Press

SAP teams with Petco to offer expanded employee pet insurance benefits - Employee Benefit News
SAP teams with Petco to offer expanded employee pet insurance benefits  Employee Benefit News

Four people escape Houlton house fire but pets likely perished - The County
Four people escape Houlton house fire but pets likely perished  The County

N.J. pets in need: May 25, 2020 - nj.com
N.J. pets in need: May 25, 2020  nj.com

Pets of the Week for May 27, 2020 - The Advocate
Pets of the Week for May 27, 2020  The Advocate

Mid-valley rescue shelters continue finding pets homes despite pandemic difficulties - Albany Democrat-Herald
Mid-valley rescue shelters continue finding pets homes despite pandemic difficulties  Albany Democrat-Herald

Food bank and animal shelter join forces to provide human and pet food pantry - WHSV
Food bank and animal shelter join forces to provide human and pet food pantry  WHSV

Mass. Pets Getting Seriously Hurt in Grooming Mishaps, Veterinarians Say - nbcboston.com
Mass. Pets Getting Seriously Hurt in Grooming Mishaps, Veterinarians Say  nbcboston.com

Dorothy O'Connor Pet Adoption could use the community's help - Crossroads Today
Dorothy O'Connor Pet Adoption could use the community's help  Crossroads Today

Pets are also going through the coronavirus pandemic. Here's why they need an emergency fund, too. - USA TODAY
Pets are also going through the coronavirus pandemic. Here's why they need an emergency fund, too.  USA TODAY

Kennels at Austin Pets Alive! flood due to severe weather - FOX 7 Austin
Kennels at Austin Pets Alive! flood due to severe weather  FOX 7 Austin

Rabies found in Longmont and Lafayette bats - Longmont Times-Call
Rabies found in Longmont and Lafayette bats  Longmont Times-Call

Hill's Pet Nutrition Partners with The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement to Provide Disaster Relief Grants to Shelters Impacted by COVID-19 - PRNewswire
Hill's Pet Nutrition Partners with The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement to Provide Disaster Relief Grants to Shelters Impacted by COVID-19  PRNewswire

Homeowner, 2 pets killed in Security house fire - KKTV 11 News
Homeowner, 2 pets killed in Security house fire  KKTV 11 News

Pet Adoption Spikes During The Pandemic - WXPR
Pet Adoption Spikes During The Pandemic  WXPR

Find cool things for your pet at these family-owned stores - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
Find cool things for your pet at these family-owned stores  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

KRDO's Tuesday Afternoon Pet of the Week - KRDO
KRDO's Tuesday Afternoon Pet of the Week  KRDO

San Francisco Giants pets: Do you have one? - McCovey Chronicles
San Francisco Giants pets: Do you have one?  McCovey Chronicles

Families Foster Classroom Pets During Coronavirus Shutdown - NPR
Families Foster Classroom Pets During Coronavirus Shutdown  NPR

Coronavirus and pets: Scams exploit animal lovers in crisis - Los Angeles Times
Coronavirus and pets: Scams exploit animal lovers in crisis  Los Angeles Times

Mars Petcare, Waltham introduce digital resources for pet owners - Pet Food Processing
Mars Petcare, Waltham introduce digital resources for pet owners  Pet Food Processing

KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Friskee - KCBD
KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Friskee  KCBD

‘Just keep your dog at home’: Vets, police warn against leaving pets in cars amid heat wave - Globalnews.ca
‘Just keep your dog at home’: Vets, police warn against leaving pets in cars amid heat wave  Globalnews.ca

40 Photos of Old Hollywood Stars and Their Pets - MSN Money
40 Photos of Old Hollywood Stars and Their Pets  MSN Money

Hawai'i Land Board Says No to Aquarium Pet Trade - Earthjustice
Hawai'i Land Board Says No to Aquarium Pet Trade  Earthjustice

What to Consider Before Adopting a Pet in a Pandemic - Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
What to Consider Before Adopting a Pet in a Pandemic  Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

This is what happens to the pets left behind when their owners die from coronavirus - CNN
This is what happens to the pets left behind when their owners die from coronavirus  CNN

Houston nonprofit launches free pet boarding program to aid survivors of domestic violence - KPRC Click2Houston
Houston nonprofit launches free pet boarding program to aid survivors of domestic violence  KPRC Click2Houston

Pets provide great help in coping through pandemic - Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
Pets provide great help in coping through pandemic  Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

Dad’s Garage to team up with pet rescue for online event - Atlanta Journal Constitution
Dad’s Garage to team up with pet rescue for online event  Atlanta Journal Constitution

Pet grooming and vet care amid pandemic - FOX 5 NY
Pet grooming and vet care amid pandemic  FOX 5 NY

How Safe Are Pets from Coronavirus? - Bloomberg
How Safe Are Pets from Coronavirus?  Bloomberg

Betty White: 'Slow down, enjoy what you have: family, friends, pets' - WISHTV.com
Betty White: 'Slow down, enjoy what you have: family, friends, pets'  WISHTV.com

'Office' star Rainn Wilson hosts Zoom call with 900 pets - Insider - INSIDER
'Office' star Rainn Wilson hosts Zoom call with 900 pets - Insider  INSIDER

Jeremy O. Harris and the Bushwick Starr Announce Pet Project Grant - American Theatre
Jeremy O. Harris and the Bushwick Starr Announce Pet Project Grant  American Theatre

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Huntley - ThurstonTalk
Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Huntley  ThurstonTalk

Pet food bank, cat adoptions reopen at Safe Haven - Peninsula Daily News
Pet food bank, cat adoptions reopen at Safe Haven  Peninsula Daily News

Your quarantined pet may be acting odd. Here’s how to help. - The Washington Post
Your quarantined pet may be acting odd. Here’s how to help.  The Washington Post

Adopting a Pet From a Shelter in California: What You Need to Know - The New York Times
Adopting a Pet From a Shelter in California: What You Need to Know  The New York Times

Pet Python Bites, Wraps Around Owner's Arm and Leg in Seconds - TMZ
Pet Python Bites, Wraps Around Owner's Arm and Leg in Seconds  TMZ

How to adopt your next pet safely and virtually - The Verge
How to adopt your next pet safely and virtually  The Verge

Pet insurance continues double-digit growth - Today's Veterinary Business Magazine
Pet insurance continues double-digit growth  Today's Veterinary Business Magazine

Adopt-A-Pet: Petunia and Silk from Independent Animal Rescue - Chapelboro.com
Adopt-A-Pet: Petunia and Silk from Independent Animal Rescue  Chapelboro.com

Animal Shelter Report: Princess Diana is the Pet of the Week - Chinook Observer
Animal Shelter Report: Princess Diana is the Pet of the Week  Chinook Observer

New pet food pantry locations added - 47abc - WMDT
New pet food pantry locations added - 47abc  WMDT

Pets strange behavior amid COVID-19 - 11Alive.com WXIA
Pets strange behavior amid COVID-19  11Alive.com WXIA

Can pets be taken for a walk, State seeks to know - The Hindu
Can pets be taken for a walk, State seeks to know  The Hindu

Pets and the Humans Who Loved Them - The Wall Street Journal
Pets and the Humans Who Loved Them  The Wall Street Journal

Alligator found in Kentucky Lake likely a former pet - UPI News
Alligator found in Kentucky Lake likely a former pet  UPI News

Pet spot: Whistle Britches enjoyed De Soto family's sun room - Leader Publications
Pet spot: Whistle Britches enjoyed De Soto family's sun room  Leader Publications

Pets will feel the shock when you go back to work. Here's how you can help - KUTV 2News
Pets will feel the shock when you go back to work. Here's how you can help  KUTV 2News

Veterinarians reveal the biggest mistakes you're making when buying toys for your pets - Insider - INSIDER
Veterinarians reveal the biggest mistakes you're making when buying toys for your pets - Insider  INSIDER

Man Stomped on and Killed Family’s Pet Chihuahua, Police Say - nbcboston.com
Man Stomped on and Killed Family’s Pet Chihuahua, Police Say  nbcboston.com

How's your pet's life in quarantine? - Herald-Mail Media
How's your pet's life in quarantine?  Herald-Mail Media

PHOTOS: Walk your dog while practicing social distancing for National Pet Month - KUTV 2News
PHOTOS: Walk your dog while practicing social distancing for National Pet Month  KUTV 2News

A Guide for First-Time Pet Owners During the Pandemic - The New York Times
A Guide for First-Time Pet Owners During the Pandemic  The New York Times

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