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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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How to keep your pets safe during severe weather - 41 NBC News
How to keep your pets safe during severe weather  41 NBC News

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Young-Williams Pets of the Week: Teva & Taz  WATE 6 On Your Side

Pets left home alone as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted - cbs4local.com
Pets left home alone as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted  cbs4local.com

A side effect of the pandemic: Chunky pets - Tennessean
A side effect of the pandemic: Chunky pets  Tennessean

InventHelp Inventor Develops Convenient Leash & Seatbelt Product for Pets (LCC-5139) - Bradford Era
InventHelp Inventor Develops Convenient Leash & Seatbelt Product for Pets (LCC-5139)  Bradford Era

Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

Purrfect pets - Portsmouth Daily Times
Purrfect pets  Portsmouth Daily Times

Chew on this: Xylitol poisoning in pets is rising - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Chew on this: Xylitol poisoning in pets is rising  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

KC shelter’s new program reuniting struggling owners with their pets - WDAF FOX4 Kansas City
KC shelter’s new program reuniting struggling owners with their pets  WDAF FOX4 Kansas City

Pets with Potential: Meet Angel - WCAX
Pets with Potential: Meet Angel  WCAX

Cats still missing after storm; other pets found - Newnan Times-Herald
Cats still missing after storm; other pets found  Newnan Times-Herald

Pets of the Week | Pets - Johnson City Press (subscription)
Pets of the Week | Pets  Johnson City Press (subscription)

Pets Page: Bartholomew County Humane Society - The Republic
Pets Page: Bartholomew County Humane Society  The Republic

PHOTOS, VIDEO: Ride the All-New "The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash" Dark Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood - wdwnt.com
PHOTOS, VIDEO: Ride the All-New "The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash" Dark Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood  wdwnt.com

Adoptable Rescue Pets Visit Neff's National Bank for Community Day - brctv13.com - brctv13.com
Adoptable Rescue Pets Visit Neff's National Bank for Community Day - brctv13.com  brctv13.com

Unbreakable bonds: Residents share what they love about their unique pets - Alpena News
Unbreakable bonds: Residents share what they love about their unique pets  Alpena News

Last Call: Show us your pets chowing down - The Takeout
Last Call: Show us your pets chowing down  The Takeout

Cold Noses: Adoptable Pets of the Week - The Florida Times-Union
Cold Noses: Adoptable Pets of the Week  The Florida Times-Union

Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

Pets' names used as passwords by millions, study finds - BBC News
Pets' names used as passwords by millions, study finds  BBC News

Trigger and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week - The Arizona Republic
Trigger and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week  The Arizona Republic

These adoptable pets in Lane County are looking for a home - The Register-Guard
These adoptable pets in Lane County are looking for a home  The Register-Guard

Greater Birmingham Humane Society seeks donations to support families, their pets affected by storms - Alabama NewsCenter
Greater Birmingham Humane Society seeks donations to support families, their pets affected by storms  Alabama NewsCenter

How to Pet-Proof Your Garden This Spring - Lifehacker
How to Pet-Proof Your Garden This Spring  Lifehacker

Pet Talk | They've got a lot of heart - Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
Pet Talk | They've got a lot of heart  Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

Sony Releases Hotel Transylvania: Monster Pets Short | CBR - CBR - Comic Book Resources
Sony Releases Hotel Transylvania: Monster Pets Short | CBR  CBR - Comic Book Resources

Fundraiser seeks donations for Redway business owner after 18 pets die in fire - Eureka Times-Standard
Fundraiser seeks donations for Redway business owner after 18 pets die in fire  Eureka Times-Standard

Dogs Sad Adoption Tale Spotlights Wisconsin Pets Needing Homes - Patch.com
Dogs Sad Adoption Tale Spotlights Wisconsin Pets Needing Homes  Patch.com

Jet Pets- Gizmo and Romeo - YourErie
Jet Pets- Gizmo and Romeo  YourErie

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina Launches Spanish Pet Adoption Platform - ATP Tour
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina Launches Spanish Pet Adoption Platform  ATP Tour

Dogs Sad Adoption Tale Spotlights Tucson Pets Needing Homes - Patch.com
Dogs Sad Adoption Tale Spotlights Tucson Pets Needing Homes  Patch.com

Peaches And Mango Are Hillsboroughs Pets Of The Week - Patch.com
Peaches And Mango Are Hillsboroughs Pets Of The Week  Patch.com

News - Dilworth to consider limit on pets per household - Valley News Live
News - Dilworth to consider limit on pets per household  Valley News Live

Austin Pets Alive! Seeks Fosters For Neonatal Kittens In Spring - Patch.com
Austin Pets Alive! Seeks Fosters For Neonatal Kittens In Spring  Patch.com

Tampa Bay area pets looking for forever homes - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets looking for forever homes  Tampa Bay Times

Some pet dogs need expensive therapy after lockdowns - Fox News
Some pet dogs need expensive therapy after lockdowns  Fox News

Rabid Skunk Confirmed in Oconee County; Two Pet Exposures - SCDHEC
Rabid Skunk Confirmed in Oconee County; Two Pet Exposures  SCDHEC

5K supports local school, Manna Mission & pet rescue - WSIL TV
5K supports local school, Manna Mission & pet rescue  WSIL TV

Allergy season can be tough on your pets, too - WTTV CBS4Indy
Allergy season can be tough on your pets, too  WTTV CBS4Indy

Kitten season has begun at SOLAS - The Daily Nonpareil
Kitten season has begun at SOLAS  The Daily Nonpareil

A 'Ruff' Year Doesn't Stop Pet Owners from Splurging on their Pets - ABC10.com KXTV
A 'Ruff' Year Doesn't Stop Pet Owners from Splurging on their Pets  ABC10.com KXTV

Worldwide Veterinary Diagnostics Industry to 2026 - Increasing Pet Ownership and Animal Health Expenditure is Driving Growth - ResearchAndMarkets.com - WV News
Worldwide Veterinary Diagnostics Industry to 2026 - Increasing Pet Ownership and Animal Health Expenditure is Driving Growth - ResearchAndMarkets.com  WV News

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Owner gets more than just her pet parrot after lost bird was found at Anakeesta  WATE 6 On Your Side

PHOTOS: My Steelers pet – April 10 - Steelers.com
PHOTOS: My Steelers pet – April 10  Steelers.com

Pet owners should be cautious as their animals spend time outside this spring - THV11.com KTHV
Pet owners should be cautious as their animals spend time outside this spring  THV11.com KTHV

Aggieland Humane Society Pet of the Week: Pigeon - KBTX
Aggieland Humane Society Pet of the Week: Pigeon  KBTX

GMFS: Featured Pets – 4/9/21 - KSNF/KODE - FourStatesHomepage.com
GMFS: Featured Pets – 4/9/21  KSNF/KODE - FourStatesHomepage.com

14 gifts you should buy yourself for National Pet Day - USA TODAY
14 gifts you should buy yourself for National Pet Day  USA TODAY

Fireworks for Thunder Over Louisville may go off closer to home. Here's how you can prepare - WHAS11.com
Fireworks for Thunder Over Louisville may go off closer to home. Here's how you can prepare  WHAS11.com

The 19 Easiest Pets to Take Care of - Newsweek
The 19 Easiest Pets to Take Care of  Newsweek

Ree Drummond Cooked Up Something Special for Dogs Everywhere to Celebrate National Pet Day - PEOPLE
Ree Drummond Cooked Up Something Special for Dogs Everywhere to Celebrate National Pet Day  PEOPLE

Gulf Coast Tiny Paws Rescue pet of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Gulf Coast Tiny Paws Rescue pet of the week  Galveston County Daily News

Is your pet ready for hurricane season? Miami-Dade Animal Services may be able to help - Miami Herald
Is your pet ready for hurricane season? Miami-Dade Animal Services may be able to help  Miami Herald

L.A. Department Of Animal Care And Control Waives Pet License Renewal Fees - KHTS Radio
L.A. Department Of Animal Care And Control Waives Pet License Renewal Fees  KHTS Radio

Hello, puppers! | Austin FC announces Austin Pets Alive! dogs as club's honorary mascots - KVUE.com
Hello, puppers! | Austin FC announces Austin Pets Alive! dogs as club's honorary mascots  KVUE.com

08:05 ET EarthWise Pet Opens A New Store In Avon Lake - PRNewswire
08:05 ET EarthWise Pet Opens A New Store In Avon Lake  PRNewswire

Metro East Animal Welfare Organization Adds Services For People - St. Louis Public Radio
Metro East Animal Welfare Organization Adds Services For People  St. Louis Public Radio

Meet our pets of the week: A husky mix, a heeler mix and horse - STLtoday.com
Meet our pets of the week: A husky mix, a heeler mix and horse  STLtoday.com

Pet Project 2021: These animals are available for adoption in shelters across Massachusetts on April 9 - MassLive.com
Pet Project 2021: These animals are available for adoption in shelters across Massachusetts on April 9  MassLive.com

Critter Corner: Many factors involved in pet choice - East Bay Times
Critter Corner: Many factors involved in pet choice  East Bay Times

Mars Petcare adds 2 to Pet Nutrition North America leadership team - williamsonherald.com
Mars Petcare adds 2 to Pet Nutrition North America leadership team  williamsonherald.com

Major coronavirus variant found in pets for first time - Science Magazine
Major coronavirus variant found in pets for first time  Science Magazine

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'Protect Your Children And Pets' – Mayor Warns About Wildlife From Century Lumber Mill Cleanup Site  NorthEscambia.com

Watchdog group petitions EPA to ban Seresto pet collar after thousands report harm - USA TODAY
Watchdog group petitions EPA to ban Seresto pet collar after thousands report harm  USA TODAY

Second Chance Pets: Howard the cat - KOIN.com
Second Chance Pets: Howard the cat  KOIN.com

Pet(s) of the Week: Meet Athena and Fritos! - WKOW
Pet(s) of the Week: Meet Athena and Fritos!  WKOW

Reducing its Carbon 'Paw Print': DTC Pet Food Brand, Tailored® Pet, Celebrates Earth Month with Multi-Faceted Green Initiative and Exclusive Money-Saving Offer - The Wellsboro Gazette
Reducing its Carbon 'Paw Print': DTC Pet Food Brand, Tailored® Pet, Celebrates Earth Month with Multi-Faceted Green Initiative and Exclusive Money-Saving Offer  The Wellsboro Gazette

Dogs Sad Adoption Tale Spotlights Boulder Pets Needing Homes - Patch.com
Dogs Sad Adoption Tale Spotlights Boulder Pets Needing Homes  Patch.com

Why sphynx cats are the purrrr-fect pet - KELOLAND.com
Why sphynx cats are the purrrr-fect pet  KELOLAND.com

Pets Keep Us Paws-itive During the Pandemic - Duke Today
Pets Keep Us Paws-itive During the Pandemic  Duke Today

Girl battling cancer receives 'pet dragon' as Make-A-Wish - The Denver Channel
Girl battling cancer receives 'pet dragon' as Make-A-Wish  The Denver Channel

Pets Became Purrfect Pals During Pandemic While Startup Funding Didn't Lay Down - Crunchbase News
Pets Became Purrfect Pals During Pandemic While Startup Funding Didn't Lay Down  Crunchbase News

19 puppies rescued from Upper Thomson pet store fire - The Straits Times
19 puppies rescued from Upper Thomson pet store fire  The Straits Times

Pets of the Week: April 1, 2021 - WSIL TV
Pets of the Week: April 1, 2021  WSIL TV

Salmonella Scare Drives Pet Food Recall - WebMD - WebMD
Salmonella Scare Drives Pet Food Recall - WebMD  WebMD

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

Pets on the Plaza: Meet Alba - 47abc - WMDT
Pets on the Plaza: Meet Alba - 47abc  WMDT

City of North Mankato reminding pet owners of park policies - KEYC
City of North Mankato reminding pet owners of park policies  KEYC

WA rental crisis sees pets surrendered to shelters and belongings sent to storage - ABC News
WA rental crisis sees pets surrendered to shelters and belongings sent to storage  ABC News

Emma Is Clark-Garwoods Pet Of The Week - Patch.com
Emma Is Clark-Garwoods Pet Of The Week  Patch.com

Solomon wins Gazette pet contest | News | indianagazette.com - Indiana Gazette
Solomon wins Gazette pet contest | News | indianagazette.com  Indiana Gazette

Longmont Humane Society pet of the week for April 10, 2021 - Longmont Times-Call
Longmont Humane Society pet of the week for April 10, 2021  Longmont Times-Call

Pet of the Week: Micro - NTV
Pet of the Week: Micro  NTV

Opportunities in the World Pet Grooming Services Market - A US$11.2 Billion Market by 2027 - PRNewswire
Opportunities in the World Pet Grooming Services Market - A US$11.2 Billion Market by 2027  PRNewswire

Petco Imagines Pets as People in Its First Campaign as a Wellness Brand - Adweek
Petco Imagines Pets as People in Its First Campaign as a Wellness Brand  Adweek

These Three Beloved Pet Food Brands Are About to Skyrocket in Price | Eat This Not That - Eat This, Not That
These Three Beloved Pet Food Brands Are About to Skyrocket in Price | Eat This Not That  Eat This, Not That

Disabled woman, pet attacked by vicious dogs - WALB
Disabled woman, pet attacked by vicious dogs  WALB

Pet peacock with affinity for people takes residents by surprise - WCVB Boston
Pet peacock with affinity for people takes residents by surprise  WCVB Boston

4 Millennial Pet Trends That Boomers Roll Their Eyes At - PureWow
4 Millennial Pet Trends That Boomers Roll Their Eyes At  PureWow

Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (4/7/2021) - ABC15 Arizona
Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (4/7/2021)  ABC15 Arizona

Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of April 4, 2021 - Summit Daily News
Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of April 4, 2021  Summit Daily News

Midwestern Pet Foods Voluntarily Recall Due to Possible Salmonella Health Risk - FDA.gov
Midwestern Pet Foods Voluntarily Recall Due to Possible Salmonella Health Risk  FDA.gov

Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe This Easter - NBC New York
Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe This Easter  NBC New York

PHOTOS: Gwinnett Animal Shelter Adoptable Pets of the Week — April 5 - Gwinnettdailypost.com
PHOTOS: Gwinnett Animal Shelter Adoptable Pets of the Week — April 5  Gwinnettdailypost.com

N.J. pets in need: April 5, 2021 - nj.com
N.J. pets in need: April 5, 2021  nj.com

Pet Owners Make Mobile Bed for Their 16-Year-Old Dog to Help Canine Enjoy Last Beach Vacation - PEOPLE
Pet Owners Make Mobile Bed for Their 16-Year-Old Dog to Help Canine Enjoy Last Beach Vacation  PEOPLE

Tampa Bay area pets hoping to find forever homes - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets hoping to find forever homes  Tampa Bay Times

How Families Who Took in Pandemic Pets Are Handling Things Months Later - GoodHousekeeping.com
How Families Who Took in Pandemic Pets Are Handling Things Months Later  GoodHousekeeping.com

How To Keep Pets Safe In A Disaster - HuffPost
How To Keep Pets Safe In A Disaster  HuffPost

'My pet has helped me so much during the pandemic' - BBC News
'My pet has helped me so much during the pandemic'  BBC News

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