Spiders are known to be the very scary insects that everyone runs away from. They are insects, and on top of that insects with 8 legs that might make anyone squeak while crawling up your arms and the very worst of their characteristics, they might STING you, that too really hard. Their sting will not turn you into SPIDER-MAN but might put you in some dangerous situation. But for people who are enthusiasts about such unique pets are in for a good time, as spiders are known to be great, fascinating pets if taken care of in a reasonable manner.
Known to be the most unconventional out of the lot of the usual cats and dogs that one would usually prefer buying, some people keep spiders as pets as they like the idea of having such an unusual pet whereas others might in order to get rid of their fear of spiders which is even known as ARACHNOPHOBIA. Being unconventional makes them stand out as well; yes, they don’t fetch a stick for you or play catch with, they cannot be even taken out for multiple walks in a day but they can be fascinating to watch and, if you choose a breed that lends itself to easy handling they can also be rather fun.
There are more than thousand species of spiders but the ones that are conventionally domesticated are the TARANTULAS which provide as great pets for almost everybody. There are many species of these TARANTULAS that provide for great pets.
PINK TOED TARANTULAS:
Tarantulas like the Pink Toed Tarantulas are ones who make their habitats up at a very high space like a tree or on the side of a building and cannot be confined to a solitary atmosphere like that of a cage.
But at the very same time, they tend not to get out of their homes for weeks all together and might not be thus accounted for amazing pets.
CURLY HAIRED TARANTULAS:
They are very active in nature and thus are seen more often than the Pink Toed Tarantulas as they are terrestrial beings and tend to stay on the ground more often than not and thus make for good pets.
These are the most active in nature and being terrestrial as well they tend to crawl out on hands and at the very same time sit on a log for hours together.
They come in different colors too like pink, blue and green as well.
If one does not find Tarantulas as attractive they may go for other spiders as well like:
- JUMPING SPIDERS:
- WOLF SPIDERS:
- FISHING SPIDERS:
- GRASS SPIDERS:
There are many advantages and disadvantages of keeping a Spider, and thus all of these must be taken into account when keeping spiders as your pets.
ADVANTAGES OF HAVING A SPIDER:
- SPIDERS KEEP YOUR POCKETS HAPPY:
Tarantulas are not that good to your pockets but at the very same time spiders require little or no investments. They can be captured anywhere and eat really less as well.
- SPIDERS ARE LOW-MAINTENANCE:
Spiders should not be taken as no-work pets, as they do require some amount of research into buying one but at the very same time once their requirements are taken care of they require only water and food supplies to be taken care of.
- SPIDERS HELP IN EDUCATION & ENTERTAINMENT:
For curious struck kids, spiders can provide for good samples as they can be observed for hours straight and a web-building, burrowing or hunting spider can prove to be very fascinating to observe and provide for as a great source of entertainment for budding scientists.
DISADVANTAGES OF HAVING A SPIDER:
- SPIDERS ARE GREAT AT ESCAPING:
Scuttling behind furniture or escaping via routes of tiny cracks are their specialty which allows for spiders to not be confined to their cages.
- SPIDERS CANNOT BE HANDLED:
Until and unless you are really into it, spiders are barely user-friendly as they tend to become vicious if they are fiddled with or can be killed, injured if not handled properly. Prior to contemporary beliefs spiders cannot be taken out in a pocket or on your shoulders.
- SPIDERS AND SAFETY:
We all know that spiders are one of the very dangerous insects that consists of venom in their tentacles. They even have small fangs that has the capability of breaking into a human’s skins. Their bites might result in rashes and cuts that are very sore and with spiders like BLACK WIDOW’S or BROWN RECLUSE’S may even cause serious injuries or death with their bites. Thus spiders cannot be handled on a regular basis.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR SPIDER:-
- FIND A SUITABLE SPIDER FOR YOURSELF:
One must take into account all the pros and cons of buying a spider before one locks down on buying one as a pet. Tarantulas might escape before you even realize. The spider groups most suitable for captivity are spiders that can hunt on foot, these include jumping spiders and wolf spiders.
- GET A CONTAINER:
After locking down on the suitable spider one must get an appropriate or the most suitable habitat-friendly container/jar for that very spider, if one fails to do this, the spider might die within a span of 6 months. There must be enough holes in the jar that allows for humidity/air to pass through and at the very same time not big enough for the insect to escape. A small jar lid or cup with wet paper towel or cotton will help to maintain humidity. A jar with a hinge would be the best for anyone to keep a spider. One may even put a small covering of sand or soil in the bottom and a leaf, rock or some other object that the spider can hide under and make its lair. There must be a separate hole for the food intake.
The most important element of a spider being able to live a long healthy life is water! Water allows for the spider to sustain itself, although water might not have to be given directly in the cage, it can be provided via humidity as well. Spiders cannot live without water at all, and may get dehydrated and die within a span of a month if not given sufficient amounts.
A science-enthusiast must have a spider for pure observance needs!
Or one may even get it for sole entertainment that is at very less investment cost!