Tarantulas belong to a huge class of invertebrate animals known as Arachnids. There are an astonishing 90,000 known species, with more being discovered all the time. They are members of the Araneida group of Arachnids or true spiders and they form the Theraphosidae family of which there are approximately 850 different species.

Commonly Kept Species

There are many species of tarantulas available; one should only ever consider captive bred specimens, as these animals will be younger and easier to acclimatise into captive surroundings.

Mexican Red Knee Tarantulas (Brachypelma smithi)
Curly Hair Tarantula (Brachypelma albopilosum)
Pink Toe Tarantula (Avicularia sp.)
Baboon Spiders (Ceratogyrus sp.)
Brazilian Painted Birdeater (Acanthoscurria geniculata)
Chile Rose Tarantula (Grammostola cala/rosea)
Goliath Tarantula (Theraphosa blondi)
Housing
Tarantulas can be placed into two categories when considering their housing requirements: ground dwellers and tree dwellers.
Feeding Stick Insects

All Phasmids are herbivorous, they predominately feed on fresh leaves. In the wild, stick insect species feed on specific plants and shrubs. In captivity however most will readily accept bramble leaves.

Feeding Tarantulas
All tarantulas are carnivores and feed on other invertebrates like crickets, mealworms and grasshoppers.
Handling Tarantulas
Few species of tarantula are suitable for handling. They are often fast, unpredictable and can easily be damaged if dropped or squashed.
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