5 Things to Remember When Petting A Tarantula

5 Things to Remember When Petting A Tarantula

Cobalt Tarantula is a lovely species known for its iridescent color with a grey hint. The shimmering blue hue covers its abdomen, underbelly, and legs. It is native to Myanmar, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Laos, and Cambodia.

The eyesight of cobalt blue tarantula is poor despite having eight eyes. It depends mostly on the sensory receptors located on the body hair and legs. It is very temperamental and swift in its movements. You can’t touch it like that as it instantly readies its defense mechanism brandishing its fangs. 

Cobalt blue tarantula is a mid-sized tarantula and has a leg span of about 5 inches. Females outlive the male tarantulas and are slightly bigger too, they molt once or twice a year.

5 Things to Remember When Petting A Tarantula

Let’s have a look at some of the things you need to remember before petting a cobalt blue tarantula.

Things to Remember When Petting Cobalt Tarantula

  • Aggressive behavior: The beauty of this tarantula is deceptive as it is known for its aggressive behavior. Its moody character makes it exceptionally unpredictable. So, it’s best that you admire this beautiful creature from a distance and don’t try to handle it. Its bite is venomous but not toxic for humans. However, you might experience severe muscle cramps, itching, and inflammation. 
  • Feeding: Tarantula is a carnivore and likes to feed on live crickets, cockroaches, beetles, other gut-loaded insects. An adult needs feeding two to three times a week while the younger ones need it within two days. It takes most of the moisture from the food itself. But you can keep a bowl of water to keep it hydrated. 
  • Heating and humidity: As tarantulas come from the rainforests’ humid environment, they are used to living in warm and damp burrows. Your tarantula can live at room temperature between 80 to 90°F. However, you frequently need to monitor the temperature. Regularly spray the terrarium with water for the right amount of moisture. Keep the humidity levels between 80 to 90 percent. 
  • Housing: A tank size of 10 gallons is ideal for a tarantula as it would need a lot of space to burrow and move or play around. Create a soft surface using peat moss, potting soil to emulate the natural surrounding for your pet tarantula. You need not use any artificial light, and the natural light is sufficient for it. 
  • Breeding: Mating is a complex ritual in cobalt tarantula. It includes tapping and vibrating the body by the male tarantula. A receptive female then comes out of the burrow and invites the male. After mating, a female tarantula lays around 100-1000 eggs in a white sac kept in her hole. Mother spider takes care of her eggs during this time. The spiderlings emerge after 45 to 60 days. 

Cobalt blue tarantula is undoubtedly one of the most amazing pets to own. However, dealing with it requires experience. So, you should keep it only if you know how to handle and take care of it. Temperamental and aggressive behavior of this creature can be a bit too much for a beginner. Remember, if handled inappropriately, it will not hesitate to bite you.

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