Despite not being as colorful and showy as other tarantulas, the Brazilian black tarantula has a subtle beauty of its own. It is sleek and glossy, covered in black velvet. What could look more elegant? The velvet type texture is due to the hair that covers their body.
The little black hair covering their body can not only sense nearby movement but is also designed to irritate predators as they are sharp and prickly. Before you adopt this exotic pet, it is best to learn more about them and determine whether you can genuinely care for them.
How Should You Take Care of a Brazilian Black Tarantula?
Taking care of exotic pets such as a tarantula is not easy. When planning to adopt a Brazilian black tarantula, it is essential to learn more about them and how you should care for them. Some basic things to keep in mind when taking care of a Brazilian tarantula are:
- Handling a Brazilian Tarantula: Generally, tarantulas are docile creatures. They are slow and have a calm demeanor, which means that pet owners can hold them without worrying too much. However, it is essential to keep in mind that they are covered in tiny urticating hair, which can irritate if the tarantula uses them. If you handle the tarantula safely, it is unlikely that they will use their urticating hair.
What Should You Keep In Mind When Handling A Tarantula?
Hold them gently and slowly over a soft surface. It will help keep the tarantula safe if they are accidentally dropped. Ensure that you keep your face away from your tarantula so that the urticating hair does not get into your eyes or face, and maintain a calm and gentle demeanor. After you are done handling your tarantula, ensure that you carefully wash your hands with a reptile safe hand wash.
- Feeding a Brazilian Tarantula: Unlike other tarantulas, which eat almost daily, the Brazilian tarantula has a lower appetite. It is a slow-growing species that can live for a long time. Hence, it does not need to eat daily. Weekly feedings are fine for adult tarantulas, and you can feed the younger ones twice a week.
What Can You Feed Your Brazilian Tarantula?
Brazilian tarantulas prefer to eat anything that they can subdue by themselves. Any bigger feeder than your tarantula may stress them out, so try to stick to small feeders. Crickets, mealworms, cockroaches, and locusts seem to be popular choices for feeders. Make sure to clean your tarantula’s the day after the feeding as uneaten feeders may stress them out.
- Water and Humidity Requirements for Brazilian Tarantulas: This tarantula species has a low humidity requirement of around 60%-70%. Adult tarantulas should always have access to a bowl of water, while a misting spray works well for young tarantulas, as they can drink the droplets produced by the mists.
What Should You Keep In Mind?
Since Brazilian tarantulas have a low humidity requirement, a soggy cage should be avoided. Keeping a water bowl in the cage is enough to fill their water and humidity needs.
With these basic instructions, it is easier to understand how you should take care of your pet. Tarantulas are not very high maintenance and do not require much effort. As long as you know and are willing to make some accommodations to keep your Brazilian black tarantula happy, it will make an excellent pet for you!