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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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Pets adopted during the pandemic are being returned in record numbers - New York Post
Pets adopted during the pandemic are being returned in record numbers  New York Post

PACC needs help making room for incoming pets - Tucson Weekly
PACC needs help making room for incoming pets  Tucson Weekly

Pets of the Week at Pasadena Humane - Pasadena Now
Pets of the Week at Pasadena Humane  Pasadena Now

Understanding animal heat exhaustion for safe outings with your pets - WDVM 25
Understanding animal heat exhaustion for safe outings with your pets  WDVM 25

Houstonians returning pets they adopted during Covid lockdown - Houston Chronicle
Houstonians returning pets they adopted during Covid lockdown  Houston Chronicle

Livonia council approves leash law, shoots down weather guidelines for pet owners - Hometown Life
Livonia council approves leash law, shoots down weather guidelines for pet owners  Hometown Life

Pets adopted during the pandemic are being returned at record numbers: report - FOX 13 Tampa Bay
Pets adopted during the pandemic are being returned at record numbers: report  FOX 13 Tampa Bay

Opinion/Lund: Marijuana and pets call for caution - The Providence Journal
Opinion/Lund: Marijuana and pets call for caution  The Providence Journal

Helping pets through separation anxiety WCVB Boston - WCVB Boston
Helping pets through separation anxiety WCVB Boston  WCVB Boston

How to prepare your pets for hurricane season - WTSP.com
How to prepare your pets for hurricane season  WTSP.com

PAWS Chicago seeking foster parents for homeless pets - FOX 32 Chicago
PAWS Chicago seeking foster parents for homeless pets  FOX 32 Chicago

As more people return to work, more pets returned to shelters — but not in Chicago - WGN TV Chicago
As more people return to work, more pets returned to shelters — but not in Chicago  WGN TV Chicago

People Are Returning Their Pandemic Pets at Alarming Rates - Fatherly
People Are Returning Their Pandemic Pets at Alarming Rates  Fatherly

Protect your pets from insect-borne illnesses | Columnists | fergusfallsjournal.com - Fergus Falls Daily Journal
Protect your pets from insect-borne illnesses | Columnists | fergusfallsjournal.com  Fergus Falls Daily Journal

Commissaries offer savings for pet food, supplies in May - Dayton Daily News
Commissaries offer savings for pet food, supplies in May  Dayton Daily News

CBD for pets: does it work and is it safe? - ZME Science
CBD for pets: does it work and is it safe?  ZME Science

Pet Owners and Their Dogs Love Meilimiyu's Cooling Pet Blanket | PEOPLE.com - PEOPLE
Pet Owners and Their Dogs Love Meilimiyu's Cooling Pet Blanket | PEOPLE.com  PEOPLE

Meet Baxter, Penny, and Lady Delacroix, this week’s Pets of the Week in the San Gabriel Valley/Whittier - The San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Meet Baxter, Penny, and Lady Delacroix, this week’s Pets of the Week in the San Gabriel Valley/Whittier  The San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Phoenix woman faces multiple charges after malnourished dog and other pets rescued - ABC15 Arizona
Phoenix woman faces multiple charges after malnourished dog and other pets rescued  ABC15 Arizona

Pets In Need in Southern Maryland "Dog of the Week": Murphy - The Southern Maryland Chronicle
Pets In Need in Southern Maryland "Dog of the Week": Murphy  The Southern Maryland Chronicle

Local organizations teaming up to help pets | Local News | goskagit.com - goskagit.com
Local organizations teaming up to help pets | Local News | goskagit.com  goskagit.com

Halifax Humane Society's Pets of the Week for May 13 - Ormond Beach Observer
Halifax Humane Society's Pets of the Week for May 13  Ormond Beach Observer

Family loses pets as firefighters battle flames from home in southeast Topeka - KSNT News
Family loses pets as firefighters battle flames from home in southeast Topeka  KSNT News

Hamilton’s ‘Yappy Hour’ returns to invite pets for third year at Pyramid Hill - Hamilton Journal News
Hamilton’s ‘Yappy Hour’ returns to invite pets for third year at Pyramid Hill  Hamilton Journal News

We vote our pets' interests as well as our own - coloradopolitics.com
We vote our pets' interests as well as our own  coloradopolitics.com

Shipt and Purina Launch Pet Lookalike Sweepstakes in Honor of National Pet Month - Yahoo Finance
Shipt and Purina Launch Pet Lookalike Sweepstakes in Honor of National Pet Month  Yahoo Finance

Did High Levels Of Forever Chemicals Make These NC Pets Sick? - WFAE
Did High Levels Of Forever Chemicals Make These NC Pets Sick?  WFAE

Pet food pantry growing and helping more pets across west Michigan - Fox17 - Fox17
Pet food pantry growing and helping more pets across west Michigan - Fox17  Fox17

Pet Releaf® Focuses on Veterinarians with the Launch of Sentesa™ for Dogs - PRNewswire
Pet Releaf® Focuses on Veterinarians with the Launch of Sentesa™ for Dogs  PRNewswire

Talking About Pets | Kitten season is upon us - Daytona Beach News-Journal
Talking About Pets | Kitten season is upon us  Daytona Beach News-Journal

East Bay pets of the week for May 14 - East Bay Times
East Bay pets of the week for May 14  East Bay Times

Pets Here's Where You Can Shop for Your Pets in Hoboken + Jersey City - hobokengirl.com
Pets Here's Where You Can Shop for Your Pets in Hoboken + Jersey City  hobokengirl.com

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

Some Houstonians are returning pets they adopted during pandemic - Houston Chronicle
Some Houstonians are returning pets they adopted during pandemic  Houston Chronicle

Tiger filmed roaming Houston raises concerns about exotic pet ownership in the Lone Star State - Fox News
Tiger filmed roaming Houston raises concerns about exotic pet ownership in the Lone Star State  Fox News

Tolonen Family Pet Shop one of downtown Farmington's newest businesses - Hometown Life
Tolonen Family Pet Shop one of downtown Farmington's newest businesses  Hometown Life

Creative Acres Sanctuary founder says owners are giving up 'pandemic pets' as they head back to work - The Denver Channel
Creative Acres Sanctuary founder says owners are giving up 'pandemic pets' as they head back to work  The Denver Channel

How to Help Your Pets Adjust Post Pandemic - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
How to Help Your Pets Adjust Post Pandemic  NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Pet Insurance Industry Breeds Record Growth; NAIC Grooms Model Act Discussion - JD Supra
Pet Insurance Industry Breeds Record Growth; NAIC Grooms Model Act Discussion  JD Supra

Smooth travels: what to know before flying with kids or pets - WJLA
Smooth travels: what to know before flying with kids or pets  WJLA

Pet allergies? Consider insurance to cover recurring treatment costs - WRAL.com
Pet allergies? Consider insurance to cover recurring treatment costs  WRAL.com

The 16 best dog toys to entertain every type of dog in 2021 - NBC News
The 16 best dog toys to entertain every type of dog in 2021  NBC News

Pets meant to bring companionship during pandemic are being brought back to animal rescues - WRGB
Pets meant to bring companionship during pandemic are being brought back to animal rescues  WRGB

13 Doggone-Cute Old Navy Bandanas and Tees, So Your Pup Can Summer in Style - POPSUGAR
13 Doggone-Cute Old Navy Bandanas and Tees, So Your Pup Can Summer in Style  POPSUGAR

Pet Pals: 2-year-old British shorthair cat - WWAY NewsChannel 3
Pet Pals: 2-year-old British shorthair cat  WWAY NewsChannel 3

Homeowner injured trying to save pets in SW Wichita house fire - KWCH
Homeowner injured trying to save pets in SW Wichita house fire  KWCH

Neu-Tech Unveils a Pet Safe Sanitizing Blue Light That Kills a Wide Range of Bacteria - PRNewswire
Neu-Tech Unveils a Pet Safe Sanitizing Blue Light That Kills a Wide Range of Bacteria  PRNewswire

People are Sharing Photos of Their Chilled-Out Pets in a Viral Twitter Thread - Newsweek
People are Sharing Photos of Their Chilled-Out Pets in a Viral Twitter Thread  Newsweek

Pets of the week: Bonded cats looking for a home together - Duluth News Tribune
Pets of the week: Bonded cats looking for a home together  Duluth News Tribune

GRPD: Armed robbery at 28th St. pet supply store - WOODTV.com
GRPD: Armed robbery at 28th St. pet supply store  WOODTV.com

Pet of the week - WOAI
Pet of the week  WOAI

Second Chance opens online auction to help pets in need - WWLP.com
Second Chance opens online auction to help pets in need  WWLP.com

Pet of the Week: Hailey - Tysons Reporter
Pet of the Week: Hailey  Tysons Reporter

*** WATCH *** Several families, pets displaced after Dennis Port... - hyannisnews.com
*** WATCH *** Several families, pets displaced after Dennis Port...  hyannisnews.com

Livonia senator's 'Beagle Bill' inspired by city's efforts to protect pets in cold weather - Hometown Life
Livonia senator's 'Beagle Bill' inspired by city's efforts to protect pets in cold weather  Hometown Life

What happens to your pets if you die unexpectedly? - Columbus CEO
What happens to your pets if you die unexpectedly?  Columbus CEO

Pet Cats Fall For Optical Illusions Too - NPR
Pet Cats Fall For Optical Illusions Too  NPR

How To Find Affordable Pet Insurance - Forbes
How To Find Affordable Pet Insurance  Forbes

Paws for Pets Program at Weis Markets - ABC27
Paws for Pets Program at Weis Markets  ABC27

Adopt-A-Pet Tuesday: Sonata, Lennon & Moxie - 9 & 10 News - 9&10 News
Adopt-A-Pet Tuesday: Sonata, Lennon & Moxie - 9 & 10 News  9&10 News

No Kitten Around! OC Firefighters Called In Rescue Family Pet - Patch.com
No Kitten Around! OC Firefighters Called In Rescue Family Pet  Patch.com

Shelter pets find new forever homes thanks to recent adoption events - 69News WFMZ-TV
Shelter pets find new forever homes thanks to recent adoption events  69News WFMZ-TV

How Losing a Pet Can Make You Stronger - The New York Times
How Losing a Pet Can Make You Stronger  The New York Times

Coyote concerns in Lincoln include 2 pets killed by them - Grand Island Independent
Coyote concerns in Lincoln include 2 pets killed by them  Grand Island Independent

Pets of the week: Bud is a bundle of energy. Snow Biscuit is super friendly - MLive.com
Pets of the week: Bud is a bundle of energy. Snow Biscuit is super friendly  MLive.com

Spike in pet surrenders prompts Virginia Beach SPCA to educate owners on separation anxiety as some return to work - WAVY.com
Spike in pet surrenders prompts Virginia Beach SPCA to educate owners on separation anxiety as some return to work  WAVY.com

Pandemic Pets and Pet Companionship: Seven Benefits/Considerations for Care Coordination and Estate Planning - JD Supra
Pandemic Pets and Pet Companionship: Seven Benefits/Considerations for Care Coordination and Estate Planning  JD Supra

Celebrity Pet Groomer Jess Rona Partners With Andis® Company To Engage Pet Parents Across The Globe With Award-winning Tools - PRNewswire
Celebrity Pet Groomer Jess Rona Partners With Andis® Company To Engage Pet Parents Across The Globe With Award-winning Tools  PRNewswire

Roblox virtual pet adoption creators start their own studio, Uplift Games - VentureBeat
Roblox virtual pet adoption creators start their own studio, Uplift Games  VentureBeat

Vegan couple banned from owning pets after feeding their severely malnourished puppies a meat-free diet - Yahoo News
Vegan couple banned from owning pets after feeding their severely malnourished puppies a meat-free diet  Yahoo News

FWC To Pet Owners: Tag Your Tegus... And Your Green Iguanas, Too! - WFSU
FWC To Pet Owners: Tag Your Tegus... And Your Green Iguanas, Too!  WFSU

China's netizens call for crackdown after "blind box" pet rescue - Reuters
China's netizens call for crackdown after "blind box" pet rescue  Reuters

Is Your Pet Healthy? Here's How to Tell - One Green Planet
Is Your Pet Healthy? Here's How to Tell  One Green Planet

Tampa Bay area pets hoping to be adopted - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets hoping to be adopted  Tampa Bay Times

Advocates, opponents of Illinois bill regulating retail pet stores push their position - The Center Square
Advocates, opponents of Illinois bill regulating retail pet stores push their position  The Center Square

Pet Expert on Microchipping Cats and Dogs: It's 'the Safest Way to Find and Keep Your Pets' - PEOPLE
Pet Expert on Microchipping Cats and Dogs: It's 'the Safest Way to Find and Keep Your Pets'  PEOPLE

Kalihi Pet Center Provides a Variety of Small Animals - KHON2
Kalihi Pet Center Provides a Variety of Small Animals  KHON2

Pet Advice: Considerations before boarding your dog - KSNT News
Pet Advice: Considerations before boarding your dog  KSNT News

Pets of the week - Chicago Tribune
Pets of the week  Chicago Tribune

‘The Traveling Zoo’: Life on the Road, With Pets at Their Side - The New York Times
‘The Traveling Zoo’: Life on the Road, With Pets at Their Side  The New York Times

Pet photos from USA TODAY readers to brighten your day - USA TODAY
Pet photos from USA TODAY readers to brighten your day  USA TODAY

National Pet Day 2021: The best deals you can still shop for your dog or cat - USA TODAY
National Pet Day 2021: The best deals you can still shop for your dog or cat  USA TODAY

The Unshakeable Interspecies Bond of Pet Moms - Vogue
The Unshakeable Interspecies Bond of Pet Moms  Vogue

"Texas ChainPaw Massacre" Helps You Adopt Pets That Look Like Animals from Horror Movies! - Bloody Disgusting
"Texas ChainPaw Massacre" Helps You Adopt Pets That Look Like Animals from Horror Movies!  Bloody Disgusting

Michelle and Barack Obama Mourn the Death of Beloved Dog Bo: He 'Was a Constant, Comforting Presence' - PEOPLE
Michelle and Barack Obama Mourn the Death of Beloved Dog Bo: He 'Was a Constant, Comforting Presence'  PEOPLE

How to keep your pet from making a mess - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
How to keep your pet from making a mess  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

Paws Abilities, a locally-owned pet store, now open on 41st Street - KELOLAND.com
Paws Abilities, a locally-owned pet store, now open on 41st Street  KELOLAND.com

Man allegedly killing pets has St. Louis neighborhood up in arms - CBS News
Man allegedly killing pets has St. Louis neighborhood up in arms  CBS News

Stolen pet dies shortly after return - WILX-TV
Stolen pet dies shortly after return  WILX-TV

Vote 4 the Best: Pets - Voting - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
Vote 4 the Best: Pets - Voting  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

10 Eco-Friendly Pet Products to Help You Celebrate Earth Day with Your Cat or Dog - PEOPLE
10 Eco-Friendly Pet Products to Help You Celebrate Earth Day with Your Cat or Dog  PEOPLE

Tampa Bay area pets hope to share their love with you - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets hope to share their love with you  Tampa Bay Times

Development Notes: Banfield Pet Hospital to Collins Town Center - Jacksonville Daily Record
Development Notes: Banfield Pet Hospital to Collins Town Center  Jacksonville Daily Record

Victoria's pet adoption boom hits a decade high at one Melbourne shelter, despite end to lockdown - ABC News
Victoria's pet adoption boom hits a decade high at one Melbourne shelter, despite end to lockdown  ABC News

QUIZ: Which Anime Animal Would Be a Perfect Pet for YOU? - Crunchyroll News
QUIZ: Which Anime Animal Would Be a Perfect Pet for YOU?  Crunchyroll News

Lily the cockatiel bird stolen from Tropic Waters Pet Center - WQOW TV News 18
Lily the cockatiel bird stolen from Tropic Waters Pet Center  WQOW TV News 18

$10 million in taxpayer money to fund 'pet projects' in Biden's bills - WJLA
$10 million in taxpayer money to fund 'pet projects' in Biden's bills  WJLA

Pet adoptions still strong as dogs, cats melt stress - The Union Leader
Pet adoptions still strong as dogs, cats melt stress  The Union Leader

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day: 40 essentials for new pet owners - New York Post
National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day: 40 essentials for new pet owners  New York Post

Are our pets fueling climate change and environmental hazards? - Vox
Are our pets fueling climate change and environmental hazards?  Vox

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