As a consequence there are a lot of species in the pet trade which are protected under a treaty called CITES, which restricts the trade of endangered or vulnerable animals.

License info: CC BY-SA 3.0. Since falls can be so dangerous for tarantulas, it's important for them to get a good grip when they're climbing. There are more than 800 tarantula species, though some make better pets than others. Fat-tail scorpions (Androconoctus, Parabuthus) and Deathstalkers (Leirus) have venom which is capable of killing a person.

This requires that you do some homework before you buy. *Joe is a member of Arachnoboards, but does not post there anymore since he no longer keeps invertebrate pets. Tarantulas do not show affection the same way a cat or a dog would, but as far as spiders go, they can be considered to be friendly. ( Log Out /  There can be a really wide variation in terms of personality among arthropod pets. Brachypelma tarantulas are very common in the pet trade, and are highly prized because of their docile nature and ease of care.

If your tarantula does this, it’s not asking for a hug. Tarantulas are the quintessential arthropod pets.

A pet tarantula can be fed mice, cockroaches, bees with stingers removed, crickets, meal worms and grasshoppers. However, getting in contact with other people who share this interest through the internet is another way to find out about this hobby as well. Gloves, dust masks, and goggles should be worn when cleaning cages. There are several forums dedicated to keeping these animals, and the forum Arachnoboards* is one I consider the best place for the newer keeper to get started. If you're considering a pet spider, tarantulas should be high on your list.
The second group, the Old-World spiders are not recommended for beginners. I kind of think they are a look-don't-touch pet. Errors everywhere, including potentially fatal ones. Instead, they defend themselves by biting their enemies.

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We have the answers! They’re interesting animals, but they are not for beginners because there are a lot of precautions which need to be taken while caring for them. With this considered, it’s a case by case basis because while certain species of tarantulas have reputations of being more docile than others, there are always exceptions in each species. New World spiders tend to have irritating hairs, which they’ll kick off at the slightest provocation. Your Name: Alex

Für nähere Informationen zur Nutzung Ihrer Daten lesen Sie bitte unsere Datenschutzerklärung und Cookie-Richtlinie. Some folks consider them boring because they’re common…but that’s in the eye of the beholder. They should also be kept in groups, sometimes called a ‘culture’, but some consider that a positive.

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There are a lot of species which have been collected from the wild that are sold in pet stores. There’s no way to know for sure, but you always have to respect them for what they are. Millipedes can eat stuff like fruit and dog food, which makes shopping pretty easy. They’re not social, so they don’t appreciate affection like a puppy. They can be handled, but their poop is very good at triggering allergies.

Fortunately, they aren’t capable of killing adults…but in some cases I do wonder about what a bite would do to small children.

Dies geschieht in Ihren Datenschutzeinstellungen. As well as asking for considerations about how to choose a pet, people have either asked us for suggestions or thrown suggestions our way. If you annoy them you can expect them not to tolerate that, but if you treat them with respect they will not harm you.


No species of pet scorpion can actually kill you. Arthropods are not like dogs or cats, and it’s generally a bad idea to handle them. They make good pets because they’re docile, long-lived and easy to care for.

License info: CC BY-SA 3.0. Some are quite difficult to keep for a number of reasons, there’s a lot of ethics involved, and there are even some legal issues to consider. However, tarantulas aren't the best choice if you want a pet you can handle, as they do have venomous bites. I would not call any species of tarantula “friendly” - certainly not in the same way that a cat or dog might be friendly. Most of the questions we get about invertebrate pets also don’t translate well into blog posts, but we do answer them behind the scenes. This is the biggest ethical consideration when choosing an arthropod. This is a threat display, and the spider WILL bite if you attempt to handle it. Yahoo ist Teil von Verizon Media. Wir und unsere Partner nutzen Cookies und ähnliche Technik, um Daten auf Ihrem Gerät zu speichern und/oder darauf zuzugreifen, für folgende Zwecke: um personalisierte Werbung und Inhalte zu zeigen, zur Messung von Anzeigen und Inhalten, um mehr über die Zielgruppe zu erfahren sowie für die Entwicklung von Produkten. Arthropod pets are typically easier to care for than mammal pets, but they do require specific environments. A  big part of ethical pet keeping involves not keeping potentially invasive species.

( Log Out /  This isn’t a matter of if it will happen, but when it will happen. However, I caution people against buying them for pets because they’re social insects and the manner in which they’re harvested will destroy the entire colony. Image credit: Evanherk, via Flikr. But people need to watch stung children very closely and call 911 if systemic effects show up. Some scorpions, including some sold in the hobby, can even kill you. Which arthropod pets are good for beginners. Emperor scorpions (Pandinus sp), Flat Rock scorpions (Hadogenes), Forest scorpions (Heteromerus sp.

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