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Written By macky on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 | 4:00 PM


The 1990 thriller Arachnophobia didn’t exactly have Tarantulas in its plot, but the movie did well in raising questions over the feasibility and practicality of keeping tarantulas as pets.

Directed by Frank Marshall, Arachnophobia’s main “actor” was a Venezuelan spider, a new species which spawned a new breed of spiders with highly lethal venom packed in their bites.
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Tarantulas, generally speaking, are not known for having bites which are lethal. It’s one of the reasons why they’re often kept as pets, along with their proliferation when bred in captivity.

When talking about tarantulas as pets, pet owners are not all that burdened by their upkeep, but as pets, tarantulas also have certain particulars and specifics in terms of care and maintenance.

For one, they live a long time, as old as 20 to 25 years, which means that keeping tarantulas as pets should be treated as a commitment. Another is that though tarantulas are generally docile, their appearance is threatening to most humans. The tendency to panic is only to be expected from people who encounter them, which could cause problems for tarantula pet owners, especially if a tarantula manages to get out from its enclosure.

Another thing is that most tarantulas prefer to eat live prey. If you’re the type who isn’t all that comfortable in feeding a pet something that’s still alive, a pet tarantula may not be best for you.

In terms of activity, tarantulas tend to be in constant repose. In other words, they don’t really do much, apart from feeding and/or when on the run. If you think that a tarantula does awesome things during “lounge times”, you’ll be disappointed to see a tarantula staying fixed in one spot, in one pose.

They may not be as venomous as Arachnophobia’s spiders, but their bites are also painful, which is one reality prospective pet tarantula owners should consider before getting one.

So? Think you’re up to the role of owning a pet tarantula?
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