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What do you do for a sick tarantula?
Treatment involves moving the spider to freshly cleaned and well-ventilated housing and applying betadine to the affected area. Prevention is important, however, because once the mold or fungal infection is large enough to be noticed, it’s usually too late.
Will tarantulas play dead?
Some larger spiders, especially southern house spiders, tarantulas, and even the more venomous spiders like black widows, will play dead to fool predators. And since some spiders see humans as their natural predators, they are afraid of them and will engage in this defensive mechanism.
Do tarantulas need special water?
Tarantulas don’t have water dishes in the wild, so they don’t need them in captivity. This is an argument that comes up quite a bit. Some keepers will point out that, in their natural habitats, tarantulas don’t have the luxury of water dishes.
How do you know if your tarantula is dying?
The most common signs that your tarantula is dying include a shrunken abdomen, inability to move, loss of appetite, and legs curling underneath its body.
Why is my tarantula on its back?
What position is the spider in? During a molt, a tarantula lays up-side down on her back or on her side to get out of the old skin easier. This happens when a tarantula is actively molting and the whole process takes just a few hours. If your tarantula is on her back or side, then she might be trying to molt her skin.
Do tarantulas need a sponge?
Tarantulas do not require a sponge in their water dish. This is completely unnecessary, and potentially harmful to the spider. Adding a sponge is a poor husbandry practice and should be avoided even though you may encounter pet stores advocating for it.
Do tarantulas need a heat lamp?
Heating. A temperature of 21-24°C is required for most of the tarantulas that you should buy as a beginner. Red light bulbs are not suitable for heating spider tanks.
Why is my tarantula dead?
The death curl can occur when the tarantula is either too weak from sickness or old age, has sustained an injury leading to the loss of hemolymph (the tarantula’s “blood”), or is dehydrated.