This is a Desert Blonde Tarantula care sheet that covers the majority of what you need to know to properly care for your Desert Blonde Tarantula. If you require additional information beyond what we have here, or if you have an emergency, there are advanced resources, as well as expert support information at the bottom of this page.
Desert Blonde Tarantula Facts:
Where does a Desert Blonde Tarantula live?
In the desert regions of Arizona, New Mexico, and Southern California
What kind of climate does a Desert Blonde Tarantula live in?
They live in very extreme temperatures ranging from below freezing to sometimes above 120 degrees F.
The Desert Blonde Tarantula inhabits large desert regions in Arizona, New Mexico, and Southern California. They are built for extreme conditions and have evolved for millions of years. They are mostly found in bush areas or at rocky and sandy sections of the desert, but are not limited to these areas only. They are commonly seen on pet trades and that many similar species are found throughout these native regions.
Desert Blonde Tarantulas Other Common Names:
The other name for which the Desert Blonde Tarantula is known for is the Mexican Blonde Tarantula.
Tarantula Species Terms and Definitions:
- Terrestrial: ground dweller, burrower.
- Arboreal: tree dwellers.
- New World species found in the Americas tend to be more docile, less venomous, kick urticating hairs for defense.
- Old World species found throughout the rest of the world such as: Asia, Africa, Europe, and etc… are generally more aggressive, with stronger venom, and more apt to a bite.
Desert Blonde Tarantula Size and Weight:
How big does a desert blonde tarantula get?
A typical Desert Blonde Tarantula can have a leg span of about 5-6″.
Desert Blonde Tarantula Life Span:
How long do Desert Blonde Tarantulas live?
Females life span can average an about 15-20 years, but the males like with most tarantula species has a much shorter life span of 7-12.
Desert Blonde Tarantula Feeding Instructions:
What does a Desert Blonde Tarantula eat?
A Desert Blonde Tarantula can eat a number of large insects such as; crickets, meal worms, super worms, roaches, grasshoppers, caterpillars, and etc. However, at times adult tarantulas can even prey on small pinky mice. Never feed your tarantula with insects that were caught out from your yard or from someone’s garden or bushes because these insects might contain urban or rural used pesticides or chemicals that could possibly harm your tarantula.
Water is always important and the dish needs to be no larger than the width of the tarantula. This is a good way for them to stay hydrated and also helps to keep the humidity inside the enclosure. It’s important not to use soaked cotton balls as their water source because it can harbor molds that is bad both for you and the tarantula.
Desert Blonde Tarantula Handling and Behavior:
How do I hold a tarantula?
These tarantulas are considered slightly more aggressive than the rest of its species, but are still classified as docile creatures so it is safe to say that it is a good one to buy as a beginner if you are a tarantula lover. All tarantulas are very unpredictable and are not to be handled unless you know what you are doing, approach them carefully and with much respect. Never startle these tarantulas because you could get a nasty bite from them. You can let them crawl on top of your hand or pick them up but do it gently in order not to stress these creatures.
Is the Desert Blonde Tarantula the right pet for me?
This Desert Blonde Tarantula is terrestrial, which means that it is a ground dwelling spider, it is also considered a new world species which will tell you that it’s more docile and less venomous than any other spiders; they are mostly found in the America’s. They do bite and will use it to defend themselves if they were threatened. They also have urticating hairs that can be launched into the air to defend themselves.
Desert Blonde Tarantula Habitat:
What kind of cage do I have to buy a tarantula?
A small tank will be sufficient enough for a Desert Blonde Tarantula, and a 5-10 gallons of container or cage will make your new pet quite happy. It’s important to have the width of the tank at least three times wider than the tarantulas leg span so that it can move freely and comfortably around its enclosure. It’s good to have a little box than can house your tarantula and can hide in for its safety and to be alone once in a while. Rocks are good as well to have inside your cage.
What kind of substrate (bedding) do I buy a tarantula?
As for substrates, you can use either from a variety of options like; sand, peat moss, dirt or soil, or even vermiculite. Be sure to have it at least three inches thick so that your Desert Blonde Tarantula can dig and burrow as it would out in the wild.
At what temperature should I keep inside the enclosure?
The temperature should be around 75-80 degrees F(24-27 degrees C) and its humidity at approximately 60-70% in range.
Desert Blonde Tarantula Breeding and Baby Care:
How does a Desert Blonde Tarantula mate?
Male Desert Blonde Tarantula usually lives nomadic lives, but will go hunting for a female in the months from June through December, he will then make some sperm cases, carries them with him as he travels until he meets up with a female and starts giving the sperm cases to her. During the mating process of the male with the female, she keeps the sperm until the fertilization of the eggs starts. Once the female is ready to lay her eggs, she now covers them with the male tarantulas sperm and places them on a silk sheet that she wove itself. She will then start laying as many as 1,000 eggs and once she’s done laying the eggs she then adds another silken sheet and moves them on the front section of the burrow to receive more sunlight which helps incubate the eggs. The eggs hatches in about seven weeks later and leaves the burrow within a weeks time. The male reaches it sexual maturity after about 8-10 years and then dies shortly after mating is completed.
Desert Blonde Tarantula Warning:
Are tarantulas dangerous?
A Desert Blonde Tarantula like all spider species are very unpredictable and should always be respected and cared for with caution, although not as venomous or aggressive as most old world species they still can and will leave a nasty bite on you. Consult an expert and know your species before purchasing a tarantula.
Desert Blonde Tarantula Books
What are some good books on Desert Blond Tarantulas?
These are some of the top-rated books available for Desert Blonde Tarantula. If you are planning to invest in a Desert Blonde Tarantula, we highly recommend grabbing at least one of these:
Desert Blonde Tarantula Additional Reading:
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