Bird Eating Spider
Care Info For Your Bird Eating Spider
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Bird eating spiders - (Selenocosmia sp. Crassipes or Phlogius sp. Crassipes) - are one of the biggest Tarantula's in Australia (from mid-east Qld) and are filling the market of unusual and fascinating pets. This is becoming an exciting spectrum of pet husbandry.
To house these spiders, a glass cube tank is ideal as a terrarium. The lid must be one that can be secured for safety. The terrarium should have a few small ventilation slots to provide fresh air. Remember to keep one spider per terrarium.
The floor should have a deep layer of coco peat (peat moss) as a substrate and for great viewing, you should use a fabricated den that allows the spider to adopt a burrow which still allows you to see it. They may however, use a log or rock for shelter. You should also provide a small shallow dish for drinking water and change it daily.
Ideally, the terrarium humidity should be 50% - 80% (measured with a hygrometer), and should not fall below 20ºC (measured with a thermometer) - they prefer 24ºC and when in hot dry weather, they require a daily misting of water using a atomising water spray. To maintain optimal heat, consider a heat matt placed on the side of the terrarium or a heat lamp (oz purple night and infra red are the preferred choice).
All heat sources must be powered by a thermostat. Thermostats will regulate the output of the heating unit depending on the temperature. Unregulated heat sources could overheat your pet, cause hot spots (if using a heat mat), and waste unnecessary power. There are switching thermostats (for mats and cords) and dimming thermostats (for incandescent globes).
The main feeding and growth season is from September to May. The spider eats crickets, mealworms, silkworms, woodies, and may enjoy baby mice (pinkies, etc) as well. Food should be provided every second day, and they may eat less in winter. Food should be, at most, half the size of the spider.
Adults will normally moult between December and February. If you notice any of the following: darkening of colour, reduced eating, lethargy, or a new sheet of webbing flat on the ground, your spider may be about to moult. You should remove any live food from the terrarium, keep the environment well misted and the water dish full. When moulting, they often lay on their back. Females moult more often than males, are usually bigger and live longer. Females can live up to twelve years, while males will die within twelve months of first mating and the males usual lifespan is five years.
We recommend that you do not attempt to handle the spider and be careful when cleaning their cage. Their fangs are up to 10mm long and their bite can result in severe illness including nausea and vomiting for up to eight hours. Their bite is not known to be deadly, but always seek medical advice if bitten.
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