Desert Blonde Tarantulas as Pets

DESERT TARANTULA COMING OUT OF HOLE. (ARIZONA BLONDE) APHONOPELMA CHALCODES. TUCSON MTS., ARIZONA
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Desert Blonde Tarantulas are beautiful pets to have, but make sure you know how to take care of them before purchasing or adopting one. Much like other spiders, it's important to understand their particular needs, what accommodations they need in terms of housing, how they eat, and what kind of interaction they may need to remain healthy.

Scientific Name

Aphonopelma chalcodes

Also Known As

Mexican Blonde Tarantula

Size

Desert Blonde Tarantulas can have a leg span of up to 6 inches (leg span)

Lifespan (females)

About 20 years (as with other tarantulas the life span of males is much shorter)

Housing

A small (5-10 gallon) tank is suitable for Desert Blonde Tarantulas. The width of the tank should be two to three times wider than the leg span of the spider wide and only as tall as the spider's leg span. 3 inches of peat moss, soil, or vermiculite can be used as a substrate. Wood, cork bark, or half of a small clay flower pot can be used for a shelter/retreat. Desert blondes will often dig a deep burrow in the substrate.

Temperature

75-80 F (24-27 C)

Humidity

65-70%

Feeding

Crickets and other large insects (must be pesticide free), occasional pinky mouse for adults.

Temperament

Desert Blonde Tarantulas are considered slightly more aggressive than other "beginner" species.

Notes

This is a long-lived but slow growing species.