Tarantulas are exotic pets with very specific grooming requirements that new owners may find difficult to meet. However, Grammostola pulchra, better known as the Brazilian black tarantula, is a great tarantula for beginners. This is a tough and tough spider that can thrive in a variety of conditions. In addition, they are known for their docile and non-aggressive nature, which makes them ideal for those who wish to handle their tarantulas. Caring for these spiders is relatively simple, and in this guide, we’ll cover all the basics you need to know to keep your Brazilian black tarantula healthy.
Fast Facts about Brazilian Black Tarantula
|Species Name:||Grammostola pulchra|
|temperament:||Active but obedient|
|Size:||Up to 8 inches|
|Minimum Tank Size:||10+ gallons|
|Tank Setting:||Dry with substrate|
|Suitability:||Beginner to expert owner|
Brazilian Black Tarantula Overview
For those in the know, tarantulas can be fun and enjoyable pets. Few pets get the wow factor that tarantulas enjoy, and Brazilian black tarantulas are some of the most extraordinary in appearance. These giants are all black and can reach over 8 inches at maturity. They are quite impressive to behold, with their thick, thick bodies covered in shiny hair that gives them a velvety appearance.
While this tarantula is beautiful, what’s great about the Brazilian black tarantula is that it’s easy to care for. This is the ideal tarantula for first-time caregivers. They are so sturdy and tough that it’s a little hard to screw them up. These tarantulas are not very specific about the temperature of their environment and they don’t display the bad temper you might see with other tarantula species. In contrast, Brazilian black tarantulas tend to be calm and docile, and many of their owners claim that they never show any aggression; apart from breastfeeding of course!
Thanks to their docile nature, these are some of the safest tarantulas to handle. They will not bite, and if they do, their venom is rather mild. That said, the fangs of an adult Brazilian black tarantula are big enough to cause damage, so you don’t want to be bitten anyway. Fortunately, these tarantulas are known to be very tolerant of handling.
How much does a Brazilian black tarantula cost?
One of the most attractive things about possession of Brazilian black tarantulas is the low barriers to entry. Not only are they very easy to care for, but these tarantulas are also quite affordable. You should spend around $100 for a good quality Brazilian black tarantula, which is a bargain for an exotic pet. Fortunately, caring for these tarantulas is also affordable, as all they need is stable insect food.
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Typical Behavior & Temperament
Many tarantulas exhibit aggressive behavior and a bad temper. Fortunately, Brazilian black tarantulas rarely show such tendencies. In contrast, these tarantulas are usually calm and relaxed, making them one of the safer species to handle. They don’t seem to have a natural tendency to aggression like other tarantula species, which is why they are often recommended as the first species for beginner tarantula keepers.
Appearance & Variety
With a name like the Brazilian black tarantula, there isn’t much room for variance. All of these spiders look basically the same. They were stocky spiders covered in shiny black hair. Compared to other tarantulas, the Brazilian Black is thicker and bulkier. They can also reach quite impressive sizes, often measuring 8 inches when fully grown.
How to Care for a Brazilian Black Tarantula
Habitat, Tank Conditions & Settings
You’ll need a tank that’s at least 10 gallons for one Brazilian black tarantula, though 15 or 20 gallons will be more comfortable. Make sure the tank is well ventilated and covered with a secure lid that your spider cannot lift.
Your Brazilian black tarantula will be happiest between 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit, but they aren’t particularly picky. Since they are tough tarantulas, temperature fluctuations will not have much effect.
You don’t have to think too much about lighting your tarantula. It only requires light during the day, and you can use standard fluorescent bulbs that are inexpensive and use very little power. Keep it on during the day and off at night.
The Brazilian black tarantula is a burrowing spider, so you will need sufficient substrate to dig it up. This means about 4-5 inches of substrate. Good choices include coconut husk or dry potting soil.
In addition to digging, your tarantula will also need a place to hide under something sturdy, such as a piece of wood or rock.
This tarantula does not pay much attention to the humidity of its cage. Any humidity level in your home will be fine.
Your tarantula will need constant access to water. However, the plate should be small and shallow so as not to pose a possible drowning hazard.
Are Brazilian Black Tarantulas Friendly to Other Pets?
A tarantula of any kind is a poor choice for communal housing and the Brazilian black tarantula is no exception. These spiders are actually cannibals, so if you try to put two in the same cage, you’ll end up with at least one of them dead and possibly eaten by another spider. Of course, it was highly likely that the two of them died from the wounds sustained during the battle.
There are only a few types of tarantulas that have been successfully housed together. Even among these “communal” tarantula species, it is more common for one member of the cage to die. The Brazilian black tarantula isn’t one of the most successful communally reared tarantula species, so apart from breeding, it’s not recommended that you try to keep the two together.
As far as other pets go, the tarantula is pretty much a solo creature. Your dog or cat will probably try to eat it, and if you have a rodent your tarantula might try to eat it! It is best to let your tarantula live its life in solitude and peace.
What’s Feeding Your Brazilian Black Tarantula?
Feeding your Brazilian black tarantula is quite easy. You can offer almost any type of insect and will be very happy to consume it. As a juvenile, your Brazilian black tarantula will eat one to two small insects daily, such as cockroach nymphs or pinhead crickets. As adults, your tarantula will only need to eat large insects once or twice a week. Cockroaches and large crickets make great feeder insects for adult Brazilian black tarantulas.
Keeping Your Brazilian Black Tarantula Healthy
Fortunately, Brazilian black tarantulas are hardy and hardy, so they are relatively easy to maintain. As long as you don’t make a big mistake like dropping your tarantula, the tarantula will stay healthy. Of course, if you drop your tarantula, you will cause severe damage and possible death, so be careful not to do so.
Brazilian black males can expect a maximum lifespan of 5, maybe 6 years. Women, on the other hand, can live for over 20 years and some even as long as three! Keep feeding your tarantula, don’t let it freeze or overheat, and make sure there’s always water, and you’ll have an eight-legged pet for some time to come…unless you have a male.
You need to be careful when trying to mate a Brazilian black tarantula. You can leave the male and female together for a short time while they are mating. However, there is always a risk that if you leave them overnight, your male will die in the morning.
If your tarantula mates successfully, your female will lay eggs a few weeks later. The Brazilian black tarantula’s egg sack holds about 650 slings or baby spiders.
Is the Brazilian Black Tarantula Right For You?
Tarantulas are pets that are only suitable for a small number of people. If you’re one of the few people who really want to keep a giant spider in their home, then the Brazilian black tarantula is almost certainly a great choice for you. These are some of the most beginner-friendly tarantulas, although they are also desired by experts because of their docile nature.
If you are looking for a tarantula that you can safely handle, the Brazilian black is one of your best bets. These spiders are known to be very tolerant of handling and show little or no aggression. You are unlikely to be bitten by a Brazilian black tarantula. And unlike many tarantulas, Brazilian blacks generally don’t have a bad temper.
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