In recent years, communal tarantulas have become increasingly popular among exotic pet enthusiasts. These tarantulas, as their name suggests, are social creatures that can live in groups. In this article, we will explore the fascinating world of communal tarantulas and provide you with everything you need to know as a beginner.
What are communal tarantulas?
Communal tarantulas are species of tarantulas that are known to live together in groups. They do not show aggressive behaviour towards each other and can coexist peacefully. In the wild, communal tarantulas are commonly found in burrows that they share with other tarantulas.
Which species of tarantulas are communal?
Not all species of tarantulas are communal. Some species, such as the Goliath bird-eater, are solitary and do not prefer to live in groups. The following are some of the most popular communal tarantula species:
- Mexican Red Knee Tarantula (Brachypelma smithi)
- Brazilian Black Tarantula (Grammostola pulchra)
- Costa Rican Zebra Tarantula (Aphonopelma seemanni)
- Mexican Pink Tarantula (Brachypelma klaasi)
- Socotra Island Blue Baboon Tarantula (Monocentropus balfouri)
How to house communal tarantulas?
Housing communal tarantulas is relatively easy. They can be kept in a simple terrarium with an opaque container filled with substrate that is deep enough for burrowing. Provide hiding places, such as a hollow log or a PVC pipe, and a water bowl. Make sure to maintain a temperature of about 75-80 F and a humidity level of around 70%.
It is important to note that each tarantula should have enough space to itself, and you should not overcrowd the terrarium. As a general rule, one tarantula per every 3-5 gallons of terrarium space is recommended. Provide sufficient food, such as live crickets, mealworms, or roaches.
Benefits of communal living for tarantulas
Studies have shown that communal living can provide several benefits for tarantulas, such as increased protection against predators and easier access to prey. It also helps to reduce stress, which can be beneficial for their overall health.
Communal tarantulas are fascinating creatures that can be kept as pets. They require minimal care and can be housed in simple terrariums. If you are interested in keeping communal tarantulas as pets, make sure to research the specific species and their requirements beforehand. With proper care and attention, communal tarantulas can make a great addition to any exotic pet collection.