Despite how Hollywood painted a grim picture about spiders, some spider species actually make good pets. They’re not only entertaining, they provide insights to the world of wildlife to your kids too. And they’re easy to care for compared to larger pets! Following are some popular species of spiders to check if you’re planning to get one as pet.
Recommended Pet Spiders
Some of you might find it surprising, but there are species of spiders that can be recommended as pets*. Among these species are the following:
Despite a tarantula’s formidable size and look, you can keep most species as pets. There are over 900 tarantula species in the wild, but very few of them pack a deadly bite. Some tarantula species are even docile enough to be held for longer periods of time.
2. Wolf Spiders
Wolf spiders are as big as some tarantula species reaching to three inches in maximum leg span. However, they’re more challenging to keep than tarantulas because their bite turn ugly. The tissue near the bite area can die to form dark, necrotic patches that can scar. So if you want a bit of challenge without killing yourself, raising wolf spiders is for you.
3. Jumping Spiders
Although small, jumping spiders are very fun to have as pet. They’re very agile and highly skilled in long and high jump routines. Watch them as they stalk their pray and leap over towards it for the kill. Just make sure they wouldn’t escape from their tank though; because then, you could only hope you can catch them back.
4. Fishing Spiders
If you want spiders you can keep together with your fish, then fishing spiders is perfect! Fishing spiders hunt their small insect prey on, under, and even below the water – they’re really unique in their fishing abilities. Just don’t keep them together with tiny fish as the spiders can eat them; the same token as don’t keep them together with large-insect-eating fish as the spiders could become a quick snack.
Spiders to Avoid
If there are spider species you can keep, there are also those you should avoid at all cost.
1. Black Widow Spiders
Some very daring (bordering stupid, forgive the word choice) animal lovers keep black widows as pets only to regret the decision sooner or later. Although few people die from black widow bite, it’s a very excruciating ordeal nonetheless. You’d wish you were dead! Do yourself and your family a favor – don’t raise black widow spiders as pet.
2. Huntsman Spiders
Although not deadly, but huntsman spiders are not recommended for novice. They’re fast runners and quick marksmen – there’s no way to hold them without risking an escape. Only very experienced spiders pet owners can take care of a huntsman; it’s best to leave the spiders to their care.
3. Brown Recluse Spiders
Another spider species that some people mistakenly thought of as easy spider species to keep are brown recluse spiders. They’re wrong! Brown recluse spiders are quick, and they carry a nasty bite, too. The bite can turn ugly, which only a trip to the E.R. can provide relief. You’ll recover from the experience, but the bite mark should remind you of one wrong pet choice you’ve made.
These are the top species of spiders to keep and species to avoid, which should be adhered to when deciding which spider species is suitable for you. However, before you bring home any types of spiders, make sure to phone your local animal rescue center to ask if you’re permitted to keep the species in your home. Some districts regulate the raising of potentially lethal pets such as spiders.
* Caution: if you’re allergic to bee venom or ant bite, any species of spiders is NOT recommended for you as pet.