Care and feeding
Crickets, and sometimes other insects, make up a diet a tarantula would be happy with, although you should be very careful to feed it with insects that are totally pesticide-free. You can dust the crickets with a special vitamin powder that some pet shops sell, and a weekly feeding is usually sufficient. For variety, meal worms, super worms and roaches can be fed occasionally. Who likes eating crickets every day, huh?
A very shallow container half-filled with water will provide drinking water and help keep the humidity up.
Be careful, as mentioned earlier, to handle your tarantula only very occasionally. If you drop this spider even from a very low height, it could hurt its delicate abdomen and even die. In fact, this is the reason why you should have a tank that is only as high as the spider's leg span.
Your spider will shed its skin through a process called 'moulting' about two or three times a year. During this time, it will eat less frequently, and you may even find it lying on its back, but don't be too worried. This is perfectly natural, and let Spidey do what he has to. You can learn more about moulting in the book you buy, or online on various websites dedicated to this beautiful spider.
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