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How do you care for a curly hair tarantula?

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The curly haired tarantula requires an adequate cage with bedding, food and water to survive. The tarantula's cage should be prepared with a thick layer of moss or another appropriate substrate.

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A standard 18 by 10 inch fish aquarium with a tight-fitting lid is a suitable choice for a curly haired tarantula. Prepare the tarantula's cage with about 4 inches of mixed sphagnum peat, vermiculite and sphagnum moss. The tarantula cage should be free of sand or other materials to maintain the health of the spider. The curly haired tarantula prefers temperatures of around 73 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit and a humidity level that ranges from 60 to 80 percent. Adequate ventilation should be provided when humidity levels are high.

Curly haired tarantulas eat live insects, such as crickets, three times per week. Some tarantulas may require several insects at each feeding, but they should be fed one insect at a time. Small tarantulas can drink water directly from moist substrate, while larger, adult curly haired tarantulas can be offered water in a shallow dish.

The water dish should be similar to a saucer to ensure the dish doesn't tip when the tarantula drinks. Offer the spider fresh water daily. Remove debris, such as insect carcasses, as needed, and clean the spider's cage every three months unless cleaning is absolutely necessary at an earlier interval. Cleaning the cage too often disturbs the spider and may cause difficulties.

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