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The Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula is the most common pet tarantula, there are nearly 900 different species. Before you’re able to create your spider’s unique home, you need to know what will best suit your species of tarantula. On this page, we’re going to explore the differences between arboreal and terrestrial tarantulas and their various requirements. And if you’re a first-time tarantula owner, you’ll learn about some of the best ones to start with.


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The easiest way to tell the difference between arboreal and terrestrial tarantulas is to observe their natural habitat. Tarantulas that live on the ground are called “terrestrial” for this reason. There is some variety in the way these spiders live. In fact, some tarantulas burrow underground, while others live on the surface. To find shelter, the tarantulas that live on the surface usually hide under leaves or bark. Arboreal tarantulas, on the other hand, live in elevated structures like trees. When it comes to creating an environment suited to your pet, you can already see that to make terrestrial tarantulas comfortable, you’ll need to supply plenty of burrow-able substrate, leaves, bark, and other naturalistic hiding places, such as crafted rock art for pets. On the other hand, arboreal tarantulas are going to feel best with access to climbing branches and rock perches.

When it comes to appearance, there’s not much difference between the two, but arboreal tarantulas typically have a lighter structure. It makes sense that these natural-born climbers have thinner bodies and longer legs than their terrestrial counterparts. Both have species within their group that stay small and others that grow somewhat large. For further specifications on size, you’ll need to do your research on the species you choose. Just keep in mind that you’ll have to accommodate your tarantula's growth potential with an adequate-sized enclosure. Regardless of these differences, all tarantulas need a water source. To protect your tarantula from drowning, you’ll need a specific water dish with a little sponge that allows it to suck the water up through its fangs without falling in. This is very important as they can dehydrate quickly.

For beginning tarantula owners, terrestrial tarantulas are usually the way to go. They tend to be less aggressive, and although most tarantulas are happier being left alone, they are more comfortable being handled. Arboreal tarantulas are more likely to bite when handled, so they’re most often recommended for experienced keepers. If you do decide you want an arboreal species, the Guyana Pinktoe Tarantula is an excellent choice. This variety usually stays small, which is helpful for beginners. But be warned that Guyana Pinktoe Tarantulas can be more aggressive than others, so it’s safest to let them have their space. If you’re looking for a more docile breed, the Mexican Red-knee Tarantula might be right for you. This breed fits comfortably in a 5–10-gallon tank and is easy to handle, making it enjoyable for beginners. Always remember to do further research into your species of interest before committing to bringing it home.