Spider care

Before buying a spider, ensure that you have done your research and can be confident that you can raise a happy, healthy spider. 

The most common pet spider is the tarantula, and they can live from between 10 to 15 years or more, which is a big commitment! They are relatively easy to look after, don't require much space, and can be a unique and fascinating pet to have. Read through our tips and advice first, and then think about whether you'll still be as committed to spider ownership as you initially thought.  



  • How many years do pet tarantulas live for?
  • Do tarantulas need specialist living conditions?

  • What size and type of spider tank do I need?
  • What should I put inside the tank?

  • Which breed of spider would suit me best?
  • How big do pet tarantulas grow?

  • Will my tarantula need to eat live prey?
  • How often should I feed my spider?

  • The spider moulting process explained.
  • Can I handle my pet tarantula safely?

  • Spotting signs of illnesses in spiders.
  • Is it normal for my spider to lie on his back?

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