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How to Pet a Tarantula: Brachypelma Vagans Tarantula


This photo is taken when my Brachypelma Vagans Tarantula is still a baby. You can say it is pretty small. I think, I have taken this photo when my spider is a one and a half week old or less.

According to Ausserer, these spiders are frequently found in Belize, El Salvador and Guatemala where it would dig deep burrows. This type of spiders are able to dig to provide home/house for themselves. They are obligate burrows and will dig deep burrows when kept in the right conditions. They have practiced this, and thanks to evolution, so that they can be protected from animal-spider hunters and to give them one-shot hunt to all insects and/or animals that may pass their burrows or house.

Vagans are good-looking spiders just like Nhandu Chromatus Tarantula. They came from the family Brachypelma with distinctive jet black legs and abdomen. Their abdomens contain red hairs that is able to be seen by the naked eye. That is why it is also called Red-Rump or anything associated with the color red. The carapace is edged with cream or any of that color and has thin radiating lines of cream colouring. 

In terms of petting, these tarantulas should not be hand held as they are tend to be aggressive and skittish. They can harm any one who handled them. They are characterized by or tending toward unprovoked offensives and/or attacks. I am also warning you that they move fast. They do run quick.

They can be held captive as pets and the advisable space for them is 12x12x12 inches tanks/aquariums. Put enough soil so that they can burrow deep enough to provide them feeling of safety. The humidity level for this species are above 70%. It is a good feeling that they are kept warm. Substrate for the cage should be of peat or vermiculite mix. At least  3 (preferably 4 to 6) inches deep soil is a vital ingredients of making homes for these tarantulas. These spiders will dig deep burrows if the substrate is suitable. It is essential that an open water dish is provided. You are warned about humidity and it must not fall below 60 percent!

This is a terrestrial scrubland species. They tend to burrow deep enough. It's venom effect is not yet known, but they are expected to be in low toxicity and is not harmful enough to kill a human being.

You may put a shelter or flowerpot or cork Bark. You may put rocks or displays/decorations that would not harm the tarantulas. 

The females can last up to 15 years, and the male specie may mature between 1 and 2 years of age.