Other common names: Oklahoma Brown Tarantula; Missouri Tarantula
Scientific name: Aphonopelma hentzi
The Texas Brown Tarantula is a ground dwelling species which is native to Texas, Oklahoma and other adjoining areas in the United States and Mexico. It prefers grasslands and semi-open areas, where it burrows under logs and stones.
Appearance / health:
Texas Brown Tarantulas are different shades of brown, with the cephalothorax being a light brown or tan color, and the abdomen, legs and other appendages tending to be dark brown or black. Females are generally stockier than mature males, and females are also slightly lighter in color. Texas Browns can grow in excess of a six inch leg span, and weigh more than 3 ounces as adults.
Behavior / temperament:
The Texas Brown Tarantula is known to be pretty docile and laid-back towards humans. Once settled into their new environment, handling can be done as often as needed. Like all tarantulas and spiders, this tarantula may bite and produce venom. A person will allergies or in bad health may have minor effects to this. Always use caution while around tarantulas of any species.
A single adult will live fine in a 10 gallon tank. Spiderlings and juveniles tarantulas may be kept in small plastic deli cups with adequate ventilation. Other adult enclosures commonly used are critter keepers, Tupperware containers, and plastic shoe boxes.
Temperatures should be around 68-86F with low humidity levels. Provide water using a shallow water dish. Substrate is best as coco fiber, vermiculite, potting soil, peat moss, or a combination of either. Tank décor to be added should be items that will allow the tarantula to hide. These include premade hides, bark, rocks, driftwood, cork bark, and any items commonly found in pet stores.
Like all tarantulas, the Texas Brown Tarantula needs a diet of soft bodied insects. These include crickets, cockroaches, flies, and other invertebrates such as meal worms, super worms, etc. Large adult specimens can also be offered the occasional pinkie mouse.
Female tarantulas can lay up to 1,000 eggs. The eggs are positioned securely in a web, which remains in the tarantula burrow, and guarded by the female. Eggs hatch in 45 to 60 days. Once spiderlings leave the egg sac, its not unusual to stay with the females for up to a week or possibly longer before dispersing to make their own burrows.
beginners, Great spider
escape artists, occasional falls
large fat abdomens
The Texas Brown is a T I'd say is great for beginners. They're easy to handle and pretty docile, and keep their health about them pretty well. Also quick growers. I personally like their appearance, because theyre so...well, fat. I find it cute. Its always a rich shade of brown and gets pretty large also, so I'm partial to it. I've found them in a lot of the southern states here in America, and even in the wild they're pretty docile. You could handle one you found outside randomly quite easily. They don't tend to be shy or run off if approached. .
From arachnamancer Mar 3 2017 3:56AM
Fantastic alternative to dogs, cats and fish!
Tarantulas are very special animals. I say this because I am borderline arachnophobic and my experiences with tarantulas have been nothing but awesome. They are nearly ideal pets for responsible, mature children: they are easy to care for, safe, hygenic, and are striking to look at. They tolerate a lot of handling and, although their activity level can vary widely, they aren’t aggressive. As a child I became interested in overcoming my fear of spiders after reading The Lord of the Rings and soon acquired my first tarantula from a friend. Growing up on a farm, my daily routine included feeding and watering a few hundred different animals of a half dozen species. My clearest memory of my first tarantula was how little care and attention she required compared to every other pet I had ever had. Even goldfish are more difficult to care for.
That isn’t to say that tarantulas are perfect for everyone. Assuming general aversion to arachnids isn’t an issue, tarantulas can be harmful if mishandled or uncared for. Since they require so little care, it can be easy for children (especially forgetful ones) to go too long without caring for them. Many children can also think a tarantula is a great pet initially and become frightened of them over time. This is the exact situation that lead to me acquiring my pet tarantula from a friend. Another downside to owning a tarantula is that they aren’t expressive like dogs and cats are. This can make it difficult for some people to bond with a pet tarantula. Overall, however, I think a tarantula is a fantastic pet..
From WCrussell Feb 24 2015 4:40PM