Posted Dec 02, 2014
I recieved my Zebra Tarantula from a friend. He gave me the spider and all the materials (terrarium, substraight, dishes, plants etc) so my start up was very easy. The spider was already 3 years old once I received him. The transition was a rough one for the spider at first, he was not very active and did not want to eat for the first couple of weeks. Once he settled in he was a lot more active making webs and actively hunting his cricket feed.
Care of the spider was very easy, he needed to be kept moist, have a water dish and be fed every few weeks, less if I fed him a pinky. It was easy to travel because care was so infrequent.
I would handle my spider quite often. I would caution against letting anyone who is unsure or scared of it touching it, if they startle they could cause harm to the spider by dropping it. This spider is very hard to catch if it is scared and on the loose because it is very fast.
My spider died during a moult. Spiders are very sensitive during moults all excess crickets need to be removed from the terrarium at this time. I did not capture all of the hiding crickets causing an unsafe moult ending in my spiders accidental death.