It is very important to keep your tarantulas warm in winter. Especially those tiny slings you just bought from the expo!
Most tarantulas come from tropical or sub-tropical areas, so unless you live in such a place, you’ll need to supply additional heating (unless your house is heated at a constant +25℃). The most practical kind of heating for our purposes is the “heat-pad.” This is a thin silver heating element which you put on the side of your tarantula tank (never underneath). This gives the spider the opportunity to regulate its own temperature by moving to the hot or cool side. Thermostats are available to regulate the heat, but they are not essential. Many people leave heat-mats on all day or have them on plug-in-timers to come on at half-hour intervals. Remember that household summer temperatures are sufficient for most tarantulas (so you can turn heat-mats off during the summer months).
An ideal temperature to keep tarantulas at is between 22-30℃. Below this temperature they become sluggish and may stop feeding. It’s best to avoid temperatures over 30℃. When using your new heat pad make sure your spider has water, as the peat can dry out very fast leafing your spider dehydrated and it can die.
Remember, tarantulas have Photophobia (hypersensitive to light), so don’t be tempted to use a light bulb to heat the tank. Avoid placing your tarantula tank near a window, the sun’s rays can rapidly turn your tank into an oven, killing the spider in the process.
Adapted from Richard C. Gallon
Here are the heat pads available on our site:
Large – R90 Click here
- Heat pad – 350x350mm
Medium: R80 Click here
- Heat pad – 200x350mm
Small: R65 Click here
- Heat pad – 150x200mm
For yourself you’ll need a pair of FBT Slippers Click here