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Scorpions & Tarantulas

Experience Level: Advanced

Scorpion and Tarantula in terrarium

Nutrition and Maintenance

Dietary Requirements
• Scorpions and Tarantulas are insectivores, meaning their diet consists primarily of insects.

• They benefit from a variety in their diet so it is important to alternate the insects being fed.

• They require calcium supplementation as part of their diet.

• These pets are slow eaters and are best fed at night.

Dietary Options


Examples Feeding Frequency
Insects*

Crickets**,

mealworms,

occasional waxworms

Offer daily to every other day

 

Offer only enough to be

consumed by the end of

the night.

*Insects should be dusted with calcium supplement twice weekly, and a multivitamin once a week.

**Crickets should be fed a gut-loaded diet (commercially available nutrient-dense diet) prior to being fed to the reptile to ensure they have the proper nutrients for a healthy reptile diet.

Water
• Shallow water bowls should be provided in the habitat at all times. A natural sea sponge in the middle of the dish provides something for spiders to gather water from.

• Water bowls should be emptied and refilled daily.

• Use a spray bottle to maintain humidity levels within the habitat.

• All water should be dechlorinated prior to being placed in the habitat.

Other Reminders
Use caution when handling pets and remember that all pets may bite or scratch especially when stressed. Scorpions and Tarantulas can inflict venom, although normally mild. Avoid handling or dropping these pets as they have very sensitive and fragile bodies. Supervise children around pets.

Pets may transmit disease to humans; be sure to wash your hands before and after handling your pet or cleaning his home.