As pets, tarantulas are definitely not for everyone. But if people will really examine their fear of tarantulas, they would realize that the fear is actually based on myths that are perpetuated by mass media. Once you get to know tarantulas better, you will come to the understanding that they are not the monsters that are portrayed to be. Below are some of the common misconceptions about pet tarantulas.
Tarantulas are hard to keep
Some people refuse to keep tarantulas as pets because they think that these creatures are hard to keep. The truth is, tarantulas are fairly low maintenance compared to other animals. For one, tarantulas do not need training and even interaction with other animals in order to thrive. In fact, many tarantula experts believe that it is best for tarantulas to be left unhandled. Tarantulas are actually the ideal pets for people who like clean and quiet animals who do not take up a lot of space and do not require a lot of care and maintenance.
Tarantulas are deadly
There is one important fact that you need to know about tarantulas and that is no one has ever died from a tarantula bite. Tarantulas do have a fearsome reputation. But this fearsome image is brought about by how they are depicted in some movies and television shows. While it is true that tarantulas are known to bite, they only do so when they think they are being threatened. Tarantula venom is just as strong as that of a bee or wasp. A tarantula bite will usually cause no more than in inflammation and localized pain. However, there are some people who are known to be allergic to tarantula venom. So if you get bitten by a tarantula, it would be best to see a doctor immediately.
Tarantulas are high jumpers
Many people believe that tarantulas can jump high in the air and that they do so when they attack humans and other animals. Some people even believe that they can jump up to 10 feet in the air. This is simply not true. Sure, tarantulas can jump. But the farthest distance that they can go is from your hand to your chest. It is simply not possible for them to launch into great heights and then land safely. A drop of a considerable height could easily kill tarantulas. So unless they want to commit suicide, tarantulas will never jump at you to attack you.
Water bowls are a danger to tarantulas
While there have been reports of tarantulas drowning in their own water bowls, these incidences are very few. Tarantulas are strong and resilient animals. If they even find themselves inside a water bowl, for sure they will be able to crawl out. You need to keep in mind that these creatures have been around for millions of years. And many species have been known to thrive in areas where there huge amounts of rainfall or water. Surely, they can handle a water bowl. But if you really want to be cautious, then use a small bowl or dish to serve water to your pet.