Pet spider risks are an important consideration before you decide to keep a spider as a pet. Whilst many breeds a non-aggressive and can even be handled, certainly there are breeds are very aggressive and extremely venomous. Being aware of the risks you face when keeping spiders as pets is important that you can avoid them. Keep the following points in mind:-
- Though your pet spider may well be described as not dangerous to humans and non-aggressive this does not mean necessarily that your spider likes to be handled all that it will not bite you. A non dangerous spider bite can still be extremely painful so if you do choose to handle your spider do it with a great deal of care. Personally I believe that if you want an affectionate pat to cuddle – get a puppy.
- Some spiders are only meant to be kept by professionals. These include the mouse spider and the Sydney funnel web spider. The spiders are extremely aggressive and extremely venomous. There is no room for error in keeping these spiders so just don’t. Be aware that the Sydney funnel web spider is not the only deadly member of the Australian funnel web spider family. If you find a spider that appears to be a funnel web anywhere in Australia understand it could well be a deadly variety. The Sydney funnel web spider is the most known of the Australian deadly funnel web spiders because of habitat is the highly populated area of Sydney and they are highly mobile wandering spiders. Other similarly deadly varieties live in more remote areas and tend not to roam around finding their way into shoes and the like.
- Invariably your spiders enclosure is go to require cleaning. What goes in must come out and yes spiders do poo. Uneaten spiders food will rot. When cleaning out your spider’s enclosure it is most important to neither hurt your spider, to allow to escape or to allow to bite you. Ensure that you take great care in moving it to a backup enclosure that his property secured or you clean the main enclosure. How you manage this will greatly depend on the spider type in many cases a small net used for catching aquarium fishes will be ideal.
- There are some breeds of spider the can cause irritation to the skin from their urticating hair. The hair on their bodies itself is able to cause irritation and swelling. This feature is usually only seen in the larger tarantula breeds. This fair is used as a defence mechanism they are able to click this fair and potential threats when they are startled. So if you’re holding your large tarantula and startle it? Beware the urticating hair.
- The web weaving spiders generally once they have made their web and bonded with their spot they do not leave to find another one unless it is especially undesirable climate wise for them. To hot, to cold or in some other way unsuitable. Males are more likely to be more mobile as they go out seeking a mate however it is unlikely that you have a mail spider as a pet is in most cases the male of the spider species is small and unimpressive. With roaming spiders and jumping spiders this inertia behaviour goes right out the window with the spiders being highly mobile. They will cover a great deal of territory searching for their prey. If there is an opening in your spider enclosure you can expect these types of spider to find it. It is one thing to be of the belief that your large tarantula is harmless. It is another thing altogether to not be startled if you wake up with her sitting in your face, and having made an escape from her enclosure due to an enclosed lid from the previous night feeding. Glass walls of a fish tank may be on scalable to some spider types others will run straight at them.
- Whilst you might be able to encourage your cat and dog to make peace, in some cases even your bird in your cat, it’s really going to work out if you try and encourage harmony between your spider and other pets. Spiders are not sociable and should be left to entertain themselves.
- Whilst it is tempting to put many spiders in one enclosure understand that most spiders will eat anything that disturbs their web this more than them. Many breeds of spiders and specialists in hunting other spiders. These include (surprisingly) the daddy longlegs which uses its long legs to wrap up other spiders in their webs, and the white tailed spider which is a ferocious small spider Hunter. I would not be keeping a white tailed spider in any case is in some people their bite can cause a necrotic ulcer. The long and short of it is if you put many spiders into an enclosure you will soon end up with many fewer spiders.
- Younger children who see an older child keeping a spider as a pet are at risk from the natural curiosity and desire to imitate the older child. An older child that has managed to successfully handle the spider may have their actions unsuccessfully copied by the small child resulting in the job being bitten and all the spider being killed. Be sure to keep spiders or out of reach of small children’s hands. Warning that is not enough as temptations when no one is looking are often too much.
To get these things in mind and will minimise the risk to both yourself, the other members of your house and your spider