How to Keep Spiders as Pets

1. Purchase a spider

You can purchase many types of spiders at pet stores. Tarantulas are a very popular option.

2. Prepare a cage

Large spiders do well in the inexpensive plastic terrariums available from pet stores. Smaller ones can be kept in jars or plastic containers if air holes are drilled into the lid or sides. 

2. Prepare a cage

Potting soil makes good cover for the cage bottom. Sticks, dead leaves or artificial plants provide structure for hiding, climbing and webbing.

3. Feeding

Offer insect prey once or twice a week. Crickets are available from pet shops, or you can collect insects outdoors if no insecticides have been sprayed in the area.

4. Water

Depending on the size of the spider, anything from a plastic bottle cap to a small bowl can serve as a water dish. Spiders also drink water sprayed on webbing, but you should never allow the cage to become damp.

5. Observing

Spiders are really interesting creatures. You can keep an eye on your spider so that you can get to know it better. Keep track of what it most likes to eat, when he likes to sleep, and when he is active.