You will have to provide the best tarantula enclosure as soon as you bring it home. Luckily, one of the biggest attractive aspects to tarantula keeping is that of their relatively simple housing requirements.
In the last couple of weeks, I have spent some of my time for research and fact-finding some twenty different tarantula enclosures before I decide what is the best one for my tarantula. The health and happiness of your tarantula is entirely reliant on your choice. Here are some criteria, which will make an ideal enclosure for tarantula.
#1 horizontal or vertical enclosure
The shape of the enclosure is a crucial consideration. It will vary depending on whether you have an arboreal or burrowing or terrestrial species. That means the best shape of enclosures for a pet tarantula will depend on the species.
Arboreal tarantulas enjoy climbing. While buying enclosure for them, you will need to get vertical-shaped terrarium that has height over width. In contrast, terrestrial or burrowing species enjoy staying on the ground. Due to that, you should provide a horizontal-shaped enclosure for them, which is wide instead of tall.
As a basic guide, the enclosure for burrowing or terrestrial species should has the length dimension is three times the leg span, and the width of the enclosure should be double the leg span.
Either way, the ideal terrarium for tarantula should be made of glass, generally easy to clean and maintain.
#2 Added features
When it comes to tarantula, some of them climb, and some burrow. Therefore, it is important to provide them with added features if you want to keep them alive and happy. Arboreal tarantulas enjoy climbing, their terrarium should have assed features that allow them to climb on. They also make webs so some branches and twigs are placed in the tank will be a good idea.
If you hosing burrowing or terrestrial tarantulas, give them the substrate that allow them to dig inside. The substrate also should be at least four inches deep to facilitate burrowing.
Also keep in mind, most will require at the very least a small shelter that it can fit in comfortably to hide and rest inside.
Safety is the most important factor, especially if you own an arboreal tarantula. This is because they are tent to escape from their enclosure. They will jump out and leave the safety house if you do not keep an eye on them.
This is why the ideal enclosure that designed for arboreal tarantula must necessarily have a lid or cover. However, ensure that the cover has appropriate ventilation.