4 great reasons to own a spider

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Many people are scared of spiders, but in most cases, there’s no need to be. Most types of spider aren’t harmful to humans, and in many cases, a spider bite would cause less discomfort than a wasp sting.

Not only is there little reason to fear them, but they also serve an important role in controlling the fly population. But should you go as far as keeping a spider as a pet? Here we look at some of the top reasons to keep a pet spider.

1. A lot safer than you think

There seems to be an in-built fear with spiders that there could be serious issues if they bite, but that is extremely rare. Take the humble tarantula, for example, a lot of people would be scared to hold them, but many species of tarantula never bite at all, and it wouldn’t be dangerous even if they did.

Many spider species are quite placid and laid back, easy to hold and pose no health risk at all.

2. A cool pet to have

Having an exotic pet is a great conversation starter and will get people interested in you as a person. Not only will they be fascinated, but it’s also enlightening to educate them on why you have a spider. You’ll get a buzz from seeing someone change from being scared of the creature, to be comfortable with it.

3. A long life

You might think that a spider wouldn’t have a long life, but there are many species that can live a lot longer than even a cat or dog. A tarantula can live up to 25 years, so you won’t have the same level of recurrent grief that you can get with other pets. You’ll have to get a female, however, as male spiders pass away a lot sooner than their female counterparts.

4. Easy to care for

Spiders need a very simple environment, with a ready supply of fresh water, and there’s not a lot more to it than that.

A lot of spiders eat rarely, so feeding them every day isn’t an issue for most of the species. The only downside is that you might have to get them live insects to feed on.

Owning a spider can be a rewarding and fascinating experience. They aren’t as dangerous as most people think and you can have a long-term eight-legged friend for many years.

Find out more about keeping pet spiders…

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