Caring For Your Arachnid

Jumping spider looking into camera

Believe it or not, arachnids are very popular pets. In recent years, they've become easier to obtain, with many experts recommending them as first pets for kids! This is likely because arachnids are generally easy to care for, don't require a ton of your attention, and are very interesting to watch.

If you're bringing a new eight-legged friend home, you'll want to know how to care for them properly. Knowing what your arachnid needs to thrive will save you time and worry and ensure they're comfortable in their new home. 

Arachnid care includes three main categories: enclosure, food/water, and environment. Let's look at these three areas and how you can make a comfortable habitat and life for your new, strange pet.

A Comfy Home

Tarantula in their enclosure

Your arachnid's enclosure will be their home, so it's essential to make it a comfortable place for them. The basic elements of a good habitat include the enclosure itself, the substrate (or underlying layer), and hiding/climbing sources.  


Ensure that your arachnid's enclosure is large enough for it to move around freely and that it's able to be closed securely. A simple Critter Keeper enclosure can make a great home for an arachnid, or you can opt for a glass enclosure. All glass enclosures are sold in-store only. 


This substance will line the floor of your arachnid's enclosure and should be as close to their natural habitat as possible. Potting soil, sand, and coconut husk are all great options for substrate, depending on your species of choice. Or offer Zoo Med's Creature Soil, made specifically for soil insects and arthropods.  

Hiding/Climbing Sources  

Pet scorpion within enclosure

Your arachnid must have a place to hide and climb, so do your best to provide options for this. You can get creative here; there are so many possibilities from which to choose!

Temperature, Humidity, and Lighting

Some arachnid species prefer natural lighting and are happy with the temperature and humidity levels in your home for the most part. However, there are species that require special temperatures and humidity levels, so be sure to inquire about these before bringing your new friend home. See our various arachnid product recommendations here. Shop thermometers or lighting options here. 

An Appetizing Menu

Most arachnids eat live insects, with crickets being a universal favorite of many species. These are easy to find at most pet stores and are healthier for your arachnid than those caught in the wild. 

This is because pet store crickets are gut-loaded, meaning they've been fed nutrient-boosting food that's beneficial for your arachnid's health. A small water dish with clean, fresh water (changed regularly) is also important for your arachnid's wellbeing.

Pet tarantula

Safe, Stress-Free Environment

While your arachnid's enclosure is its immediate environment, it's also important to think about the space that surrounds its enclosure. Arachnids are solitary creatures, and excessive noise or activity can cause them unnecessary stress. 

An easy way to avoid this is to place their enclosure in a quiet area — like a bedroom or office — that's less-traveled than the main living space in your home.

Caring for your Creepy Pet

Arachnids make terrific pets and are easier to care for than you might think. Providing them a comfortable enclosure, quality food, fresh water, and a stress-free environment will ensure they live happy, healthy lives while in your care. For questions about caring for your arachnid, contact us today!

Shop our arachnid product collection here or check out Zoo Med's "Creatures" line here.