Many people are scared of spiders, but not many are scared of them for any good reason. Many aren’t harmful and even most of the ones that bite would cause much less discomfort than a wasp bite would.
Not only is there little reason to fear them, they serve an important role in controlling the fly population. Here we look at some of the top reasons to have one as a pet.
1. A lot safer than you think
There seems to be an inbuilt fear with spiders that there could be serious issues if they bite, but that is extremely rare. Take the humble tarantula for example, many would be petrified to hold them but many species of tarantula never bite at all, and it wouldn’t be dangerous 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 a niche 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 being 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 counterparts.
4. Easy to care for
All spiders need is a simple environment and a ready supply of fresh water, and there’s not a lot more to it than that. A lot of spiders eat very 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.