Providing proper care for Phlogius Rubiseta, or any tarantula species, is essential for their health and well-being. Here's a basic care sheet for Phlogius Rubiseta:
- Use a secure and escape-proof enclosure. A glass or plastic terrarium with a well-fitting lid works well. Ensure proper ventilation to prevent mold and moisture buildup.
- For a single adult Phlogius Rubiseta, a 10-gallon tank is usually sufficient.
- Use a substrate that retains moisture but also allows for drainage. Coconut fiber (coir), vermiculite, or a mix of both can work well.
- The substrate should be kept slightly moist but not waterlogged.
3. Temperature and Humidity:
- Maintain a temperature range of 24°C to 29°C.
- Keep humidity levels between 65% to 75%. Use a hygrometer to monitor humidity.
- A shallow water dish can be provided for drinking and maintaining humidity.
- Phlogius Rubiseta are carnivorous and primarily eat insects. Offer appropriately sized live prey, such as crickets, roaches, or mealworms.
- Feed adult tarantulas every 1-2 weeks, while younger ones may eat more frequently.
- Avoid unnecessary handling as it can be stressful for the tarantula and may lead to defensive behavior.
- If handling is necessary (for cleaning, rehousing, etc.), use gentle techniques and always wash your hands before and after handling.
- Provide hiding spots like cork bark or half-buried flowerpots, giving the tarantula a sense of security.
- Tarantulas also use silk to create webbing. Offer some silk threads or artificial silk material to encourage natural behaviors.
7. Health and Observations:
- Regularly observe your tarantula for any signs of illness or abnormal behavior.
- Molting is a natural process for tarantulas. Provide a suitable hide for the molting period, as they become vulnerable during this time.
8. Sexing and Breeding:
- Determining the sex of a tarantula can be challenging, and it typically requires an experienced eye or professional help.
- Breeding should only be attempted by experienced keepers, as it involves specific conditions and precautions.
- Although Phlogius stent is not considered dangerous to humans, it's essential to handle them with care and avoid provoking defensive behavior.
- Always wash your hands after handling any pet, including tarantulas.