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Curly haired Tarantula heating advice...

benson1990

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Hey so Im a new T owner, I have a juvenile female curly haired.

What are peoples opinions on raising temps if required, also at what stage should I be considering adding heat? how low is too low for the species?

I have a snakes in the same room the T is kept in, it's vivarium is heated with a ceramic heat emitter and I was wondering could I put the T's enclosure on top of my snakes vivarium to get the heat off the ceramic?

A space heater isn't an option for this room as it will throw my snakes temps out of wack.

Any thoughts or opinions welcome
 

Rs50matt

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Just the heat from your snakes will be plenty for your T. Additional heat isn't really required. Online care sheets like to give a temperacture range but where a lot of Ts are from nightime temperacture a can drop to near freezing and they do fine.
 

Rs50matt

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I worded that wrong, my apologies. What I meant to say was no heat is needed but having snakes with a heat source is more than enough if you feel it's too cold.
 

Gizalba

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I am interested in this question too. I have read in lots of places that 'room temperature' of around 21 degrees Celsius is fine, and that a slightly lower temperature is preferable to an artificial heat source. However the room my tarantulas are in drops to around 15 degrees regularly in winter (this will be my first winter with tarantulas), and I suspect that that is lower than 'slightly lower' lol. So I have got an oil filled radiator about half a metre away from them, so that hopefully they will benefit from the raise to room temperature without the heat being directly near them.

I am not sure if I am doing right though! I also have slings and soon want to purchase an avicularia. I have heard that slings and avicularia are more susceptible to the cold? So this is another reason why I thought the heater was for the best in winter. However I do tend to lower it/turn it off at night.
 

Rs50matt

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I am also in the Uk and at no point have I needed a heat mat. Even during a cold winter they are not needed. My advice if your planning on getting an Avic is plenty of ventilation in the sides (make sure holes are small enough to prevent escape ) and DO NOT SPRAY THEM. A water dish is fine. You will see some threads where people suggest spraying but that’s usually USA where the climate is different. Here in the UK we don’t need to spray at all.

in addition again to benson I missed it first (and second time apparently) but don’t place your T enclosure ontop of your snakes. The heat from the snake enclosure will heat the Ts and if it gets too hot your spiders instinct is to dig, placing it close to the heat source and a potential problem.
 

Gizalba

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I am also in the Uk and at no point have I needed a heat mat. Even during a cold winter they are not needed. My advice if your planning on getting an Avic is plenty of ventilation in the sides (make sure holes are small enough to prevent escape ) and DO NOT SPRAY THEM. A water dish is fine. You will see some threads where people suggest spraying but that’s usually USA where the climate is different. Here in the UK we don’t need to spray at all.

in addition again to benson I missed it first (and second time apparently) but don’t place your T enclosure ontop of your snakes. The heat from the snake enclosure will heat the Ts and if it gets too hot your spiders instinct is to dig, placing it close to the heat source and a potential problem.
Thanks very much for the advice! I did also wonder about the spraying as I have seen people both recommending and not recommending it - the climate being different makes sense as to why some do/don't.
 

Gizalba

Member
If your comfortable, they are. My t room is currently sitting at about 68f give or take a few degrees. And my ts are just fine.
What happens if I am not comfortable though? :p I am a very 'cold' person so in winter I have to wear about 4 layers in the house. I figured, I can't put jumpers on my Ts... lol.
 
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