Substrate standard stuff is fine--coconut or peat is fine. Nocturnal, and this species seems to be particularly photosenstive. I don't think there are any diurnal tarantulas. Lighting isn't necessary, but if you want to have a timed light to help establish a circadian rhythm, it wouldn't hurt (but again is not needed unless you keep it in the dark or something), as far as humidity goes--they like it nice and arid. Slings may be different, but they usually are.whats up guys. im planning on getting these beautiful species and as always im doing my homework. but i cant seem to find good sources. any help.
Substrait, nocturnal or diurnal, lighting, heating, humidity? all that sort of stuff . Thanx guys
Everything I've come across indicates they are from an arid climate.I've had the pleasure of chasing my H. mac up the wall and around the bathroom so if this is a starter tarantula, just...think about it and make sure you're ready. Jebbewocky pretty much has it down for their care except everything I've read and been recommended for H. mac is to keep them on moderately humid side. I've kept her around 75% humidity and she's been molting beautifully.
Agreed.Everything I've come across indicates they are from an arid climate.
That said, humidity really is insignificant for the vast majority of specimens--they aren't like amphibians (porous skin) or crustaceans (have gills), their exoskeletons are not water permeable. Just provide a water dish and you should be all set. There are several searches you can do here: Pikaia is a good user to search for, he's Stan Schultz, of the TKG.
That said, keeping it "semi-arid" probably won't bother the T either, but may increase your chances of mold.
And yes, chasing an H.maculata around a room is not very pleasant.