Pink Toe Tarantulas (Avicularia spp.)

The Pink Toe tarantulas hail from the humid, rainforest areas of Central and South America and are typically arboreal – meaning they like to rest above the ground often on the surface of trees. One common place to spot Pink Toes in the wild is to take a look for webbing around the leaves of banana plants – though please take care as the deadly banana spider also favours such habitats!

At present the Pink Toes (Avicularia spp.) are in something of a taxonomic mess and so apart from the more common species it can be something of a challenge to tell them apart with many species being cross-bred or mis-identified in captivity though it is fair to say that there are a decent number of different species available with more being introduced to the hobby all the time.

In general Pink Toes are so called for the obvious reason that the typical spider is a black to slate-gray color with bright pink ends to it’s legs. Interesting the juveniles are often the other way around with a pink body and legs and having black tips to the toes instead.

Avicularia spiders can be reasonably easily kept in captivity and whilst they can run fast if disturbed they seldom try to bite so are reasonably safe and easy specimens to keep in the home.

As with the care of all exotic pets the key is to carefully consider, and then try to mimic, the wild habitat of the Pink Toe if they are to thrive in captivity.

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This means that a taller rather than longer tank tends to work well. I have my few specimens in cages around 16″ tall by 10″ long and deep. Some suitable substrate should be placed on the floor of the tank – I find a mixture of peat-free compost and vermiculite does well – and care must be taken to ensure that the humidity is kept up. This means regular spraying with tepid water, whilst at the same time ensuring that air can circulate otherwise mould and fungus can quickly become a problem.

One wall of the tank should have a heat mat taped to it to warm the spider and also to create a thermal gradient where your tarantula can choose an area of the tank which is the ideal temperature for him or her.

As these tarantulas are arboreal I like to include pieces of cork bark and artificial vivarium plants that my spiders can climb up, carefully attached with aquarium sealant to prevent them falling over and damaging the inhabitant. If you can find some curved pieces of cork bark of a similar internal dimension to your spider you may find, as I have, that your Pink Toe will happily web up the hole in the bark creating a snug place for your spider to hide during the day.

Feeding is as per most tarantulas with a wide selection of live foods in the form of crickets, locusts, moths and so on being suitable. Pink Toes can be hungry spiders on account of how quickly they will grow so try to feed your spider more regularly than one might with other tarantulas and I often find mine will eat almost daily when given the opportunity.

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