Martinique Pink Toe (Caribena versicolor) Tarantula Care Sheet

This is Aviculuria versicolor, the Antilles Pink Toe tarantula. Full care sheet is provided for this species.

Originally described in 1837, Caribena versicolor is the thing of legends; it’s not uncommon for new tarantula enthusiasts to quickly add it to their “bucket list” of species they want to keep – and for good reason. There can be few who would deny that Caribena versicolor is truly one of the most beautiful tarantulas known to science. …

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King Baboon (Pelinobius muticus) Tarantula Care Sheet

The King Baboon is arguably one of the most impressive of all the tarantulas. It is considered to be the largest tarantula found in Africa. While some articles claim that big adult females attain legspans of up to 8” across in truth my biggest specimens are closer to 7″ and are many years old. Alongside …

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Chilobrachys fimbriatus (Indian Violet) Tarantula Care Sheet

Chilobrachys fimbriatus

Chilobrachys fimbriatus is an Asian species of burrowing tarantula. They are popular pets due to their attractive appearance, reasonable price and their habit of producing copious amounts of web. At the same time tarantulas from the Chilobrachys genus are also not without their warnings. They are considered to have quite potent venom when compared with …

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Skeleton Tarantula (Ephebopus murinus) Care Sheet

The Skeleton tarantula is very well-named indeed. It is primarily a rich velvety black in color, with white stripes down its legs – which really do make it look like a tarantula that has dressed up as a skeleton for Halloween! If we’re honest, many species of tarantula are quite similar in terms of behaviour, …

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Orange Tree Spider (Pseudoclamoris gigas) Care Sheet

The Orange Tree Spider, often better-known by its Latin name Pseudoclamoris gigas, is perhaps one of the lesser-known pet tarantulas. All too often tarantula keepers start off with one or two “slow and steady” species ideal for the beginner – such as the Chilean Rose Hair or the Brazilian Black – and then rapidly move …

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Pterinopelma sazimai / Brazilian Blue Tarantula Care Sheet

When I first started keeping tarantulas back in the 1990’s there were only a couple of “blue” tarantulas available – and even then only rarely. These were the Cobalt Blue (Cyriopagopus lividus – in those days known as Hapolpelma lividum) and the Greenbottle Blue (Chromatomeplam cyaneopubescens). All this has changed in recent decades, with a …

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How to Handle Tarantulas

Nhandu chromatus

If there’s one question I hear more than any other it’s whether or not I handle my tarantulas. The answer often disappoints: not all tarantulas can be handled safely, while it is generally considered better not to handle even the more docile species. The reason is simply that handling even friendly tarantulas can still pose …

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Do Male Tarantulas Die After Mating?

Do male tarantulas die early?

Male and female tarantulas live very different lives after maturity. Depending on the species, female tarantulas can live for decades, hidden away in burrows or tree crevices. For male tarantulas, however, the clock starts ticking as soon as they reach maturity. Male tarantulas roam far and wide in search of receptive females. But what happens …

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