is one of my favourite spiders. It looks like a
fluffy spider that you'd hang from your rear-view
mirror of your car! All that sooty-black
fluffyness with those feet that look like they
have stepped in orange or pink paint! Almost the
clown of Tarantulas ;-)
This was the very first tarantula
to be described (by Linnaeus in 1758).
The spider is an arboreal (tree
living) species and builds long silken tubes in
folded leaves high up off the floor of the
This spider is relatively
widespread and can be found in:
Guyana, Brazil, Venezuela and Trinidad
The size of the female is upto: 5
Males measure in at upto: 3.5 inches
The requirements in captivity
An arboreal tank setup.
Humidity - least 80 percent (there is a high
mortality rate in captivity due to desication).
Temperature range - 75-85
Substrate - Vermiculite or peat.
Branches or other suitable
steralised roosts for the silken tubes to be
Diet - All suitable insects. In
the wild they will eat tree frogs, inscets and
the occassional roosting bird.