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Care Sheet

Trinidad mahogany tarantula (Tapinauchenius plumipes)


A native of Trinidad and also Surinam, this spider was first described by the famous arachnologist C.L.Koch.

The spider lives in tropical plantations where it makes silken
tubes under the bark of the trees found there. It is described as being 'basically brown, with a reddish abdomen. The males are smaller than the females, both are inclined to be fast moving and quite aggressive.

One keeper of this species has reported that they are great escapologists that would make Houdini look like a bumbling amateur.

This is considered an aggressive species, handling is definitely not recommended!

The requirements in captivity are:

As for keeping them as pets, many people keep these in large 12x12x12 (inches) tanks.

Like the other arboreal (tree living) species they require high humidity levels (above 80%).

As these are arboreal spiders, you must make provision for a retreat, such as a piece of cork bark glued to the side of the tank, or some other suitable materials, such as twigs for their tubular webs to be attached to. Substrate for the cage should be of peat/vermiculite mix, should be at least 1 inch deep.

An open water dish is a must, as is regular spraying of the tank with a plant mister. On no account should the humidity level fall below 70 percent!

Food: All standard invertebrates

Type: Arboreal (Tree Living)

Aggressiveness: Considered aggressive!

Venom Effect: Unknown, expected to be low-toxicity.

Geographic Range: Trinidad and Surinam

Requirements: 78 Fahrenheit

Humidity: 80%

Substrate: 1 inches

Shelter: Cork bark or suitable sterilised twigs.

Water: Open water dish, and regular mistings.

Longevity: Females are estimated to live for up to 12 years. Males mature at around the age of two years.


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