Complete Care Guide to Pink Toe Tarantula


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Complete Care Guide to Pink Toe Tarantula 1

Avicularia avicularia

General Information

 

Introduction
Arboreal species commonly available in the pet trade. Usually contains greens, blacks, and browns, with the obvious pink to reddish, to orangish toes (toe colouration may vary from specimen to specimen)

Note- Tarantulas are not hands on pets as a rule, some are more TOLERANT to handling than others, none of them LIKE to be handled. This species will flick urticating hairs, though probably not as often as other species, they will if annoyed or threatened.

Also note, all spiders can bite and have venom, some are obviously more dangerous than others, this is not considered a dangerous species, and is generally unlikely to bite, but realize that it can.

Distribution
Northern South America, up to Peru and Colombia, and east to Guyana, most commonly imported from Peru and Guyana depending on the season

Habitat
Arboreal species, spends time in tube shaped web off the ground. Females can spend entire life within several feet of their self-made burrow, whereas males will go hunting at much greater distances for a mate.

Size
Adult size averages 5″- 5.5″ in diameter.

Temperament
Typically docile, but easily stressed, often nervous and very fast.

Longevity
Like most tarantulas, the females can live up to 15+ years with proper care, whereas the males usually die within a year or so of reaching sexual maturity.

Captive Care

Diet
Spiderlings – pinhead crickets, flightless fruit flies

Instars and Adults – appropriately sized crickets, roaches, etc. or the
occasional pinky mouse for variety

Temperature
Temps should not exceed 80F, the misconception of tropical species is that they all need high temps, which is true for terrestrial species of low elevations, animals at high elevations and arboreal animals and tarantulas in general, though in a region typified by hot tropical climate, usually need considerably lower temps, due to the heavy airflow they experience being higher off the ground, or simply having lower temps due to elevation. Generally room temperature (averaging between 70F and 75F) is sufficient, but if you should need additional heat, under tank heaters, heat tape, or heat rope is preferable to heat lights, as heat lights will dry out the habitat far more quickly. An appropriately sized UTH should suffice, and most likely will create a thermal gradient of 5-7 degrees from one side to the other. Being ectothermic poikylotherms, arachnids will regulate their body heat through cage position.

This species can easily tolerate temperatures down even to 60F without adverse effects; however, at lower temps the spider may become more sluggish, and less likely to eat. With tarantulas it is better to err in keeping them too cool than too warm, heat will kill your pet in a hurry.

Humidity
***This species require humidity of no lower than 85%, if you cannot maintain high humidity do not purchase this species, this species also require heavy ventilation, so as to not stagnate the air, this combination is no easy feat, especially in the relatively dry average household***

A drop in humidity even for a few hours will prove fatal for this species, as a rule arboreal species are far more sensitive to changes in humidity than are terrestrial species. The best way I’ve seen to keep humidity high is with a top soil substrate (Note-not potting soil as there could be dangerous chemicals in it) about 2″ deep that is kept moist to wet, don’t keep standing water on top of it, but if it is muddy you’re in the clear, on top of the soil use sphagnum moss that you can buy at any pet store, or garden supply store, this will simultaneously keep your spider from getting in the wet topsoil, and create a naturalistic looking setup, that is rather aesthetically pleasing. I’ve heard of using compressed coconut fiber type substrates, but it has been my experience that they do not retain moisture as well as the topsoil.

Minimum Required Space
10 gallon aquarium; height is more important than floor space

Also make sure to have hiding places, by using fake or live plants, driftwood, etc.

Breeding
I have not bred this species, but typically if conditions are right, most inverts will breed on their own. A word of caution, if you keep two tarantulas together permanently, understand you will eventually have one well-fed tarantula.

Resources

Suggested Reading
The Guide to Owning a Tarantula by Jerry Walls

Other Useful Websites
http://www.arachnopets.com/tarantulas/tcsc.htm

http://www.petbugs.com

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