Asian Tarantula Species

Aggressive

Cobalt Blue Tarantula (Haplopelma lividum) Jon Fouskaris

Cobalt Blue Tarantula

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The Cobalt Blue Tarantula is one of the more beautiful, yet one of the more aggressive species of tarantula. The Cobalt Blue Tarantula looks almost black at a glance, but upon closer inspection, with certain lighting, this species shows a bright blue overall colour! These tarantulas are very popular, but aren't good for beginners. Cobalt Blue Tarantulas are extremely aggressive and fast. Even the spiderlings of this species have been known to show aggression! The Cobalt Blue Tarantula is uncommon in the wild, but is becoming more and more familiar in captivity. These tarantulas spin large webs even though they do spend most of their time in their burrow if given the opportunity. The Cobalt Blue Tarantula is an amazing tarantula for anybody who dares to keep it!

Photo Description: ADULT FEMALE - Specimen provided by Kelly Swift. - Photo taken by Zane "Cash" Vanlandingham Jr..

Range:

Semi-cleared tropical forests of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.

Type:

Burrowing..

Diet:

Spiderlings eat pinhead crickets, and other small insects. Adults eat crickets, and other large insects.

Full Grown Size:

4 to 5 inches.

Growth Rate:

Fast speed.

Temperature:

80 to 90? F.

Housing:

Spiderlings can live in a clear plastic deli-container with air holes. Adults can live in a 10-gallon tank. Floor space is as important as height.

Temperament:

Aggressive and nervous

Humidity:

78 to 82%. All tarantulas that have at least a 3" leg span may drink from a shallow, wide water dish.

Substrate:

5 to 6 inches of peat moss, or potting soil.

Decor:

No decorations are really needed. Moss can be added for floor cover, but leave some areas open for burrowing in the substrate.

Other Names:

N/A.


Aggressive

Malaysian Earth Tiger Tarantula (Cyriopagopus thorelli) Jon Fouskaris

Malaysian Earth Tiger Tarantula

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The Malaysian Earth Tiger Tarantula is a very rare and beautiful Asian tarantula. They grow to a fairly large size, and are a gem to any serious hobbyist! The Malaysian Earth Tiger Tarantula is a fast and aggressive species, like many other tarantulas from Asia, and will not tolerate you getting near it. They will face anybody, or anything, even if they are grossly out-sized! The Malaysian Earth Tiger Tarantula can be hard to establish in captivity, because many wild-caught tarantulas are full of parasites. That is why captive-bred spiders should be bought over wild-caught spiders. The first captive breeding of this species in the US, and possibly the world, was in April 2000. It was a cooperative effort between Frank Somma and his partner Tommy. The eggsac was dropped in June of the same year, and it contained some 200 spiderlings. This tarantula is still not common enough for someone to easily obtain a captive-bred Malaysian Earth Tiger Tarantula. Until then, the Malaysian Earth Tiger Tarantula will remain to be a rare, beautiful, and challenging species for collectors to want, hope, and wait for.

Photo Description: SUB-ADULT FEMALE - Specimen provided by Frank Somma. - Photo taken by Jon Fouskaris..

Range:

Tropical rainforests of Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines.

Type:

Terrestrial, but will burrow to some extent.

Diet:

Spiderlings eat pinhead crickets, and other small insects. Adults eat crickets, other large insects, small lizards, and an occasional pinkie mouse.

Full Grown Size:

6 to 8 inches.

Growth Rate:

Medium speed.

Temperature:

75 to 90? F.

Housing:

Spiderlings can live in a clear plastic deli-container with air holes. Adults can live in a 5 to 10-gallon tank. Floor space is more important than height.

Temperament:

Aggressive and nervous

Humidity:

78 to 82%. All tarantulas that have at least a 3" leg span may drink from a shallow, wide water dish.

Substrate:

4 to 5 inches of peat moss, or potting soil.

Decor:

Live plants, driftwood, cork bark, etc. make good hiding places. Moss can be added for floor cover.

Other Names:

Asian Chevron Tarantula, and Malaysian Blue Tarantula.


Aggressive

Thailand Black Tarantula (Haplopelma minax) Jon Fouskaris

Thailand Black Tarantula

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The Thailand Black Tarantula is a fast and very aggressive tarantula species. Thailand Black Tarantulas have been regarded to as "evil", "ferocious", and "wicked" by many experienced hobbyists, and trust me from first-hand experience, those are words of wisdom! These tarantulas aren't very colourful or rare, but they still make good challenges for tarantula collectors! Thailand Black Tarantulas can and will make deep burrows. Many Thailand Black Tarantulas that are imported from south-east Asia have parasites which has led to death in many spiders. That is one reason why you should buy a captive-bred tarantula over a wild-caught specimen. Thailand Black Tarantulas are on the less expensive side, when it comes to Asian tarantulas. If you are a hobbyist, and you think you can handle an "evil" tarantula, the Thailand Black Tarantula is a good species for you!

Photo Description: UNSEXED ADULT - Specimen provided by Steven Cheung. - Photo taken by Jon Fouskaris..

Range:

Tropical forests of Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand.

Type:

Burrowing..

Diet:

Spiderlings eat pinhead crickets, and other small insects. Adults eat crickets, and other large insects.

Full Grown Size:

4 to 4.5 inches.

Growth Rate:

Fast speed.

Temperature:

80 to 90? F.

Housing:

Spiderlings can live in a clear plastic deli-container with air holes. Adults can live in a 5 to 10-gallon tank. Floor space is as important as height.

Temperament:

Aggressive and nervous

Humidity:

78 to 82%. All tarantulas that have at least a 3" leg span may drink from a shallow, wide water dish.

Substrate:

5 to 6 inches of peat moss, or potting soil.

Decor:

No decorations are really needed. Moss can be added for floor cover, but leave some areas open for burrowing in the substrate.

Other Names:

Thai Black Tarantula, and Asian Bird Eating Spider.


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