Asian Tarantula Species


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..


Tropical rainforests of Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines.


Terrestrial, but will burrow to some extent.


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.


75 to 90? F.


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.


Aggressive and nervous


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


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


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.

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