South American Tarantula Species


Brazilian Black Tarantula (Grammostola pulchra) Jon Fouskaris

Brazilian Black Tarantula

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The Brazilian Black Tarantula has often been called the "best pet tarantula", with good reason. Brazilian Black Tarantulas are very docile, impressive, and hence the name, jet black tarantulas. They are in the same genus as the Chilean Rose Tarantula (Grammostola rosea), but are slightly larger and more active than Chilean Rose Tarantulas. The Brazilian Black Tarantula, like the Chilean Rose Tarantula, has been known to go on fasts lasting several months. They are very popular tarantulas, and you may find yourself paying a high price for even a spiderling, but remember that it is worth it. Females of this species have been known to live for over 20 years! The Brazilian Black Tarantula is a great tarantula for the classroom, for zoo displays, and for any collector.

Photo Description: ADULT FEMALE - Specimen provided by West Coast Zoological. - Photo taken by Mark Hart..


Grassland areas of Brazil and Uruguay




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

Full Grown Size:

5 to 6 inches

Growth Rate:

Slow speed.


75 to 85? F


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


Docile and calm.


75 to 80%. All tarantulas that have at least a 3" leg span may drink from a shallow, wide water dish.


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


No decorations are really needed, but you can add a log, or cork bark.

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