South American Tarantula Species
Trinidad Chevron Tarantula (Psalmopoeus cambridgei) Jon Fouskaris
The Trinidad Chevron Tarantula is one of the most popular arboreal species. It's large size, and interesting look makes it many people's favourite species! Trinidad Chevron Tarantulas have been acknowledged as "adorable" and "cuddly" due to it's fuzzy appearance. Hence the name, the Trinidad Chevron Tarantula has a chevron marking on it's abdomen, and has bright orange stripes on the ends of it's legs which visibly separates this species from most others tarantulas. Trinidad Chevron Tarantulas can be found in most collections because it is a common species. This species is a good choice for the intermediate keeper, even though they are fast tarantulas. Trinidad Chevrons are inexpensive, easily distinguishable captive tarantulas that are great for most tarantula collections.
Photo Description: ADULT FEMALE - Specimen provided by West Coast Zoological. - Photo taken by Mark Hart..
Tropical areas of Trinidad & Tobago.
Spiderlings eat flightless fruit flies, pinhead crickets, and other small insects. Adults eat crickets, moths, flies, other large insects, and an occasional small lizard or pinkie mouse.
Full Grown Size:
4.5 to 5.5 inches.
75 to 85? F.
Spiderlings can live in a tall clear plastic container with air holes. Adults can live in a 10 to 15-gallon tank. Height is more important than floor space.
Semi-aggressive and nervous.
78 to 82%. All tarantulas that have at least a 3" leg span may drink from a shallow, wide water dish.
2 to 3 inches of peat moss, or potting soil.
Branches, live plants, vines, etc. make good hiding places and provide a base for the web. Moss can be added for floor cover.