Tarantula By Temperament

Semi Aggressive South American Tarantula Species

Pinkfoot Goliath Tarantula (Pseudotheraphosa apophysis) Jon Fouskaris
*Information provided by Frank Somma

Pinkfoot Goliath Tarantula

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The Pinkfoot Goliath Tarantula is a highly desirable and massive tarantula species! Although the Goliath Birdeater (Theraphosa blondi) is renowned for being the largest spider in the world, some breeders and hobbyists believe otherwise. The Pinkfoot Goliath Tarantula was described 187 years after the Goliath Birdeater, therefore it's not as well-known. Recently, this species changed from the Pseudotheraphosa genus to the Theraphosa genus. Whether or not it's the largest tarantula species, the Pinkfoot Goliath Tarantula is still an immense spider, with some specimens recorded up to 13 inches in legspan! In the wild, they are found in burrows up to 24 inches in the ground! Since most people can't provide it with that much substrate in captivity though, and since most people want to see their tarantula, four to eight inches of substrate is acceptable. The Pinkfoot Goliath Tarantula is a moderately aggressive species with severe urticating hairs. It is not a beginner's species. Unfortunately, Pinkfoot Goliath Tarantulas are very rarely bred in captivity. They also can't be exported anymore, since Venezuela is closed to exportation. Pinkfoot Goliath Tarantulas are some of the hardest to find tarantulas in captivity, and they are quite possibly the largest spiders on earth!

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

Range:

Venezuela.

Type:

Burrowing..

Diet:

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

Full Grown Size:

9 to 13 inches.

Growth Rate:

Fast speed.

Temperature:

Around 80? F.

Housing:

Babies can live in a clear plastic deli-container with air holes. Adults can live in a 15 to 20-gallon tank. Floor space is as important as height.

Temperament:

Semi-aggressive and nervous.

Humidity:

75 to 80%.

Substrate:

4 to 8 inches of peat moss, or potting soil.

Decor:

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

Other Names:

Venezuelan Goliath Tarantula, Venezuelan Bird Spider, and Goliath Pinkfoot Tarantula.


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