Semi Docile Tarantula Species

North American

Costa Rican Red Tarantula (Brachypelma angustum) Jon Fouskaris

Costa Rican Red Tarantula

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Although they do not have red bodies, Costa Rican Red Tarantulas are appealing, medium-sized, tarantulas. They get their name from the shaggy red hairs on the legs and abdomen. Costa Rican Red Tarantulas actually have a black to dark brown overall color. These tarantulas are not as docile as other Brachypelma species, but they are just as rewarding. Costa Rican Red Tarantulas will flick urticating hairs as a primary defense. They are smaller than most Brachypelma species also, but they are heavy-bodied. Costa Rican Red Tarantulas are pretty hard to obtain in captivity. Surprisingly, Costa Rican Red Tarantulas are usually not very expensive though. They resemble Mexican Redrump Tarantulas (Brachypelma vagans) in appearance, although Mexican Redrump Tarantulas are generally larger. If you a beginner, and are looking for a less docile species, the Costa Rican Red Tarantula should be considered.

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

Range:

Forests of southern Mexico and Central America.

Type:

Terrestrial..

Diet:

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

Full Grown Size:

3.5 to 4 inches.

Growth Rate:

Medium speed.

Temperature:

75 to 85? 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:

Semi-docile and nervous

Humidity:

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

Substrate:

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

Decor:

Logs, driftwood, cork bark, etc. make good hiding places.

Other Names:

N/A.


South American

Brazilian Black and White Tarantula (Brazilopelma colloratvillosum) Jon Fouskaris

Brazilian Black and White Tarantula

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The Brazilian Black and White Tarantula is a very rare, expensive, and desirable tarantula species! It is another beautiful black and white striped tarantula, like the Brazilian Whiteknee Tarantula (Acanthoscurria geniculata), but with broader strips of white hairs. This tarantula species can get fairly large too, adding to it's appeal. The Brazilian Black and White Tarantula is not usually seen for sale in the United States, but can be found easier in Europe. These tarantulas aren't too aggressive, but won't hesitate to flick urticating hairs if disturbed. Brazilian Black and White Tarantulas can be great display tarantulas because they are so hard to obtain, along with the beauty they possess. If you are looking for a great rare tarantula for your collection, keep this species in mind, and keep looking!

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

Range:

Savannah, grassland, and pampas areas of Brazil.

Type:

Terrestrial..

Diet:

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:

6.5 to 8 inches.

Growth Rate:

Medium speed.

Temperature:

80 to 85? F.

Housing:

Babies can live in a clear plastic deli-container with air holes. Adults can live in a 10 to 15-gallon tank. Floor space is more important than height.

Temperament:

Semi-docile and calm

Humidity:

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

Substrate:

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

Decor:

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

Other Names:

Brazilian Giant Black and White Tarantula.


South American

Greenbottle Blue Tarantula (Chromatopelma cyaneopubes) Jon Fouskaris

Greenbottle Blue Tarantula

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The Greenbottle Blue Tarantula is one of the most beautiful tarantula species in the world. With metallic blue legs, a blue-green carapace, and a vibrantly orange abdomen, few other species can compete in the category of coloration. The genus name Chromatopelma actually derives from the Greek word "chroma", meaning "color". It is still a mystery why this species possesses such remarkable coloration, although bright markings do act as a warning for would-be predators in other venues of the animal kingdom. The Greenbottle Blue Tarantula is a resilient and easy-to-keep species in captivity. They can tolerate a wider temperature range and lower humidity levels than most South American species. There is still some confusion amongst tarantula keepers though as to whether this species should be kept in an arboreal or terrestrial set-up; with some hobbyists even calling them "semi-arboreal" due to the extensive webbing that they apply both vertically and horizontally. The range of the Greenbottle Blue Tarantula is believed to be limited to dry areas in northern Venezuela. In the spring of 2002, arachnologist Rick C. West traveled to Venezuela's Paraguan? Peninsula in search of these puzzling creatures. He found large webs of this species constructed near vegetation on sandy soil. Therefore, the reason Greenbottle Blue Tarantulas create such broad webs may be to secure a grip on their unstable and open habitat of shrubs and sand dunes. Needless to say; they are not arboreal. The Greenbottle Blue Tarantula is an intriguing, stunning, and wonderful species for any invertebrate enthusiast!

Photo Description: ADULT FEMALE - Specimen provided by Darwin Sinram - Photo taken by Jon Fouskaris.

Range:

Desert and scrubland habitat of northern Venezuela.

Type:

Terrestrial.

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:

Medium speed.

Temperature:

70 to 85? 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:

Semi-docile and nervous.

Humidity:

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

Substrate:

2 to 3 inches of peat moss, or potting soil. Sand may be mixed into the substrate.

Decor:

Logs, driftwood, cork bark, etc. make good hiding places and provide a base for the web.

Other Names:

Venezuelan Greenbottle Blue Tarantula, and Orange Bottlebrush Tarantula.


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