Embark on an enthralling journey with the Avicularia avicularia, commonly known as the Pinktoe Tarantula. This arboreal beauty hails from the tropical rainforests of South America, enchanting enthusiasts with its strikingly delicate appearance and docile nature. The Pinktoe is distinguished by its velvety black body and, as its name suggests, captivating pink-tipped toes, making it a visually stunning specimen. Ideal for both beginners and experienced keepers, the Avicularia avicularia offers a gentle introduction to the world of tarantulas, adding a touch of exotic elegance to any collection.
- Temperature: The Pinktoe Tarantula thrives in a range of 75 to 85°F (24 to 29°C), which encourages healthy eating and growth behaviors.
- Humidity: A humidity level of around 65-75% suits the Avicularia avicularia perfectly. While I personally don't use water dishes, adding one to the enclosure is harmless.
- Housing: As an arboreal species, the Pinktoe Tarantula requires vertical space to climb and web. For babies, a small vial up to 5 inches tall and 2 inches in diameter with proper ventilation is ideal. Remember, free vials are available at checkout—just ask! Juveniles and adults thrive in taller enclosures, 12 to 16 inches in height, to mimic their natural tree-dwelling habitats.
The Avicularia avicularia enjoys a diverse diet consisting of crickets, and various cockroaches, including Dubia and Red-runner roaches. Baby tarantulas should be fed smaller prey like baby crickets and roaches. If only larger prey is available, incapacitate it before placing it in the enclosure. Always remove uneaten food to maintain cleanliness and prevent mold. Occasional treats like a small pinky mouse can be given, but sparingly, to avoid excessive calcium which is not optimal for tarantulas.
- Latin Name: Avicularia avicularia
- Common Name: Pinktoe Tarantula
- Locale: Brazil, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Trinidad and Tobago to Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.
- Category: Arboreal; enjoys climbing and creating intricate webs.
- Size: Generally reaches a moderate size, with leg spans around 5 inches.
- Urticating Hairs: Yes, but hardly kick, if ever.
- Growth Rate: Moderate; enjoyable to observe as it grows and develops.
- Life Span: Females live longer, often surpassing a decade, while males have shorter lifespans.
- Recommended Levels: Perfect for both beginners and experienced keepers due to its manageable size and docile nature.
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Handling the Pinktoe Tarantula, like any tarantula, should be approached with respect and care. Although their bites are rare and not harmful to humans, it's essential to handle them gently to avoid stress or injury to both the tarantula and the keeper. In my experience, the key to a safe and enjoyable time with these creatures is understanding and patience. Please note, handling is at your own risk, and I cannot be held responsible for any incidents.