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Orphnaecus philippinus - Philippine Tangerine Tarantula



Welcome to the intriguing world of the Orphnaecus philippinus, also known as the Philippine Tangerine Tarantula. This remarkable species hails from the lush forests of the Philippines, offering a vibrant splash of color to the tarantula enthusiast's collection. Known for its striking orange hue, the Philippine Tangerine is not just a visual delight but also a species that showcases the diverse beauty of tarantulas. It's a perfect choice for those looking to add an exotic and colorful specimen to their collection.

Care Details:

  • Temperature: The Orphnaecus philippinus thrives best in a temperature range of 75 to 85°F (24 to 29°C), which encourages active feeding and healthy growth.
  • Humidity: A humidity level of around 70-80% is ideal for this species. While I personally don’t use water dishes in my setups, they can be safely added if preferred.
  • Housing: Being a terrestrial species with a penchant for burrowing, young Philippine Tangerine Tarantulas are best housed in a 1 oz to 4 oz deli container with fine ventilation. For adults, an enclosure that is 2 to 3 times their leg span, with ample substrate for burrowing, is recommended. Remember to request your free container at checkout for baby tarantulas.


The diet of Orphnaecus philippinus includes a variety of insects, such as crickets, Dubia roaches, and other cockroach species. For juvenile spiders, smaller prey like baby crickets and roaches are ideal. If the prey is too large, it can be incapacitated before offering. Always remove uneaten food to maintain a clean environment and prevent mold. Occasional treats like a small pinky mouse are fine, but these should be offered sparingly.

In-depth Facts:

  • Latin Name: Orphnaecus philippinus
  • Common Name: Philippine Tangerine Tarantula
  • Locale: Native to the Philippines.
  • Category: Terrestrial, with a strong tendency to burrow.
  • Size: Females generally reach 4-5inches.
  • Urticating Hairs: Not present in this species.
  • Growth Rate: Exhibits a moderate growth rate.
  • Life Span: Females have a lifespan of around 8-10 years, while males mature out around 3-4 years. 
  • Recommended Levels: Lovers of asian species.

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Safety Disclaimer:

Handling the Orphnaecus philippinus should be done with respect and care. While their bites are not dangerous to humans, they can be quick and may react defensively. Safe and respectful interactions are essential for a positive experience with these captivating creatures. Please remember, handling is at your own risk, and I cannot be held responsible for bites.