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Psalmopoeus Emeraldus - Emerald Chevron



Psalmopoeus Emeraldus - Emerald Chevron

Introduction: Meet the stunning Psalmopoeus Emeraldus, commonly known as the Emerald Chevron. This remarkable arboreal tarantula is renowned for its vibrant green coloration and striking chevron markings on its abdomen. Originating from the lush rainforests of South America, the Emerald Chevron adds an exotic touch to any collection with its captivating appearance and intriguing behavior.

Care Details:

  • Temperature: Ideal range for most tarantulas is 75 to 85°F (24 to 29°C). Tarantulas in warmer environments eat more, grow faster, and molt quicker. This care flexibility makes tarantulas easy to maintain.

  • Humidity: 70-80%. Water dishes are not necessary, but if used, they pose no harm. I personally do not use them.

  • Housing:

    • Babies: A small vial up to 5 inches tall and 2 inches in diameter with ventilation. Free vials available at checkout. For larger than 2 inches, a 7-8 inch tall enclosure, and for adults, 12 to 16 inches. I can provide a vial free of charge, but you must ask me during checkout. If you do not ask during checkout, you will not receive one.
  • Diet: I personally give them a variety of crickets and cockroaches, including Dubia, Red-runner, Lobster, and Madagascar hissing roaches. For the baby tarantulas, baby crickets and baby roaches are ideal. If you have access to only one type of prey, that is also perfectly fine.

    • If you cannot find a small enough cricket or cockroach, just crush its head and leave it in the enclosure; your tarantula should handle the rest.
    • Remember to remove any uneaten food to prevent any mold growth.
    • And for an occasional treat, a pinky or hopper mouse adds a nice variety to their diet. Make sure to not overfeed rodents and feeder lizards to your tarantulas; these should be done every once in a while as a treat. Too much calcium is not good for the tarantula as it can cause compaction, and the tarantula might have a hard time pooping.

In-depth facts:

  • Latin name: Psalmopoeus emeraldus
  • Common name: Emerald Chevron
  • Locale: South America, particularly Venezuela and Colombia
  • Category: Arboreal; moderate webber
  • Size: Females can grow up to 6 inches, while males are slightly smaller
  • Urticating hairs: None
  • Growth rate: Fast grower
  • Life span: Females can live up to 15 years, while males have a shorter lifespan of 3-5 years
  • Recommended levels: lovers of south american species, especially in the Psalmopoeus genus.  

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Safety Disclaimer: Experiencing a tarantula bite is an extremely rare occurrence, and it's important to note that there have been no recorded fatalities due to a tarantula bite. The venom potency varies across species, with Old World tarantulas generally having stronger venom than their New World counterparts. Within the Old World category, the Poecilotheria genus is known for having particularly potent venom.

It's crucial to approach tarantulas with respect and understanding. If you happen to get bitten, which is unlikely, the key is to stay calm. In most cases, the discomfort is superficial and subsides within a few minutes to a few hours. However, bites from species with more potent venom may result in symptoms lasting up to a week. Remember, larger tarantulas tend to have more venom than smaller ones.

Please be aware that I cannot assume responsibility for bites. Tarantula handling should be done at your own risk. In my 11 years of experience with these creatures, I have only been bitten once, by a species with highly potent venom. While the experience was painful, the symptoms had completely disappeared after a week.

Handle tarantulas responsibly, and always prioritize your safety and the well-being of the tarantula.