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Pumpkin Patch Tarantula - Hapalopus Formosus (Colombia)

Pumpkin Patch Tarantula - Hapalopus Formosus (Colombia)

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Hapalopus Formosus: The Pumpkin Patch Tarantula—Halloween's Fuzzier Mascot!

Why Choose the H. Formosus?
Move over, Jack-o'-lanterns, there's a new Halloween mascot in town! The Hapalopus Formosus, colloquially known as the Pumpkin Patch Tarantula, is a seasonal sensation that you can enjoy year-round. If you're looking for a tarantula that has the color scheme of a Halloween enthusiast who went wild at an arts and crafts store, look no further. We're talking a vivid, ghoulish mix of oranges and blacks so spectacular, it's as if the tarantula is perpetually screaming "Trick or Treat!"
Key Features:
🎃 Spook-tacular Colors: It's like a tiny, eight-legged Halloween decoration that occasionally does the Monster Mash across its enclosure.
👻 Hardy and Easy Care: Think of them as the pumpkin spice lattes of tarantulas—ubiquitous and not requiring a barista's skill level to manage.
Care and Husbandry:
Despite its flashy exterior, the H. Formosus is impressively low-maintenance. These dwarf tarantulas are hardy and can adapt to a range of conditions. A dry substrate and a simple hideaway are all they ask for—making your life eerily easy.
If you want to celebrate Halloween 365 days a year without annoying your neighbors, this vibrant and low-maintenance tarantula is the perfect way to do it.
Latin/Scientific Name: Hapalopus Formosus (formerly Hapalopus Colombia Large)
Common Name: Pumpkin Patch Tarantula
Type: Terrestrial
Category: New World
Locale: Colombia
Size: Adult females reach around 3-4 inches, males are typically smaller
Urtication Hairs: Typically no, but they can.
Stridulation: No
Growth Rate: Moderate
Life Expectancy: Females: up to 8-10 years; Males: 3-4 years
Recommended Experience Level: Perfect for all levels, from arachno-newbies to arachno-ninjas
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Shipping costs:

I charge a standard rate of $50 for shipping tarantulas, and isopods.
I take a loss on shipping, on every package.
There are many costs associated with shipping that are not evident on the surface level:
An insulated box.
Cold/heat pack.
The vials that the animals go inside of have to be drilled a certain way.
The preparation of the vials with padding takes labor to make.
So $50 for shipping is actually a bargain.
Packages go out usually Monday/Tuesday and sometimes Wednesday.
I will not ship after Wednesday, because if there are shipping delays, I do not want it to go over the weekend.

Live Arrival Guarantee:

I offer LAG (Live Arrival Guarantee) on every single package that I ship.
Animals usually arrive at your doorstep, or your nearest FedEx hub the following day after I ship.  Usually 10am, but that is not always the case.
Sometimes it might take an additional day to arrive, but that is rare.
In the RARE case that the animal/s arrive DOA (dead on arrival), the receiver MUST send photos and video to me within an hour documenting the condition of the said animal.
We will then discuss replacement options if that is the case.
I've been shipping and sending hundreds if not thousands of packages over the last 10 years with an impeccable track record.
Shipping costs on DOA’s are never refundable.

Local Pick Up: 

Local pick up in Los Angeles is always available.
If you live close, come pick up the animals.
I can also personally deliver the animals the same/next day if the order is over $200.



Where do you get your enclosures?
For a good quality enclosure, I recommend Herpcult Enclosures

What substrate do you use?
I prefer coco fiber substrate mixed with peat. Usually a 80/20 mixture.
Coco or similar
Sphagnum Peat Moss or similar

What temperature do you keep your tarantulas in?
I have my room set at 80°F, but they will be perfectly fine in temperatures between 69°F-83°F. I prefer using the Govee thermometer.

Are tarantulas venomous?
Yes, all spiders are venomous. However, tarantulas do not possess a medically significant venom. There have been no records of any humans dying due to a tarantula bite.

What happens if I get bit by a tarantula?
On the rare occasion that you get bit by a tarantula, remain calm. Do not run hot water over the wound because it will speed up the spread of the venom. Instead, clean the bite mark with room temperature water and monitor your symptoms. If your pain does not go away, please consult a physician.

What do you feed your tarantulas?
I feed my tarantulas crickets, roaches, mealworms, or superworms. However, crickets are always the easiest and most accessible from pet stores.
Tongs I use are- My favorite option or a less expensive alternative.

How often do you feed your tarantulas?
I feed my tarantulas once a week or bi-weekly.