Introducing the Theraphosa apophysis, also known as the Pinkfoot Goliath, a spectacular and lesser-known cousin of the famed Goliath Birdeater. Originating from the remote regions of South America, this species is renowned for its striking appearance, marked by vibrant pink feet that contrast beautifully against its dark body. With a leg span that can exceed 9-10 inches, it's one of the largest tarantulas in the world. The Pinkfoot Goliath is not just a tarantula; it's a living, breathing piece of natural art, making it a prized addition for any serious tarantula collector.
- Temperature: Ideal temperatures for the Theraphosa apophysis range from 65 to 75°F (24 to 29°C). These conditions encourage active feeding and growth.
- Humidity: This species thrives in a high humidity environment, around 80-90%. Despite this, water dishes are not necessary in my setup.
- Housing: One of the few species that I do recommend larger enclosures. For the larger specimens, you can use a 5 or 10 gallon enclosure.
The Pinkfoot Goliath's diet includes a variety of insects like crickets and different species of cockroaches. Given their large size, they can handle bigger prey items. Uneaten food should be removed to prevent mold growth. Occasional treats like a pinky mouse are fine, but these should be given sparingly to avoid excessive calcium intake.
- Latin Name: Theraphosa apophysis
- Common Name: Pinkfoot Goliath Birdeating Tarantula
- Locale: Found in the remote areas of South America, particularly Venezuela.
- Category: Terrestrial, not much webbing.
- Size: Females can reach over 10 inches in leg span.
- Urticating Hairs: Present, used as a defense mechanism. Type 3.
- Growth Rate: Medium
- Life Span: Females can live for many years, often surpassing a 15 years, while males have a shorter lifespan.
- Recommended Levels: Pretty easy to take care of, just gotta make sure you keep the humidity levels on the higher side compared to other tarantulas.
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It's important to handle the Pinkfoot Goliath with respect, as with all tarantulas. While their bite is not lethal, it can cause discomfort and mild symptoms. Larger tarantulas like the Pinkfoot Goliath can deliver more venom, so caution is advised. In my years of experience, I've learned that understanding and respect are key to safely enjoying these magnificent creatures. Please remember, handling is at your own risk and I cannot be responsible for bites.