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The pink tarantula of Guyana in South America is an arboreal rainforest species which builds thick tubular webs in which it lives out much of its life, emerging every night to hunt for its prey.
They can often be found in and around banana plantations and are regularly killed by the plantation workers who do not make any distinction between them and the deadly wandering spiders who share the same biotopes.
They are a medium sized fluffy black spider with some reddish hairs on the abdomen and bright pink toes. The young hatch out with pink legs and black toes and are quite large in comparison with the adults. Adults grow to around 5 or 6 inches in legspan and mature quite early on, males being mature in 18 months and females in 2 years.
This species had the ability to jump, officially about a foot, but it has been seen jumping to around a metre, and has the urticating hairs, but they are a different type to the ones usually employed by ground dwelling species.
Pink Toe Tarantula Vivarium
This is a hardy species provided three main rules are adhered to, firstly the humidity should be around eighty percent, which can be kept that high by misting twice daily with tepid water.
Secondly the temperature should be kept in the twenties, sixteen degrees Celsius is potentially fatal for this species. Temperature should be regulated using a thermostat.
Thirdly there should be good ventilation as they are prone to fungal infections in the high humidity. The vivarium should be arboreally set up, with suitable pieces of cork bark or fake plants for the spider to anchor its tube web to. Size is not overly important as the pink toe tarantula will build its web and then stay in there most of the time.
An adult can be housed in a small exo terra vivarium. Substrate should be eco-earth, vermiculite, orchid bark or a combination of the three as they help maintain humidity. An exo terra is recommended as it has a large mesh lid which helps maintain the good ventilation required.
Pink Toe Tarantula Feeding
Food for this species should be climbing or flying species ranging from bean weevils and various types of flies for spiderlings from small juveniles, up to locusts and climbing roaches for medium to large sized individuals.
In the wild they will take hatchling birds, small lizards and frogs as well as the usual array of moths, katydids, grasshoppers and cicadas. In captivity they can be given wild insect diet by catching large moths at night with a ‘bug catcher’ light trap or with a lamp and a net.