baby tarantula Spiderlings

Odds are if you’re here, you have a pet tarantula or are thinking about getting one. You’ve no doubt been scanning the internet and looking at advertisements from spider dealers and noticed that most focus on selling captive-bred baby theraphosids. If I may put my two cents in (as if I haven’t been on page…

Lasiodora Parahybana

Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater – Lasiodora Parahybana The long common name of this species suits its size, as salmon pinks are one of the world’s largest non-marine arthropods (possibly the third largest tarantula species).  Adults may range from 8 to 10 inches in legspan, maybe even bigger.  They are voracious feeders, fast growers, and very…

Grammostola rosea

These are some of the most common tarantulas sold in US pet stores.  Grammostola Rosea have recently undergone a host of name changes (from Phrixotrichus auratus to P.roseus and P.spatulata)since there are many color variations and people thought they were different species.  Rose Hair Tarantula – Grammostola Rosea Most are brownish overall (their rumps look…

Greenbottle Blue Tarantula

This is an absolutely gorgeous spider.  As youngsters, they have pink legs, a golden carapace, and a red and black patterning on the abdomen.  As adults, they have brilliant blue legs with orangish setae protruding forth, green carapaces, blue chelicerae, and orange opisthosomas with golden urticating bristles. Chromatopelma Cyaneopubescens or The Greenbottle Blue Tarantula The…

Brachypelma Vagans

Mexican Red Rump Tarantula – Brachypelma vagans This species has the widest range of all Brachypelma species, from the Yucatan peninsula to northeastern Costa Rica. As a result, they are very adaptable to a variety of environmental conditions. B. vagans reproduces easily, grows more quickly than the more “desert-oriented” species of Brachypelma, and is therefore…

Brachypelma Boehmei Mexican Fireleg Tarantula

These are incredibly gorgeous and docile beauties from southwestern Mexico. They have fuzzy black femurs, bright red “knees” that fade and end at black feet, and orange carapaces.  Mexican Fireleg Tarantula – Brachypelma Boehmei Range: Southwestern Mexico, south of Colima Habitat:  Moderately dry earth Size: Medium tarantula.  Fully grown, they’re about 5 1/2″ to 5…

Curly Hair Tarantula

These sweeties resemble little bears. They have fat rumps and are covered with dark brown to black fur.  curly hair tarantula or Brachypelma albopilosum Longer golden hairs sprout forth all over, particularly on the hind legs, and give them a very fuzzy appearance.  The carapace is dark and embossed with a thin sheen of golden…

Aphonopelma Seemanni

These are often found in petstores under the moniker “stripeknee”.  They are also known as “Pica Caballo” (horse biter) in northwestern Costa Rica due to local lore about them biting cattle and horses in the Guanacaste pastures. Aphonopelma seemani or Costa Rican Zebra Care Their coloring ranges from a dark almost black with near-white striping…

Heteroscodra Maculata

These are fast moving arboreal spiders with a black markings.  Heteroscodra Maculata or Togo Starburst Baboon Overall they’re grayish-tan with mottled black and spots, and lengthened leg hairs give them a fluffy appearance that belies their nature as very efficient predators.  Legs IV are thick. They are sometimes called “Ornamental Baboons” in the pet trade.…

Poecilotheria Regalis or Indian Ornamental Tarantula

Indian Ornamental Tarantulas are arboreal spiders from southern India that are delicately “airbrushed” with patterns of gray, white, and black on their dorsal sides, but have brilliant yellow and black “caution” bands on the undersides of legs I and II. Indian Ornamental Tarantula Care Legs III and IV and the pedipalps have an alternating black…

Cobalt Blue Tarantula Care Sheet

These cobalt blue tarantulas are feisty yet very shy bugs with legs that appear black under certain lighting and then seem to be a deep metallic blue at another angle.  Cobalt Blue Tarantula Care, Lifespan & Facts Their abdomens are grayish and they have gray to coffee-colored carapaces.  Their undersides are black.  The mature males…

Haplopelma Vonwirthi

Haplopelma Vonwirthi or Asian Chevron Tarantula Like most southeast Asian tarantulas, these are feisty burrowers with a “tiger stripe” pattern on the opisthosoma.  The females are generally all black after a molt, with the exception of their fuzzy orangish-brown abdomens.  This coloration, coupled with their disposition, has garnered them the pet trade names of “Thai…

Pterinochilus Murinus the Orange Baboon Tarantula

These are fast-growing (and fast-moving) spiders with black markings on their abdomens and a starburst pattern on the carapace. Orange Baboon Tarantula – Habitat, Lifespan and More! They’re generally orange with very reflective scopulae on their tarsi and metatarsi, and they have chocolate-colored undersides.  Some are more reddish overall and some are golden.  The “Golden…

Eucratoscelus Pachypus

These are ground dwellers of east-cental Africa’s scrubland.  They have extremely thick rear legs with tufts of hair protruding forth.  The mature males have much less incrassate rear legs. Tanzanian Stoutleg Baboon or Eucratoscelus Pachypus Overall, they’re a chocolate brown.  Their carapaces are chestnut colored and their front two pairs of legs are grayish.  Range:…

Ceratogyrus Marshalli

These are the most spectacular of the “horned” tarantulas, as the protrusion from the carapace is a large spike that may approach an inch in length in older individuals. Like their cousins in the Pterinochilus genus, Ceratogyrus spp. prefer a dry habitat with room to burrow. Straight Horned Baboon or Ceratogyrus Marshalli Care C. marshalli…

Great Horned Baboon Tarantula

Ceratogyrus sp. (aka pet trade C. brachycephalus) These are spiders from the same subfamily as Pterinochilus spp. Like their cousins, they grow quickly, web profusely, and prefer a somewhat drier habitat. They are distinguished from other species of tarantula by a unique forward-facing “horn” that arises from the center of the carapace. Contrary to its…

Pinktoe Tarantula Care Guide

Pinktoe Tarantula or Avicularia avicularia Complete Guide! Avicularia means “small bird” in Latin. When Karl Von Linne (also known as Linnaeus) attempted to catalog virtually every animal on the face of the Earth, this was the first tarantula to make his list. In 1758 (the time of Linne’s publication), they were generally all called “bird…

Hysterocrates Gigas

These are “baboon” spiders from central Africa that love to dig. There are several species in the Hysterocrates genus that are all quite similar. H. gigas may range from a rusty overall color to black (they are a beautiful black after a molt and then fade to the rusty color shown at left), and they…

Psalmopoeus Irminia (Suntiger Tarantula)

These New World arboreals are some of the more striking tarantulas due to their dark legs, which are embossed with a bright pattern of orange on the metatarsi and tarsi. The carapace and pubescence surrounding it are green under the right light, especially fresh after a molt, and the dorsal side of the abdomen has…

Tarantula Hair and Urticating Bristles

Tarantula Hairs: Nature’s Pepper Spray For those tarantulas from the New World (North, Central, and South America), hairs on their abdomen are more than just a nice fur coat. Equipped with teeny-tiny barbs on the end of these hairs, the tarantula can send hundreds of them flying through the air at once, thus warding off…