Large and often hairy arachnids belonging to the Theraphosidae family of spiders, of which approximately 900 species have been identified. This article only describes members of Theraphosidae, although some other members of the same suborder are commonly referred to as "tarantulas". Most species of tarantulas are not dangerous to humans, and som...
Large and often hairy arachnids belonging to the Theraphosidae family of spiders, of which approximately 900 species have been identified. This article only describes members of Theraphosidae, although some other members of the same suborder are commonly referred to as "tarantulas". Most species of tarantulas are not dangerous to humans, and some species have become popular in the exotic pet trade.
This GORGEOUS velvet black terrestrial species with its docile and hardy nature is very sought after in the hobby. They are indigenous to Brazil, do best with temps between 65-78F (18-25c) and 55-65% humidity. The growth rate of the BB is slow to medium and females can reach close to 7" at maturity. They are opportunistic burrowers so deep substrate is...
The Brazilian Giant Whiteknee Tarantula (Acanthoscurria geniculata), is a species of tarantula native to forests of Brazil. It is commonly referred to as the whiteknee tarantula, giant whiteknee tarantula, giant white knee tarantula or Brazilian giant whiteknee tarantula as a homage to its brilliant black and white banded legs.
Although they do not have red bodies, Costa Rican Red Tarantulas are appealing, medium-sized, tarantulas. They get their name from the shaggy red hairs on the legs and abdomen. Costa Rican Red Tarantulas actually have a black to dark brown overall color. These tarantulas are not as docile as other Brachypelma species, but they are just as rewarding.
The Brazilian Salmon Pink Bird-eating Tarantula (Lasiodora parahybana), also simply known as the Salmon Pink, is a relatively large tarantula from north-eastern Brazil. L. parahybana is considered to be the third largest tarantula in the world (behind Theraphosa blondi andTheraphosa apophysis; however, the largest spider is...
The Rose Hair Tarantula (Grammostola rosea), also known in the United States as the Chilean rose tarantula, Chilean flame tarantula, Chilean fire tarantula or the Chilean red-haired tarantula (depending on the colormorph), is probably the most common species of tarantula available in American and European pet stores today.
The Greenbottle Blue Tarantula (Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens), a native of the Paraguaná peninsula, Venezuela, has some of the most dramatic coloring of any spider species. Adult greenbottles have metallic blue legs, a blue-green carapace and a vibrant orange abdomen. They are very active, fast-growing and particularly attractive to tarantula hobbyists.
Brachypelma vagans is a species of tarantula known commonly as the Mexican red rump or Mexican black velvet. It ranges predominantly in Mexico, but can be found as far south as Belize, El Salvador, and Guatemala. They are terrestrial, burrowing spiders. The reason for the name red rump is because of its distinctive red hairs on its abdomen.
The mature Brachypelma smithi has a dark-colored body with orange patches on the joints of its legs. The second element of the legs is orange-red. Following molting, the colors are more pronounced. The dark portion is very black while the orange-red portions will be far more on the reddish side.
The Mexican Fireleg resembles its better known relative, Mexican redknee tarantula (Brachypelma smithi) in its dramatic orange and black coloration. Though the adults of the species range from 5 to 6 inches in size. This species of tarantula has a slower growth rate than many of the larger South American tarantula species.
Brachypelma Albopilosum or Honduran Curly Hair. The B. Albo is indigenous to Central America ranging from Honduras to Costa Rica. It's best kept between 70-85 F (21-29c) with humidity between 65-80%.
Hysterocrates Gigas or Cameroon Red Baboon is indigenous to Africa. It's natural habitat is the floor of the Cameroon rainforest. It thrives at temps between 80-95 F with humidity between 60-90%.