Brazilian Black and White Tarantula

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Other common names: Black and White Tarantula

Scientific name: Nhandu coloratovillosus (syn. Brazilopelma coloratovillosus)

The basics:
The Brazilian Black and White Tarantula is a terrestrial spider which is native to grasslands in Brazil. They are not a burrowing species, and are mainly found under rocks, logs, bark, and other items on the land.

Appearance / health:
This is a fairly large tarantula, growing up to 8 inches. The color of these tarantulas is primarily black or dark brown, with wide white rings or bands around its legs.

Behavior / temperament:
These tarantulas are known as being semi-docile but are also known to be aggressive. Temperament will vary between individuals, but nearly all of them will not hesitate to flick the hairs off their abdomens at potential threats. Since this is a very rare species, they are expensive and highly desirable. Not recommended as a first tarantula, advanced keepers and/or expert keepers are recommended.

An adult will live fine in a 10-15 gallon tank. Spiderlings and younger tarantulas can live in a clear plastic container until they are big enough for the adult tank. Floor space is more important than height; they are terrestrial.

Temperatures should be 80-85F with humidity levels of 75-80%. Substrate could be peat moss, vermiculite, potting soil, or a mix of these. Substrate should be 3-5 inches deep and damp. Keeping the substrate moist will help keep up the humidity level, however the substrate should not be overly wet. A small shallow water dish may be provided and cleaned frequently. Add tank décor that will allow this spider to hide such as cork bark, driftwood, logs, etc.

Adults will take any large insects such as crickets, cockroaches, grasshoppers and other insects. They will also take super worms and king mealworms as well. Larger adult specimens can have an occasional pinkie or fuzzy mouse. Spiderlings and young tarantulas will eat pin head crickets and fruit flies.


aggressive eaters, Nice display animal


extremely slow grower, threat display

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