Other common names: Black and White Tarantula
Scientific name: Nhandu coloratovillosus (syn. Brazilopelma coloratovillosus)
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
"If you are a spider lover, this is a must have. Care for the Brazilian Black and White Tarantula is simple as it gets. Like a snake, they feed weekly or sometimes even farther apart. They can live perfect happy lifes never leaving the cage if it is large enough and the right habitat is provided (sticks, beding, rocks, foliage, ect.) Handling these creatures can be a task at first. They are extremely quick movers. If your Tarantula is used to being handled, this might not be the cash. I have had a few different spiders but tarantulas have always been my favorite mainly do to their large size. The Brazilian Black and White Tarantula is high up on my list.."
From dbaker2012 Apr 5 2015 1:20PM
"These guys are pretty, but most definitely not the pet for everyone! I had actually acquired mine at a reptile show, I was actually looking for a Mexican red knee and couldn’t find one. The man selling all the arachnids convinced me that these guys were exactly like red knees, docile. I like to show my critters to other people and teach, so I like animals that I can hold (relatively well, in any case). Like my Rose Hair. That most definitely was not the case. After going home and doing my research, I saw they were far more aggressive than Mexican red knee. Though there were some reports that they “could” be docile.<br><br>The good thing about the Brazilian black and whites is that they are aggressive eaters, I've never had an issue with mine not eating. And they were fast growers. Nothing compared to the Mexican red knee I own now (who’s an extremely slow grower). I actually ended up giving my guy to a breeder who was looking to raise a black and white, as mine was still small. Very pretty to look it, however! If you are looking for a show case arachnid, you could most definitely go with one of these guys! Great display animal!."
From lucidremedy Jan 30 2015 9:28AM