Scientific name: Grammostola pulchra
The Brazilian Black Tarantulas is a terrestrial species which is native to grassland areas of Brazil and Uruguay. Brazilian Blacks commonly take over already made burrows from other species, however, if necessary, they will also dig their own. Their burrows are commonly found at the base of trees or under rocks.
The Brazilian Black Tarantula is popular in the pet trade because of its docile and gentle temperament, and because it tends to have a long lifespan - with females sometimes reaching 20 years of age.
Appearance / health:
Brazilian Black Tarantulas are usually jet black with short fine hairs which giving it a velvet-like appearance. Their full grown size is typically 5-6 inches.
Behavior / temperament:
These tarantulas are often called the best tarantula pets available. These are docile and have low aggression levels. These are commonly used in schools and zoo displays and for good reason. These are highly recommended for beginners.
Young tarantulas or spiderlings can live in a clear plastic container; adults do fine in a 10 gallon tank. Since they are terrestrial, floor space is more always more important than height.
The temperature range for this tarantula is between 70-85F and the humidity levels are about the same at 70-80%. Substrate should be peat moss, vermiculite, or potting soil mix and should be about 3-5 inches deep. Keep the substrate moist but not overly wet. A shallow water dish may be kept inside the tank and cleaned frequently. Tank décor is not really needed unless providing hiding spots.
Adults can eat nearly any insects like crickets, cockroaches, and other large insects. Larger specimens can also have an occasional pinkie mouse or small lizard once to twice a month.
Generally these tarantulas are easy to mate. Females, unless they are close to a molt, almost always are receptive to the male’s breeding attempts. The females are also not always inclined to attack the male after breeding. Introduce the male to the female after he has spun a sperm web. He will then entice the female out of the burrow and begin to attempt mating. If they are successful, she will produce an egg sac with in the next couple weeks. In order to get successful egg sacs, the females need to go through a cooling period. Brazilian Black’s are good mothers but it’s still good to pull out the egg sac a week after it was made and manually incubate and hatch them yourself.
black velvet appearance, GREAT Pet Species, docile tarantula, voracious eaters, good beginner species
easy husbandry requirements, low maintanence, terrestrial style, weekly water misting
"Review: Brazilian Black Tarantula
Ms. Bitsy is a lovely, fury, creepy, and intelligent tarantula. Anytime I come in my room her, and her eight legs, come slowly strutting across her cage. She's going to be eleven this year in June. I'm very glad I decided to get a female, because they live to be around twenty years old, while the males don't last as long. I'm very comfortable with having my friends hold her, because she's not aggressive at all. Bitsy, of course, gets her name from "The Itsy Bitsy Spider." Although, she was never found in a spout, or gutter, or anything like that. Bitsy was bought from a real-deal breeder. I originally got her to help get over some of my fear of spiders. I've always been afraid of them and having her as a pet has been tremendously therapeutic. Arachnids are really great and easy animals for anyone of most ages. I'd recommend a Brazilian Black or any Tarantula.."
From ShawnHatfield Jan 17 2016 12:01AM
"Busy as could be
My little guy was a great pet. The only reason he went away was my wife had a bit of a problem with the idea of having a tarantula and a baby. So he went to a friend.
I only owned one spider, but the experience was great. His food was easy constituting of crickets, grasshoppers and mill worms. He was really cool, because he seemed to be an interior decorator at heart. He would dig himself a burrow, leave it for about a week, then collapse it and dig a new burrow. All the activity was fun to watch.
He was also easy to handle. The only thing that creeped friends out was, he alway ran up your arm and toward your head. The reality was he liked hair. He would tuft up long hair like making a burrow.
It was also easy to tell if he didn't want to be held. I'd put my hand in the cage and he would run right up. If he didn't it usually meant he was hungry. I would definitely own one again. He was a fun pet.."
From AnimalLoverr Mar 24 2016 9:38AM
Some people buy a pet for the experience of having a slice of nature in their home. I was one such person. I bought the Brazilian spider after reading a bit about them, and the thought of it reminded me of how I used to feel about exotic creatures when I was a child. I envisioned a "science experiment" type of experience where I would watch the spider grow and nurture it into a full grown, healthy spider.
My first encounter involved putting on a thick glove and holding a pencil in the far corner of the glass cage. This is the recommended practice to test the temperament of your spider. Well, the moment I placed the pencil down in the cage, the spider rushed my hand with it's front legs raised and it's fangs snapping at the pencil. This happened in a fraction of a second, and I nearly knocked the cage to the floor with my reaction (which was to violently pull my hand out of the cage). My heart was pounding and all I could think of was "how the heck am I going to take care of this thing?". I awoke that night with a start after dreaming that the spider had escaped it's cage and crawled into bed with me. This was not going to be an easy experience.
Then came the mice; live mice. I would put these small mice into the cage which resulted in a the spider attacking, dispatching, and then wrapping them in their silk. This was a gross, disgusting experience for me. Imagine how the mouse felt.
I would not recommend spider ownership for anyone but a pet owner with a strong stomach. This is an absolute necessity. My little friend made his way back to the pet store where I hope someone a bit more experienced than I made his acquaintance. I do think, in retrospect, that this type of pet is best left where it belongs; in the wild.."
From Peter318ss Aug 23 2015 4:27PM