Brazilian Black Tarantula

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Scientific name: Grammostola pulchra

The basics:
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

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Brazilian Black Tarantula

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