Other common names: California Tarantula
Scientific name: Aphonopelma eutylenum
The Ebony Tarantula is native to California and close surrounding states. They are commonly found in rocky, grassy, land areas and have been also seen in more desert arid areas too.
Appearance / health:
These tarantulas are primarily dark brown to black in color. They reach up to 5 inches in total legspan.
Behavior / temperament:
The California Ebony Tarantula has been known to be pretty docile and laid back towards humans. Once settled into their new environment, handling can be done as often as needed. Like all tarantulas and spiders, this tarantula may bite and produce venom. A person will allergies or in bad health may have minor effects to this. Always use caution while around tarantulas of any species.
A single adult will live fine in a 10 gallon tank. Spiderlings and juveniles tarantulas may be kept in small plastic deli cups with adequate ventilation. Other adult enclosures commonly used are critter keepers, Tupperware containers, and plastic shoe boxes.
Temperatures should be around 75-80F with humidity levels between 60-70%. Provide water using a shallow water dish. Substrate is best as coco fiber, vermiculite, potting soil, peat moss, or a combination of either. Tank décor to be added should be items that will allow the tarantula to hide. These include premade hides, bark, rocks, driftwood, cork bark, and any items commonly found in pet stores.
Like all tarantulas, the California Ebony needs a diet of soft bodied insects. These include crickets, cockroaches, flies, and other invertebrates such as meal worms, super worms, etc. Large adult specimens can also be offered the occasional pinkie mouse.
great little spider, awesome appetite
backcountry roads, CA tarantual season, extremely slow growing, mating season
Houdini's great escape
We acquired this tarantula - along with all of his accessories -from our friend who worked at the local pet shop. Mostly, this was a fine pet. The spider lived on a healthy diet of spiders, which were let loose in the cage once a week. We were told that he hunted them, although we never happened to be present for the occasion. He seemed pretty quiet, and so I was cool with him living with us.
It turns out that tarantulas are quite strong - and fast. Ours figured out how to escape his terrarium (the lid was slightly loose), and he went missing. We found him chilling in the living room after searching the entire house for two hours. It was because of this that we let him go free (this species of tarantula is native to our area, so we knew he'd be safe living in the yard)..
From creativmind Sep 19 2015 3:02PM
Aphonopelma cf. eutylenum
This is one of the more rare U.S. native species in the tarantula hobby, and one that is not easy to identify. Despite that, they are definitely one of the more attractive Aphonopelmas, and have quite the robust appetite.
Care must be taken to not let the spider eat too much - these guys can and will become obese to the point that they could very easily injure themselves in a fall or on decor in the enclosure from the abdomen being so large.
The temperament on these guys is a little more on the feisty side. They readily kick hairs, and will attempt to bite if pestered. I would not recommend them for handling, though they do seem to stay out in the open quite a bit, so they are pretty good for display..
From HeartlandInvert Jul 14 2014 1:55PM