Other common names: Colombian Lesser Black Tarantula
Scientific name: Xenesthis immanis
The Colombian Lesserblack Tarantula is native to Columbia, South America.
Appearance / health:
8-9" DLS (diagonal leg span) as adults, these are an overall black spider with a pink starburst on their carapace, especially apparent after molting. Mature males are particularly striking in coloration upon their final adult molt. This species has thick, curly urticating setae on the abdomen.
Behavior / temperament:
Defensive and skittish in nature, these will not hesitate to rear up in threat display, bite or flick urticating setae if disturbed. Not recommended for handling, but makes an awesome display animal with its size and coloration.
Large to extra large terrestrial enclosure with ample room to burrow and/or at least one hide. Moderately difficult to care for, this species is prone to escape by "chewing" through some container lids. They have been reported to be able to chew through screen aquarium toppers, so care should be taken to keep them contained. They do require at least moderate humidity.
Invertebrates smaller than itself - crickets, roaches, mealworms.
absolutely gorgeous species, black velvety legs, big colorful terrestrial
strict humidity requirements
decent display species, large water dish
Worth the expense
Like all of genus Xenesthis, X immanis (the Colombian Lesserblack) is fairly pricey even as a spiderling. For those interested in large, tropical terrestrial species from South and Central America, though, this species is worth the price. As this species grows, it gets long, black velvety legs and has striking purple and black patterns on its carapace with peach or rose-colored setae on its black abdomen. It is an absolutely gorgeous species, but it is not a good spider for a first species.
While X immanis does not have the strict humidity requirements of a Theraphosa species, it is a large tropical spider that will enjoy some humidity in its enclosure. I keep mine on very slightly moist substrate with a large water dish and a large hide. It tends to be very skittish and has a good amount of speed (for a terrestrial) so it could get away from a less-experienced or more careless keeper. Not very defensive, so the risk of bite is low, but because of its skittish nature and slightly more demanding husbandry requirements, I cannot recommend this spider as a beginning tarantula.
Overall, the species is not hugely active, but is often out in the open, so it makes a decent display species. Even if it is not out in the open all the time, it is so striking that it makes up for the time it will spend under its hide.
Absolutely recommend this tarantula to any intermediate keeper or above who is looking for a big colorful terrestrial from the tropics..
From EponymousDrew Sep 11 2014 2:33AM