Other common names: Tigerrump
Scientific name: Cyclosternum fasciatum
The Costa Rican Tiger Rump Tarantula is a small, terrestrial burrowing tarantula which is native to Costa Rica and Guatemala. It lives in humid, moist, tropical forest areas.
Appearance / health:
The Tigerrump’s full grown size is about 4 inches, making this a relatively small tarantula. They are primarily a black or dark brown color with orange to red markings on its abdomen creating stripes or similar markings. These tarantulas make great show specimens.
Behavior / temperament:
This species is not considered too aggressive, but it does get a bit defensive. They tend to be skittish and nervous, making them a bit harder to hold. Not recommended for beginners.
A 5-10 gallon tank is more than enough space for these tarantulas. They are terrestrial so floor space is more important than height.
Temperatures should stay around 70-80F with humidity levels between 75-80%. Provide tank décor that will allow the tarantula to hide in or burrow under. Water can be provided with a very shallow water dish. Mist the tank and keep the substrate damp but not sopping wet. Good substrate choices are potting soil, peat moss, vermiculite, eco earth (bed-a-beast), coco fiber.
Small insects such as young crickets, mealworms, and young roaches can be fed. Offer food 1-2 times a week or more if there appetites allow. Spiderlings will accept pin head crickets as well as flightless fruit flies.
Once a mature male makes a sperm web, he should be introduced into the female’s enclosure. He will approach the female’s shelter cautiously, tapping and vibrating his legs. He will then lure out the female and will lunge forward grabbing a hold of her fangs and pushing her into an upright position. This gives him access to the female and he will then inject his fertilizing fluid into her.If fertilized, the female will produce an egg sac in the following weeks. After mating, the female will try to eat the male. Before trying to mate them, make sure there are plenty of hiding spots so the male can try to get away.
good eater, orange markings, beautiful spiders, display purposes
hairs, aggressive postures, young children, bite, handling, burrowing, hiding
hiding places, opportunistic burrowers, nice cave
My tiger rump spider
I lived in Costa Rica for a long time and a friend of mine brought me one of these spiders one day and I kept it inside a huge fish tank with plenty of dirt for it to make holes in it and also got some pieces of wood to create a nice cave like structure. This spider was very temperamental because sometimes I could touch it but others it would act very jumpy when I would reach to touch it. This is definitely not a pet to own if you want to cuddle with it lol.
You should also know that feeding the animal with live insects is important, or at least freshly killed crickets and grasshoppers. The thing is that this is the kind of food these animals should be fed with, so be prepared for that. If you want to display the spider, you should avoid using too much dirt in their enclosure because they will go deep in there and hardly show up just to get the food. Very cool exotic animal to own but not much of a companion. You really can’t teach tricks to a spider. They are really there for display purposes mostly..
From RobV Jul 11 2013 4:47AM
Costa Rican Tiger Rump
If you want a medium sized tarantula with a beautiful, colorful pattern, then the Costa Rican Tiger Rump is for you. It's stunning patterns make up for the fact that they are best left in their enclosure as a 'display pet' due to being fast an flighty. These guy's seemingly 'teleport' they are so fast when they want to be. My advice, get one and give it a nice home... and leave it there. :).
From VapinOnCloud9 Apr 14 2015 2:31PM