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Emerald Skeleton Tarantula

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Scientific name: Ephebopus uatuman

The basics:
The Emerald Skeleton Tarantula is a terrestrial species which is native to North Guyana and Brazil. It is a fast and somewhat aggressive species, which is not recommended for beginners.

Appearance / health:
The Emerald Skeleton Tarantula has an attractive emerald sheen to the carapace and abdomen which fades quite quickly after a molt. Similarly, the "skeleton" stripes are not evident.

Housing:
An adult will live fine in a 10-15 gallon tank. Spiderlings and younger tarantulas can live in a clear plastic container until they are big enough for the adult tank. Floor space is more important than height; they are terrestrial.

Temperatures should be 80-85F with humidity levels of 70-85%. Substrate should be a mix of peat moss and vermiculite or potting soil can be used and should be 3-5 inches deep. Keeping the substrate moist will help keep up the humidity level, however the substrate should not be overly wet. A small shallow water dish may be provided and cleaned frequently. Add tank décor that will allow this spider to hide such as cork bark, driftwood, logs, etc.

Diet:
Adults will take any large insects such as crickets, cockroaches, grasshoppers and other insects. They will also take super worms and king mealworms as well. Larger adult specimens can have an occasional pinkie or fuzzy mouse. Spiderlings and young tarantulas will eat pin head crickets and fruit flies.

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