Scientific name: Aphonopelma behlei
The Grand Canyon Black Tarantula is found in the Grand Canyon region of northern Arizona, and is uncommon in captivity.
Appearance / health:
Aphonopelma behlei has a black body, with red abdomenal setae, and whispy reddish setae covering the legs. They reach 5 inches as adults.
Behavior / temperament:
The Grand Canyon Black Tarantula is slightly aggressive.
blue undertones, prettier tarantulas
wild-caught adults, defensive spiders
Got a small .5" leg span spiderling recently. I would agree with the previous reviews of this species being very active and "fearless". Each time I open its cup for feeding it walks right up the side and out. When I try to encourage it to go back in it does not run from my finger but merely walks right onto it; quite an adventure convincing it to go back into the cup. It does not seem to feel the need to run hide. This is a captive bred specimen, so time will tell with the temperament as it matures.
They are difficult to find due to their relative newness to the hobby, and apparent lack of interest from hobbyists; very few are trying to breed the species.
From Scoolman May 8 2011 7:57PM
Looks can be deceiving
This is, no doubt, one of the prettier Tarantulas. The A. behlei is black with blue undertones and reddish hairs. A freshly molted GC Black is simply gorgeous.
While I have seen pictures of people handling their GCBs, I have not yet met one that doesn't lead with her fangs. I don't mean to put people off, I just want to make sure you understand they are pretty defensive spiders and appear to be fearless. The moment I open Megabyte's cage for feeding she is out of her hide and attempts to "get me." When I drop crickets in she "attacks" them, not as if to eat, but to defend her turf. Once she realizes they are food she then grabs them and eats them. And I've seen this with other peoples' GCBs as well. So I would not recommend this one for kids. It is quite possible that because these are wild-caught adults (mine and the others I have seen) they are more defensive than they might be if raised from an egg sac.
She has plenty of personality, and seems to (I know I sound crazy) stare at me from time to time when I am in my home office. This is another spider that takes a LONG time to mature (I know someone who has successfully bred a pair). They take a couple of years to reach over an inch in length.
Despite all my warnings about temperament I WOULD recommend this spider and I would urge people to attempt to breed them.
From Tuishimi Jul 13 2010 6:54PM