Other common names: Metallic Pink Toe Tarantula
Scientific name: Avicularia metallica
The Metallic Pinktoe Tarantula is an arboreal species which is native to tropical forests of Colombia, South America.
Appearance / health:
Adult females can reach 6-7" in DLS (diagonal leg span). They are an overall blue-green spider, with large pink tips on their "toes". What sets them apart is a thick, bushy covering of white, almost fiber optic looking setae covering their legs and abdomen.
Behavior / temperament:
Can be skittish, but is usually relatively calm and docile. Those familiar with tarantulas can usually handle them with ease.
Arboreal housing (more height than floor space). Provide a large arboreal enclosure, with plenty of air flow and steady (but not swampy) humidity.
Invertebrates smaller than itself - crickets, roaches, mealworms.
web burrow, great displays, metallic blue color, absolute best beginner
taller enclosure, arborealtree dwelling
A Spider Named Boots
Never in my life did I think I would be a spider owner. I didn't mind them being around (outside), but I certainly never imagined I would voluntarily keep one as a pet in my home. That was, until I met my boyfriend. He had always had an affinity for spiders, and owned a Rosehair before buying the Pink Toe.
He bought Boots for us late last year, and I had the pleasure of seeing just how remarkable these spiders can be. Boots was just a baby when we got her, and we've already been able to witness her molt twice. When she emerges, she twice the size as the molt she left behind! She is also a beautiful metallic blue color with pink toes (hence where we got the name "Boots"). She creates beautiful webs, and is not shy at eating her prey in front of you. She doesn't like being handled as much as the Rosehair did, but once you get her to calm down, she will sit incredibly still on you. If I had to list an negative about owning this particular species, it's that they are arboreal, and are capable of jumping, so you have to be very careful when handling them to ensure they don't jump off.
Overall, if you're looking for an easy-to-take-care of pet that requires little maintenance and is nice to look at, I certainly recommend a tarantula. But maybe keep the Black Widow's outside..
From Aplentl Jun 22 2014 10:15AM
Avicularia cf. metallica
A. metallica are somewhat controversial amongst serious tarantula enthusiasts. Many will say that the species as we know it in the hobby is not the "true" A. metallica that was described, and that those spiders, in fact, are not in the hobby anymore.
However, there is a very clearly distinguished A. metallica in the hobby - whether it is the "true" species or not, it is what we refer to what is currently in the hobby. These spiders are quite large for Avicularia (6-7" for adult females is not uncommon). They are an overall green/blue coloration, but what makes them truly unique are the complete lack of red hairs on the abdomen (which distinguishes them from A. avicularia) and the overall presence of white tipped setae (hair) on their legs and abdomen that has an almost "fiberoptic" appearance.
This spiders can be skittish, but most are very docile and easy going, making them good animals for handling should the owner choose to do so. Care should be taken since they are a larger spider to ensure that falls are not possible. Thought they are arboreal, falls from a great distance could still result in injury or death to the spider.
Spiderlings are a little more fragile and need more precise husbandry than juveniles and adults. Care must be taken to achieve the right balance of humidity and air flow.
This is a great starter spider for most due to it's low cost, ease of availability, temperament and overall appearance..
From HeartlandInvert Jul 14 2014 3:43PM