Scientific name: Aphonopelma sp. New River
The New River Rust Rump Tarantula is a terrestrial Tarantula species from the New River region in Arizona. They are popular in the hobby for their handsome coloring and meild temperaments. They can grow to 5 inches.
Appearance / health:
Carapace is light golden as legs, and the abdomen is black covered with bright red setae.
Behavior / temperament:
The New River Rust Rump Tarantula has a mild temperament, however it can be a little skittish and prone to sudden darting movement. As with most American tarantulas, New River Rust Rumps have irritating, urticating hairs on its abdomen. If stressed, it may “kick” these hairs. these hairs in a very small cloud behind it.
Being from arid habitats in Arizona, the ideal substrate for the New River Rust Rump would be sand. Temperatures should be kept between 76 - 84 F.
A small shallow dish can be used to provide water. Other tank décor should be added to make climbing easy since they are tree dwellers by nature.
The New River is an aggressive feeder, and will eat anything from crickets, grasshoppers, cockroaches, beetles, moths, and other flying insects, to anole lizards. They will also take mealworms and moth larvae, but these have to be given sparingly due to their fat percentage and the calcium-phosphor.proportions. Additionally to normal food, meat (for example chicken hearts) can be given on rare occasion; but because the spiders react to movement, it has to be moved with a tweezer or a thread.
white colored legs, stunning looking tarantula, Beautiful US tarantula, great unusual addition
fairly unusual Aphonopelma, slowest growing tarantulas, dusky brown, light tan head
A fairly unusual Aphonopelma species, that you don't see often. If you get the opportunity to buy one - do it. They are striking dusky brown and dark brown tarantula that grow fairly large (around 5-6") and chunky. The ones I've experienced have all been docile and handleable, not prone to aggression or hair flicking, but still easy to feed and care for. Fairly confident, I've not experienced one hiding away - so a nice display as well. All round a decent pet or a great unusual addition to a collection..
From Athravan Jun 16 2015 3:18AM
Beautiful US tarantula, if a bit skittish
I bought Laila, a sub-adult Aphonopelma species, 'New River' tarantula about 3 months ago. My New River is quite nervous, so much so, that when I first got her, I considered her 'Look only, Don't touch'. That isn't too exciting, as this species (indeed most Aphonopelma) love to hide away in thier burrows. So, why do I rate this T so highly? They are simply gorgeous! Pictures don't even come close to showing the beauty of this species. The abdomen has rust red hairs on a nearly black background, a light tan head and thorax, and the legs alternate black, and a soft pink, with black 'toes'. Also, the color of these can be quite variable, pictures often show New Rivers with black and white colored legs.
In Laila's defense, I will say that she has calmed down quite a bit.. My worry, incidentally, is not that I might get bitten (although it's always possible) , but rather that Laila might get spooked and fall off my hands.... A fall from any height could kill an adult tarantula. To minimize any risks, I always handle her in a carpeted room, either on the floor, or on a sofa, etc. New River tarantulas tend to calm down quite a bit once taken from their enclosure. In the wild, some Aphonopelmas build large and elaborate burrows, perhaps this nervousness is related to defense of the T's 'territory'? I don't know.
Oddly, one of this spider's good traits, is also one of its' bad traits.... LOL! Aphonopelmas are among the slowest growing tarantulas. How slow? How about an Aphonopelma chacodes that is around .5" after 2 years?! (see attached 'motivational poster' ;) ) Now, the upside of this slow growth, is that Aphonopelmas may be among the longest-living tarantulas. While the current world record holder is a Mexican Red leg (B smithi) that lived an estimated 37 years, I have heard from 2 different breeders that female Aphonopelmas could potentially live 40 years or more. The fact is, people haven't been keeping tarantulas, or records of them, long enough for anyone to say for sure. Even a novice tarantula keeper should expect a female T to live at least 20 years. (With the exception of some fast growers, and arboreals, e.g. Avicularia sp.)
And these beautiful spiders are natives of the good ole' USA! Arizona, to be exact. Also, as they are found in rather inhospitable areas (for people) they currently are not borderline endangered, as many Mexican and Brazilian species are. This also means that many US Aphonopelma are quite inexpensive. I believe I paid $30 for an approx. 3" New River. As they are such slow growers, I paid a little extra for the dealer to pick the largest individual he could find.
Now, I better be fair to Laila: Once she does settle down, and if I keep my movements slow and controlled, Laila is a very docile tarantula. The required disclaimer: All T's are, and will always be, wild animals, and COULD bite. With that said, I honestly don't believe Laila ever would bite.. ever... Nor has she ever flicked hairs at me. It is also quite likely that she will settle down in time. Remember, 3 months isn't that long for a tarantula!
Edit: Laila is slowly getting used to being handled. She is very gentle.
Overall, a stunning looking tarantula, however I would only recommend this tarantula to an intermediate T owner.
From marcfrick2112 Apr 26 2011 7:42PM